Is it time to retire the scanner ?

James B. Byrne byrnejb at
Mon Oct 24 21:02:08 UTC 2016

On Sat, October 22, 2016 16:13, Gerard Seibert wrote:
> On Sat, 22 Oct 2016 10:09:01 -0700, Mehmet Erol Sanliturk stated:
>> For that try to buy single purpose devices : printer , scanner ,
>> etc. , not in combination .
> Logistically, that can become a nightmare. If you are employing
> cables,
> then that doubles, or triples or more the number of cables you need.
> Also, you need to increase the space needed to accommodate these
> multiple devices.
> I have a printer/scanner/FAX/copier all in one and love the fact that
> I don't have devices all over my office.

Well, we have gone the route and returned much wiser for the
experience.  A dedicated device is inherently easier to troubleshoot
and to replace if it comes to that than dealing with the problems of a
kitchen-sink rubegoldberg apparatus.

Eventually one of the three component devices fails.  This is
inevitable. And when one goes often one or both of the other two are
rendered unusable as well even though technically they may still
function.  Then one is faced with replacing three devices at once. 
And the replacement will no doubt be different and have different OS
and driver limitations for each of the three components.  Dealing with
which all takes time.

>From a resource consumption POV multifunction devices only have use in
an environment where acquisition cost and perhaps space constraints
are greater considerations than support labour costs.

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