I've previously read (what I believed was a cynical view on the subject) about how printer manufacturers force printers to "clean" their heads every so often regardless of how much they're actually used in order to satisfy their greed so we have to spend even more $$$ on their expensive ink. I first hand saw this to be true today after printing just a single sheet of black text on a brand new Epson XP-850 multi-function printer: (I checked the ink levels right before printing and they were all full!) Other than the above I've only printed 2-3 pages of text in the past few weeks, and the printer has been powered on all the time just so it won't start "cleaning" every time I turn it on. What happened when I started printing was a whole lot of activity in the printer. It took about 3 minutes before any printing was done. Is there anything I can do to prevent this, or is this so called "cleaning" programmed into the printer's firmware? I did hear about a utility called SCC service utility which seems like it could be of help, but it's neither for Macs nor did I see my printer in the list of what's supported.