Monday, November 29, 2004


Must… kill… that… printer…

Now I know why Rob conned me into getting him a new printer. This one is the most MADDENING thing on earth.

It’s a Lexmark All-in-One. It prints, scans and copies.


Up until now I’ve been e-mailing my documents and printing them upstairs but I finally decided to try (not for the first time) to get this one going on my new computer.
Else I’d have to resort to my six year old Epson which was a great printer but is starting to get a little edgy.

On the surface the Lexmark looks promising. No big bulky printer cable. No weird installation on an LPT port. Nice CD software included.

The first time I tried to install it, in the middle of the installation it informed me that my “right” ink cartridge was missing.
In order to look for the cartridge you have to lift the top part of the printer, which is actually the scanner, and dig around in the bowels.
Rob wasn’t home and I was expecting a hassle-free installation, so I just aborted for the time being.
So today I steeled myself for problems and tried again.

I got the same message but decided to really look for the cartridges.
I could see their containers (one black, one colour) lurking on the far right side of the printer innards.
My old printer had a nice button which, when pushed, caused the cartridges to noisily slide over to the middle.
No such button here.
I’d have to try it manually, despite my fear of having something happen to my fingers. I don’t like shoving them into dark spaces where sharp things might be waiting to pounce on me.
Since I’m typing this, you can guess that I survived that ordeal. I removed the “absent” right cartridge, looked at it, and replaced it firmly. The program seemed to accept that.

Yes, progress!

Then it printed a test page!
It was adequate, except that none of the colour tests came out. But that was okay, Rob had told me the colour no longer worked. He wasn’t sure if the cartridge was empty or not but since he didn’t have much use for colour printing, didn’t really care.
(His new printer is a black and white laser, and works like a dream.)
I can do without colour – my Epson had given that up awhile ago, too.

Unfortunately there seems to be no easy way to check ink levels here (unlike the sainted Epson) and when I finally did find the utility, it indicated that both were full.
Okay, whatever.
Maybe one day I’ll find the nozzle cleaning utility, if there is one.

So on to printing, for my bowling league.
There are many printing options.
I can print a photograph! A banner! A transparency! A booklet! An envelope!
But nothing for printing a PLAIN PIECE OF PAPER.

I try file, print, enter – ERROR MESSAGE.
The printer is not communicating with the computer.
They suggest I reconnect/reboot.
Done, same thing.
Nothing in the “Troubleshooting” section has this problem.
Finally realize that all the abortive installations have created several copies of the printer and the wrong one was “default”.
Fixed it.
Deleted all the others.
Felt good about it.

What’s worse: for part of the time, the TV was on behind me and the Rolling Stones were singing the Lexmark commercial. I have it running in my head now… “VEry compliCA-ted”… No kidding.

And the print quality isn’t great, either.
Good enough for bowling league but not for school or anything official.

I must thank Rob for having me buy him the laser.

Thursday, November 25, 2004

Oh Canada!

The country that has to import....


Sunday, November 14, 2004


Commission says weapons of mass destruction threaten global peace

This must be why the deep thinkers get the big bucks.

Thursday, November 11, 2004

Please Do Not...

... on pain of being hissed at....

send me e-mail forwards warning of sudden death from inhaling rat droppings.


I would sooner read a plea for help with your Nigerian inheritance.

And if you commit the UNPARDONABLE sin of including .cc email addresses unto the tenth generation, I WILL reply to them all with the relevant de-mythtifying page.

I've done it before, most recently about a minute ago.


See No Evil...

It being Veteran's Day in the US, the ABC network planned to screen the movie Saving Private Ryan.
Okay so far...
However several ABC affiliates have refused to screen it... because of VIOLENCE AND BAD LANGUAGE and the fear that the FCC will get them on those grounds.


It's okay with the government to send kids to war but not to portray it.

Is there anybody out there????? The hypocrisy is stunning.

Saturday, November 06, 2004

"The Flag Flap"

I don't know who named it such but it's better than flag-gate.

Here's the background;

I like to think that this kind of thing is going out of style.
It's old, you know, very old.

Why is the Bloc Quebecois even still here? Because they get elected and get to go to Ottawa and sit around and pound on the furniture and collect their salaries.

If they don't like it, let them not stand for election.

Canada is probably the only country that elects members of a party dedicated to its destruction to the very government in supposed jeopardy. It's retarded.

So if you got the protest vote (and I can relate to that) at least behave yourselves and do your freakin' job!

Friday, November 05, 2004

Sask. court approves same-sex marriage reported by the CBC.

"Sask." is Saskatchewan, a province directly across the US border from Montana and North Dakota - both of which voted to ban same-sex marriage just this week.

It is the seventh Canadian province or territory to make this decision, joining Ontario, British Columbia, Quebec, Manitoba, the Yukon and Nova Scotia, according to the CBC article.

It doesn't seem to be that big of a deal up here, either. Sometimes you hear a few mutters and grumbles from members of the Conservative Party but on the whole there isn't much resistance to the concept, not that I've noticed anyway.

Personally I just can't see any reason why same-sex marriage shouldn't be allowed, and many reasons why it should, for instance, to ban it is discriminatory; and if anything it would contribute to the stability of society by fostering committment between partners.

But what do I know...

Wednesday, November 03, 2004

The Day After


Okay, that's how it has to be.

Given what I'm hearing on CNN, Kerry will have to concede. Ohio doesn't add up and most important, Bush won the popular vote.

In 2000 Gore won the popular vote and the Democrats squawked; whether or not the system is fair is another debate but now that Bush has won the numbers, the Democrats need to suck it up and move on.

I don't like it - but I don't have to like it, nor do the minority of Americans who voted for Kerry.

Bring on Hillary...

Monday, November 01, 2004

Is this for real?

It might be a Halloween joke, but... claims that Bush and Kerry are distant cousins, directly descended from...

Vlad the Impaler

better known as Count Dracula.