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Mark Atwood
fallenpegasus
fallenpegasus
HP, just how badly can you suck?
To print my boarding pass, I've plugged in the HP DJ 3915 I have had sitting about.

Now my laptop is downloading a 103MB "driver update" from HP.

Someone needs to explain to HP what a "printer driver" is and is not.
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From: vatine Date: September 23rd, 2008 09:55 am (UTC) (Link)
I suspect it's a fairly dumb printer, as these things go, and the "printer driver" contains a full rasteriser and other sundry.
clemtaur From: clemtaur Date: September 23rd, 2008 12:15 pm (UTC) (Link)
I concur, HP Has gotten.. sucky. The printer 'drivers' are approaching MalWare with stuff like ink level monitoring that invokes your browser with a site to order more ink when you get low..

I'm beginning to miss my old Epson tractor feed..
dossy From: dossy Date: September 23rd, 2008 03:00 pm (UTC) (Link)
Printer driver you crazy! Har har.

Yeah, the whole "downloadable firmware" thing is getting out of hand - maybe you could boot Linux on your printer ...
tithonium From: tithonium Date: September 23rd, 2008 07:46 pm (UTC) (Link)
Ok, that's CREEPY.

I clicked thru to read the comments on this post, and at the exact same moment, Software Update popped up. Turns out it wants to download and install a 52.5mb HP Printer Drivers Update.
mauser From: mauser Date: September 24th, 2008 03:52 am (UTC) (Link)
For even more fun, HP's update software can't seem to recognize that I've got an internet connection 80% of the time.
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