Thursday, June 22, 2017
The Psychotic Printer
Marcus: I guess we know what we're thankful for this week!
Rusty: Yes, we finally get our computer back!
Marcus: Back? Where'd it go?
Rusty: Jan was hogging it. How quickly you forget.
Marcus: I didn't forget. I didn't know what you were referring to.
Rusty: She tried to print something Sunday and discovered our printer was uninstalled again when Windows 10 updated to Creator last week. Only this time, no matter what she did, it would not actually install! It was there but it wasn't.
Marcus: Yes, it was the ghost printer - in the queue but not installed. She would try to print a document and the lights would start blinking and it would start spewing out test page after test page - or some jibberish. She had to resort to reusing the same paper and it would keep printing multiples over the old test pages.
Rusty: And then there was the monitor.
Marcus: What about the monitor?
Rusty: It wouldn't turn on at first on Monday and then Tuesday it downright refused. She untangled all the cords and made sure everything was hooked up properly. Tried plugging it in different places. Finally climbed up on Buddy's step stool and got the old monitor and prepared to hook it up. Suddenly the one we've been using came on. It's working fine now.
Marcus: This just hasn't been Jan's week. First thing Monday after picking up poop in the dog pen, she tripped over a step and had to do some fancy "dancing" to not fall on the concrete. In the process, she twisted her already bad foot and ankle, so she's been derelict in her duty to play ball with me or to walk us properly.
Rusty: But the good news is that while she was untangling cords, she discovered our 4 port usb hub was missing the power cord. It's been missing for so long she found it packed away on the top shelf of the closet. Evidently it fell off (again!) and when it was found she had no idea where it went and everything worked - sort of. I mean, who makes a big heavy plug end with a very thin cord? Even we furries could figure out it isn't going to stay plugged in. It had fallen out again yesterday, so Mr. Doug taped the cord to the hub.
Marcus: It's been that kind of a week. But things did improve yesterday. Mr. Doug came by to take Jan somewhere important and afterward he sat at the computer, read some online Microsoft printer tech stuff, and in a while we had a printer again. It actually prints real words and stops at one copy. *sigh* It's almost boring now that the lights don't flash and Jan doesn't have to catch all the papers spewing from the printer.
Rusty: Thank you for fixing the psychotic printer, Mr. Doug!
Marcus: Do you think we should thank Jan, too? She did do some things right this week and she has been entertaining.
Rusty: Dancing With The Stars on TV is entertainment. Dancing on the steps or tangling herself in cords is part of what Jan signed on for when she adopted us. But, yes, we're thankful for her too.
On a different note, we mentioned a while ago that service cats Dezi and Raena's mom Audra has some dental needs. She has found a dentist to do the work and could really use some help to go forward. Those who know Audra and her cats through her blog or Facebook know her story. Donation information is in her post. If you can't donate, please share her fundraiser. Her blog is DezizWorld.
We are joining Brian for Thankful Thursday.