Tag: HP

I’d love the plugin, but don’t have time to read the terms of service

A shining example of how not to release a plugin for an open source platform?

In this case, the culprit is HP and the target is WordPress. After reading about HP’s new weblog printing plugin over at Mashable, I thought it would be great to have easy printing capabilities on this site. So I search around the HP’s Tabblo site for a bit and finally find a link to download the WordPress plugin.

Next stop…this. I’ve got to give them my email address and site location and agree to a bunch of terms and conditions in order to download a plugin for an free, open source software package that I originally received no-questions-asked?

I don’t even know if it will work. Is it compatible with my theme? How much hacking will be required? Does it jive with the other plugins?

Tell you what – I’ll save some folks the temptation of using the overpriced ink cartridges instead.

UPDATE: I took the leap of faith since someone from HP (?) was kind enough to respond. More in the comment thread…

My printer turned against me

As if you didn’t have enough to worry about with respect to computer security, now your printer might be a risk.

Ironically, printers spit out paper – maybe some should just go back TO paper, just without the printer.