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Originally the "Tech Support Pits" were reports of the funniest tech support incidents, but over the years the column gradually shifted to answering tech support questions put forward by the readers of the Dear Webby Humor Letter.

This collection of computer and web advice was started partly because readers demanded an archive, and partly because some questions were asked again and again. Each page has a different day's Tech Support Pits column.

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Tech Support Pits column from Dear Webby's Humor Letter of
08/22/04: Composting printed paper

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From Bill=== Dear Webby, I would like to shred old reports etc. produced on my HP inkjet printer and add it to the compost pile however I've not been able to find satisfactory information on the net about the advisibility of doing so. One site says to go ahead since most inks today are soy-based but the HP hazardous materials reports on the content of their inks seems to indicate otherwise. Do you have any information on this subject? Bill Parr (Webby fan and voter) Dear Bill Yes, the manufacturers all seem to chicken out and are scared to take a stand one way or another on this topic. While it is probably true that, if you drink four gallons of ink, you might feel sick and your urine might look funny, that refers to liquid ink. Once the liquid parts of the ink have evaporated, all that is left is a bit of pigment, just like all the coloring that is in storebought food. Look at it realistically: For how many generations has orange pigment been added to cheddar cheese ? Is that the reason that women today look a lot prettier than they did 250 years ago ? Actually that could be due to the glasses that subscriber Wayne at made me. I am still totally amazed that he was able to make progressive lens glasses for me that not only work much better than the ones from the local optometrist, but only cost a half as much. Back to inky paper: As long as you mix other stuff in with the paper, and also mix the compost with dirt when you use it, I don't think you have to worry that your flowers will get weird colors or that your potatoes will taste funny. Have FUN Dear Webby
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