and a lot of them involve printing a small forest’s worth of paper involving the study course I have to do in order to guide at the rock.
I decided it was probably the best thing to buy a printer, which I did. Installation went smoothly enough and printing was fine for the some 300 pages I initially needed. Then the black ink cartridge chucked a hissy fit and declared itself spent and I got to spend two hours driving around Alice Springs in an effort to locate a store that 1) was open; 2) stocked printer cartridges; and 3) actually HAD said printer cartridges in stock.
I wish I could draw a Venn diagram here. You would share my misery by looking at the tiniest possible circle overlap of those three attributes, although you might moderate your language a little more than I did as I drove futilely from place to place. NT indeed!
I tracked down the last one in town and bore it back triumphantly. Only to discover that although the printer and computer were firm friends previously, they had apparently suffered a falling-out.
Everything I’ve done since then, including the full support stuff, has failed to make matters better. I am leaving at 4.30 am tomorrow morning and the required paperwork wont be possible. I can’t even sort it out when I come back to town because I have about 10 night hours between the end of one journey and the start of the next.
I sometimes feel that the computer/electronic type people really don’t care if their product fails to work because we are not as competent as they were when they devised it. I know that I avoid buying and installing new products because, without fail, it never works immediately and requires hours of support here and there.
I think I am feeling more furious than usual because I have no opportunity to make this right. Fuck you, Hewlett Packard and thanks for adding to the stress of an already pressured day. Also, thanks for making me look less invested and prepared for the three day workshop: those certain number of units required to be completed before then are not going to happen.