The printer has been great. At first I was kinda worried about the small ink cartridges, but so far so good. I like the scanner, and it's got good linux support - important for me, not so much for Laura who only uses windows. Anyway, as I said, we were happy with the printer. Then I installed an Endian Firewall on our network. It's a nice, easy to use firewall based on Smoothwall. I downloaded the CD image, and pressed an old PIII 600 into service checking packets and denying access to the baddies. Anyway, I am getting to the point, I promise.
Tonight, I was perusing the firewall logs, and I noticed that the IP address I had assigned to the printer was making http connections to 22.214.171.124.
From 192.168.15.9 - 38 packets
To 126.96.36.199 - 38 packets
Service: http (tcp/80) (ulogd: SQUID) - 38 packets
Hold the phone, that's a routable IP address. Why is my printer making outside connections? So I did a whois on that IP address, and it belongs to HP.
chris% whois 188.8.131.52
OrgName: Hewlett-Packard Company
Address: 3000 Hanover Street
City: Palo Alto
So I go look into the Squid logfile on my firewall and see that the printer keeps connecting to http://service.eshare.hpphoto.com/discovery/discovery.aspx
Hmm, ain't that intrusive. Well, thankfully, I can ban my printers IP address in the new firewall and stop that nonsense.