Is it just me or is it universally the case that printers decide to go on the blink just when you need them? I suppose the simple fact is of course that you don’t notice printer problem until you have something you need to print. So obviously selection bias – I only notice the problem when I need the printer?However as I generally prefer to read journal articles and long blocks of text off paper, I know I’m a dinosaur, well I print an awful lot, usually without any problems. As soon as I have something really important I need to print off, in this case some telephone numbers I need to call, the printer decides to play up!
I’ve used Epson’s for quite a few years now – the cartridges are reasonably priced, the actual printers pretty reliable and in the worst case the Customer aftercare excellent in my experience – and I happen to know a former Epson technician, Kevin, who can resolve even such unpleasant disasters as the KFC salt packet that somehow became lodged in my print heads – ouch!
Anyway in the time it has taken me to type this I have fixed it, but it has made me wonder why gremlins always strike when I’m under pressure and working to a tight deadline – not that you could tell as I’m moaning on my blog, a cathartic experience – but it does make me wonder. Perhaps human error is compounded under such circumstances, and as one thing goes wrong, more and more as you become more and more frustrated with the problems. A cascade of error builds, and one blames the machine, or the cat, or the coffee mug, and fails to see that it was down to you.
Maybe prayer, whether one believes in God or not, helps in such moments, or smoking a cigarette, making a cup of coffee, or my favoured startegy here – writing on my blog, temporarily diverting ones attention from the cause of the annoyance. Anything, as long as you turn your attention away, relax, calm, and then return in a more placid state to the problem. I don’t know, but it seems to work. 🙂
And so does my printer – so time to get back to work!