Printing labels with thermal printers.

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How we use labels when printing with thermal printers around the home/office.

A while back I did an article about thermal printer repair and I want to show you how I actually use it with printing labels. In the previous article I was mostly focusing on what to look for when you’re going through old equipment and how to repair some of these older but great machines and all of the common defects that I have seen throughout the years. I still have my thermal printers and I use them for Ebay. Lately, I had a reader e-mail me asking me what thermal programs do I use to print the labels that I do?

Well, you’re in luck. Because I want to show you how to make a terminal printer work for you.

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Fixing my HP ScanJet 6300c FlatBed Scanner

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My ScanJet 6300c had some minor issues but we’re back online.

I just want to show you some quick pictures and guide on how I fixed my Hewlett Packard (HP) ScanJet 6300c to be as good as new again. The unit is approaching 16 years of age and is no longer officially supported by HP due to a planned obsolescence model that many newer companies now adapt. (some would say that HP was the leader in making hardware useless in a matter of years.) but perhaps that’s being a little too hard on a company. I scan a lot of physical copies of art sketches as you can plainly see by going to the sketches section of my site. 

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Li-Ion batteries in game controllers.


Li-Ion Batteries and multiple game controllers.

Okay, I have already done a Li-Ion Batteries in a controller article just dedicated to the Xbox controller. We’re pleased to report that despite the only controller in our house. Which was an original launch Xbox 360 controller. That the Li-Ion Battery packs have been operational.

But what about a simpler non-destructive approach to using Li-Ion batteries? Not just in Xbox controllers but in all other controllers? Well, read on if you would like to know more about this.

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USB power station for projects

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Power station for all of my USB needs wants and desires.

This blog is about the power station that took about 3 hours of assembly and costs under $10 by the time everything is said and done. Sometimes these are called “Dumb USB” as they don’t behave like a USB hub but just the basics such as power flow and that’s it.

As you know I play with a lot of devices that require 5dvc. Simply go through my guides and blog and you’ll see that the quality of the power supply can sometimes make or break whatever project that I’m working on . Since I had a lot of parts from the many projects I have done I decided to make a USB power station for all of my charging needs. Something that can easily deliver 3amps while still maintaining the voltage at around 5vdc (I have it set for 5.10vdc to anticipate voltage drop under load and it’s where a lot of cel-phone chargers sit at).

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Installing ADB driver for Ouya in Windows 10

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I can’t find the “OUYA” for unknown devices to install the ADB driver!!!

You are not going insane in finding an ADB driver to install and this is not an error to my original tutorial about how to Mod the Ouya for Cyanogen tutorial. This problem directly ties into the “NEW and Improved” way windows 10 64-bit edition handles drivers and how outright malicious Microsoft has become by fulfilling their own drivers over hardware vendors they have no business in half-assed’ly supporting. All of the documents and screen captures that I will be providing for you are accurate as of 4/27/2016 and when I originally made the Cyanogen tutorial I wanted this process to be as simple as possible. It’s turning out that Microsoft has other plans about their OS and the way it works forcing bloggers like myself to constantly made addendum entries about the same tutorials. Read on if you want to learn more about this beautiful disaster.

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XBCD – Original Xbox Controllers with Win10-8

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XBCD – Now with windows 10 love!

XBCD is an abbreviation for the “X-Box Controller Driver” Which has been around for almost as long as the Original Xbox Controllers themselves (approximately 2001-2003).

Back in the days when Microsoft got involved with the console wars they made a bunch of controllers for their X-Box units which people began to realize that if you just splice a USB cable on the end of the proprietary connection then you could use the Xbox Controller on your PC. Microsoft at the time really didn’t want to associate hardware from their console with hardware with their PC because a few corporate people back then felt it would disenfranchise their user base from actually purchasing an Xbox.

It wasn’t until the introduction of the Xbox 360 that Microsoft gave support for their users to use their beloved controllers on their PC’s and other devices. Even then Xbox 360 controller support for PC users came incredibly late throughout the production run of the Xbox 360.


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Ouya Anywhere installation to Cyanogen Ouya

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Ouya Anywhere Installation guide.

Ouya Anywhere is actually a title that was given by the Ouya fan community for the variant of “Ouya Everywhere” that was open for beta test by devs to load onto tablets during its initial release of the Abominable Snowman patch of the OS. However, since it allowed almost any capable android box to run this program it gained in slight popularity as a means of being apart of the Ouya Network without really having an Ouya or setting up a virtual box for developing things for the Ouya.

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Kodi Jarvis Bug: On Screen Display Subtitles issue

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The On Screen Display (OSD) bug in Kodi Ouya CM11.

Before I talk about the On Screen display issue there are a lot of people that visit my site that come from the Kodi website and that is totally cool! I love to see all of the people getting a little more life out of a console which was technically only supposed to last 1-2 years before the Ouya 2 was theoretically supposed to come out (and NO Razor, I’m not calling the Cortex the Ouya 2. Not happening.)

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Li-po and Li-Ion battery for the Xbox 360 controller.

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Make a li-po battery charging pack for your Xbox 360 controller.

A long time ago, hack a day did a breakdown on the rechargeable battery that you could buy for the xbox 360 controller. There really wasn’t a whole lot inside as a lot of your circuit for charging is actually in the charge cable. The only thing that was in the Xbox rechargeable battery is 2 Ni-Mh batteries rated at around 2100mAh, a thermal sensor, and a circuit board which has a little eeprom chip that simply informed the Xbox what kind of battery was installed into it.

In the spirit of the original hack posted by them. We will focus on working with replacing the battery cels in the Ni-Mh charger versus mutilating our Xbox controller.  Dead battery packs are very easy to find and often super cheap as people just want to get rid of them.

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Thermal Printer recovery and repair

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Making a commercial grade thermal printer work for your shipping and labeling needs.

This entry was started because for some reason throughout all of the years of repairing printers there hasn’t really been a good article about thermal printer repair. Usually when you look-up problems with these types of printers you ether get sucked into trap-sites that are trying to get your contact info. Forums which have a lot of dead links. Or some company that is only out to sell you a new thermal printer instead of fixing or even using the one that you already got. We’re old school Luddites and still believe the internet is a place for information. We will not sell you anything. If you find any of this information useful to you then awesome.

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