Finally upgraded my printer

HP Photosmart 7520

Due to a slight misunderstanding with the picture for my daughters new passport that my wife is trying to get, I ended up doing a full upgrade of my homes scanning and printing capabilities. I have been itching to get a new printer for a while that was wireless so that I could print directly from my MacBook Pro. I actually had two different printers at he. One of them was over 10 years old but it made really awesome photo prints. My other one was only 5 years old but the print quality was less than stellar.

I did some research and finally settled on the HP Photosmart 7520. One of the requirements I had was that it would be able to print wirelessly. I don’t print an awful lot but there have been times when I needed to but I had to turn on my desktop, transfer files, and them do my printing. Now I have the ability to print wirelessly from my iPhone using AirPrint or through my wireless network. The ink setup is quite awesome too since it uses more inks than just two cartridges. I like how it has dedicated cartridges for just printing photos. I won’t be giving up my Shutterfly account soon but this will make creating prints easier and I can do it from home.

The best part about it was that I got it at Best Buy using their Price Mat program. Amazon.com offered the the printer for about $160 and at Best Buy it was selling for around $200. Since Best Buy price matches from Amazon, they gave me the printer for the Amazon price. That might make me go to Best Buy more due to price matching but since I now have Amazon Prime, shipping is down to 2 days. I also needed the printer ASAP to make my daughters passport photo. Time will tell how useful the printer is to me but I’m already ready to try to print out some 4×6 prints for my house.

iOS 7 Keynote was pretty cool

The Apple WWDC just kicked off this week and they were nice enough to show the keynote speech on Apple.com. There were a lot of great things around Mac and OSX (I’ll probably upgrade my MacBook when they release Mavericks) but what I was really interested in was the new iOS 7 that was announced. I’m a jail breaker for a reason because the native iOS has left out features that I want but with every iteration of iOS they give me less and less reason to jailbreak. iOS 7 is no different than the previous upgrades.

What was really compelling for me was notification center, the new toggles, and multi tasking. Notification Center became a lot like LockInfo which is my go to app for jail breaking. I love the ability to see my calendar and tasks on my phone and with the new iOS they have given me a reason to drop LockInfo from my must have apps for jail breaking. Just by looking at it, it has all the functions that I like about LockInfo and it looks way better (I don’t skin my LockInfo and just use it stock).

SBSettings is my second go to app because it gives me access to my toggles to turn on airplane mode, Bluetooth, and wifi just by swiping. This is another thin that has been solved. Instead of swiping the top of the screen I pull up from the bottom. The Apple version also adds music controls and access to some additional toggles that I don’t have with SBSettings. It looked super sweet on the live demo so I’m itching to try it.

Multitasking looks very familiar with its card interface. The interface closely mimics the multitasking interface used by webOS back when the Palm Pre was out on the market. Don’t get me wrong, I love the new interface for multitasking and before I got an iPhone 3GS I really wanted the Palm Pre but I was unwilling to switch to Sprint for it. I also like how the cards update in the background so it always has the latest information so that is going to be super useful.

The reason I will keep my iPhone jailbroken is because of My3G. This app allows me to use FaceTime over 3G. AT&T allows someone to use FaceTime over 3G but not if you’re on an unlimited data plan like I have. I am unwilling to switch to a tiered plan since I use a lot of data on my phone so if there is one thing keeping me tethered to jail breaking that is it. If I can get away with doing FaceTime over 3G without jail breaking I’m all for it but in the mean time I’ll keep my iOS 6 jailbreak. That doesn’t mean I won’t be able to enjoy iOS 7 by any means. I have a work iPhone that I possess so ill be upgrading that phone to fully test out the new iOS while enjoying the benefits of my jailbreak.

I guess I’ll be waiting until the fall for my software upgrade. Who knows, if the new iPad is truly awesome I’ll have iOS 7 on that device too.