I can't comment on the cost of consumables, but the office where I work has had a couple of Brother MFC lasers. The Brother site has linux drivers and I've been able to do everything the Windows users can do. These 2 printers get used a lot and have held up well.
I went back to college and switched careers from real estate to technology at age 40. Go for it!
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Tomorrow is a SysAdmin appreciation day. The holiday exists to show appreciation for the work of sysadmins and other IT professionals. It is celebrated on the last Friday in July i.e. Friday, July 27, 2012, is the 13th annual System Administrator Appreciation Day.
This celebration's aim is to acknowledge the effort that sysadmins perform every day of the year 24x7. I hope that all sys admins have a nice day on Friday and get a little less hassle than normal. AdminFest is hosting a party to celebrate the SysAdmin appreciation day. Check out promotional videos here."
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I don't have any definitive answer to the original question, but if you're unemployed, check to see if your state has any kind of vocational rehabilitation program. My state does, and they will buy me a new pair every 5 years to keep me employed.
After I got the pics off, I formatted it. Windows still wouldn't read it.
The SD card from my camera: took it to a large chain store to print some pictures and the printer wouldn't read the card. Tried to read it on the wife's Windoze box with the same result. I did manage to get the pics off on to my Linux box. Replaced the card and have had no problems.