I mentioned a few months ago that I love Technology. Sometimes I absolutely loathe it. Today is a prime example. I was ready to kill my printer much like in the scene from Office Space. But, it wasn’t the printer’s fault. It was my lack of understanding of what was miscommunicating inside my home computer.
Simply put: I had used an older program to create labels for my wife a couple of years back. I tried to run it on the original program. I couldn’t open said program because my Windows operating system had updated and I was on my wife’s user not knowing where she kept anything. Finally finding the “Label File” I loaded it into the old program. Seemed ok so far minus a hiccup or two opening the file. Time to click print. And…
Our printer was now showing an error on its tiny little screen telling me that it needed an alignment. What? Since when did it suddenly need an alignment? I asked my wife if this was why she needed me to print the labels. She said she printed something earlier with no issues. Great. Now it’s my inability to print.
Off goes the printer. On goes the printer.
Still needs an alignment, but a computer prompt showed up allowing me to bypass it. Ok. Time to print. Buzz, whir, click, printing has commenced.
For f***s sake!
The image isn’t anywhere near being aligned to the sticker labels. ARGH! Ok. Wait a sec… I see the problem. No it wasn’t that the printer needed an alignment. I just needed to open the image in yet another program. A few moments of the computer calculating and bringing up the right program. Ah. This looks better. Print attempt number 3.
Holy crap. The image is now too dark.
Better walk away Josef. Walk away.
Ok. Took a poop, now back to the computer. Ah, here we go. Edit background image to 75% transparency. Print attempt number 4.
People in IT: thank you for doing a wonderful job. However, when I am at home and ready to kill anyone within ten feet of me, computers can truly irk me.
The good old days of computing.
Don’t even get me started on iOS 10 for my iPhone. It’s one of those things that always seems to happen. You get used to an operating system, set it all up nicely the way you like it, and…. UPDATE.
I’m all for moving forward. I used to live for the newest versions of Windows ever since ’95.
What happened you ask? Well, I have grown up and don’t have as much downtime to relearn each and every new software upgrade. I am now picking and choosing when and what I need to learn. I am afraid that one day, I’ll be left behind in the technological department.
But hey, that’s probably when I’ll be taking regular naps and recounting the old days and talk about how wonderful they were in my blog.
Crap. That day is now upon me.