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I spent most of the day playing with our new color printer/copier/scanner/fax... magic machine that we got at work. I say "playing" but it wasn't entirely voluntary - I knew the new printer was coming sometime this week, and we had told them the sooner the better, since our old color HP has been dying a slow, ugly death for a good while now, and I really think it's not much longer for this world. (It took it all afternoon to print 10 copies of a not-very-big set of graphs, the other day.) All this happened in the middle of trying to work on a presentation, too - suddenly the Xerox guy calls, a little before 10, and says he and the tech will be there in an hour. We've been trying to get this printer since sometime last summer, but it took forever to get it approved and everything, so I think nobody really believed it was coming. So then I was running around in a panic, since we only had sort of a vague idea where we were putting it, and certainly we hadn't actually prepared for it to show up. (Where we were putting it was dictated by where the fax line was, actually, unless we want to spend money getting a new phone line run to the place where the old printer was.) There was a large cabinet in the appointed spot, and I had to get everything out of the cabinet - mostly reams and reams of paper - so that the cabinet would be light enough to move. I promise you, it hasn't moved an inch in the last, oh, seven or eight years. But once empty, it moved fairly easily. I eventually shoved it out of the way myself. The new printer is as tall as the old one but not as bulky. It would be much less bulky if it didn't have that whole copier/scanner apparatus on top of it - but it will certainly be handy to have. It prints fairly noisily - and it is too near my boss' office, I don't think she's going to like that part of it - but much, much faster than the old one ever did. And it duplexes. The thing is practically magic, I tell you.

I hope nobody's expecting a weight-loss update, because I didn't get to Weight Watchers at all. I was still talking to the Xerox guy, who is really a salesman doing second duty as a trainer. On the other hand, I've been a secretary for what, 13 years now? I know printers and copiers and fax machines fairly intimately. I certainly already know the basics coming in - what I mostly need to know is how this differs from the other ones we've had. We even had a Tektronix long ago, the great-great-grandparent (or something) of this machine - it uses solid ink. Which is good, I always thought that rainbow-colored dust the HP stirred up when you changed toner cartridges was probably going to give me lung rot or some such thing.

End result - at least for now - I can print to the thing but nobody else can. Our IT guy promises to push down an update that will let everybody in the department use it, as soon as they get the IP address business straightened out. It prints very prettily - we did manage to update the presentation, somewhere in the chaos, and it's gone off to the big boss for inspection. I'm serious about the chaos - you should see my office! We can't get rid of the old printer until everybody can print to the new one. Until it's gone, we can't move that cabinet entirely out of the way, or replace its former contents, which are sitting in piles on the floor by my desk. And my desk was plenty messy to begin with. Ugh.Holidailies penguin

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