Editorial 07-08 - Being brave does not mean that you are not sometimes afraidFirst the opinion, and then the news:
Being brave does not mean that you are not sometimes afraid.
Never have I received so much response to an email missive than the last one, which bemoaned the sad state of affairs we all must endure. Our parents and grandparents worked hard and succeeded and so can we. The bigger the challenge, the greater should be our determination. Sure it's a crappy market, but we're still in the game, chomping at the bit, ready to go. It's not over until we give up. When times are quiet, we can either stand up taller and reinvigorate ourselves, or we can wilt. What do you choose?
This morning I left the house and had just finished locking the door behind me, when I realized that I had forgotten something inside. When I reopened the door and went inside, my dog, Sonny, was jumping and tail-wagging with excitement as if I had been gone all day. Sometimes we can all be a bit like Sonny. We get so involved with our day to day issues that we forget that we live in a cyclical economy. When things are trending down, we forget that it will come back, as it always has. When we are busy and things are trending up, we forget that that too will change.
We do all we can to cut the expenses and streamline our process, but there has come a point at which we have to make serious and sober choices. After having have retrenched and recharged, with clear eyes and focused determination, we rededicate ourselves to drawing on our courage and good name to carry forward through the anxious times. I know of few industries that have been unbruised by the economy. It is the brave and the proud that stand against the wind. So, with the strength of our reputation, conservative financial position, and eager anticipation, we reaffirm ourselves to carry on-- aggressively, honestly, and humbly.
Keep your chin up. Be focused, and remember that the measure of character is not getting over the tough times, but rather getting through them. Feeling sorry for yourself changes nothing and negative affects everything around you. Choose to be positive and optimistic. Not Pollyanna, but brave and strong.
In every downturn there is always someone who profits. Consider this a buying opportunity.
InfoPrint Solutions Company extends its continuous-forms laser printer portfolio with new entry-level models InfoPrint 100 and InfoPrint 75. Finally something to offer clients in the middle market. The troublesome IP62 can now be replaced without moving up into huge machines or down to "toy" machines. Haven't seen prices yet, as it isn't due until fall 2008, but I suspect it to be aggressive, as InfoPrint Solutions has been very focused on market share growth.
Approximately 1,200 IBM employees will join InfoPrint?s professional services team around the world, as agreed during the establishment of the joint venture, which is exciting because the highly regarded IBM on-site service personnel are now directly dispatched and focused on your printing infrastructure.
IBM announces an addition to the 4247 line of industrial dot matrix forms printers: 4247-X03. 800cps. The new units replace the -003 and V03 models and offer some minor tweaks and are now black instead of beige. The shape is odd and maybe familiar to those whom have bought machines from other vendors who had used the same Compuprint engines. You may also want to consider the Printek or Tally options
Special Promotion: Buy a new IBM High Speed - up to 135 pages per minute - Cut Sheet 2707 Family (2190, 2210, 2235) and you can get IBM 9x5 Next Day On-Site Repair for THREE years for only $ 1,650 plus 0.0057 per impression. That is no typo! Boy, if this isn't proof of aggressive marketing, I don't know what is.
InfoPrint Solutions Company extends its cutsheet solutions portfolio with the high-speed InfoPrint EMP156 printer. Up to 156 duplex impressions-per-minute. Breaks new ground in speed and cost-effective printing for cut sheet middle market.
New InfoPrint Color 1767 models offer twice the number of input drawers of current models. These new models feature twice the number of input drawers of current models. Each new model offers 2,180 sheets of input capacity. Duplex printing standard. Finisher and Booklet Finisher options available.
The InfoPrint Color 1764 MFP was named BERTL's Best 2008 honors: Best User Friendly Color Printer Range; InfoPrint Color 1764 was named Best Color Workgroup Printer; and InfoPrint Color 1769 and InfoPrint Color 1759 MFP were named Best User Friendly Workgroup Family.
Lexmark International Inc.'s X560n color laser MFP has earned a Spring 2008 "Pick of the Year" award from Buyers Laboratory Inc. The Lexmark X560n was selected for its ease-of-use, good feedback to end-user workstations and comprehensive management utilities. It also offers the highest toner yields of competitive products tested, which contributes to further improved productivity and an attractive cost per page.
BERTL's Best 2008 honors: Lexmark C500n: Best A4 Toner-Based Small Office/Workgroup Color Laser Printer. Best User-Friendly Color Printer Range: Lexmark C780n, C780dn and C780dtn, while the Lexmark C782dtn was awarded Best Color Workgroup Printer. X940e and X945e were named Best User-Friendly Workgroup Family which "feature an exceptionally easy-to-use, large color touch screen with large, easy-to-read text that is arguably the easiest touch screen to use among touch screens evaluated by BERTL." They feature Lexmark's award-winning e-Task color touchscreen interface, which can be customized to simplify complicated processes at the touch of an icon. This interface drives Lexmark's industry-specific workflow solutions, which are designed to help customers print less and save more.
Looking for a Replacement for discontinued Code Rangers? Try a PrintekMobile Label Printer for 30-days - at no cost! Cognitive announced the discontinuation of the Code Ranger and its accessories, effective March 28, 2008.
NEW Internal IPDS/Ethernet option for the PRINTEK FormsPro, FormsMaster, and PrintMaster printer models. IPDS/Ethernet (Part# 91781) Drop-In replacement for IBM 4247 series printers
David T. Mendelson
Argecy Computer Corporation
27280 Haggerty Road C21
Farmington Hills, MI 48331