Itâ€™s one of the rules of modern life that the printer will run out of ink only when the thing you are printing is urgent and you donâ€™t have time to get more ink. This just happened to me.
As I was printing forms I needed to take to my daughterâ€™s doctorâ€™s appointment, my office printer coughed out its last faded page and insisted it had no more ink for the last â€“ and most relevant page. I like to order replacement ink from Amazon because it takes two seconds, I get a good price, and the ink just shows up. But we were on the way to this appointment. No time for that.
I remembered that HP had been pressing me to try its ePrint app. (Just search your app store for HP ePrint.) No time like the present, I thought. I grabbed my Galaxy Note 2, hit the Android Play marketplace and downloaded the app. It did a quick search and found several options nearby: A FedEx store four miles away, the UPS store down the street, and a local print shop. It also informed me that the wireless printer downstairs in the homework room â€“ the one Iâ€™d given my kids and that they had been insisting was broken for months — was also good to go.
I sent the forms to that printer right from my phone, then I ran down the stairs and unplugged the printer and plugged it back in. (In my experience, a wireless printer needs to be restarted a lot.) Seconds later, I had my forms and we were on our way. My son gaped at me: Iâ€™d just gotten my phone to print from a printer he couldn’t get to work from his computer. I shrugged and gave him a hug. Itâ€™s always good to keep the myth of Super Geek Mom alive. So I said nothing and just took my daughter to her appointment. We were on time. And I’d fixed the kid’s printer in time for school. Check. And check.