"Well, there is only one piece of advice I can give you," said the wisest of wise men. "The secret of happiness is to see all the marvels of the world and never to forget the drops of oil on the spoon."



('The Alchemist' Paulo Coelho)




Wednesday, November 03, 2004

Just follow the destructions!

I popped down to Bristol today to bring Dad an early Christmas present, a printer/scanner. Set it up, correct leads present, driver disk present, went through the motions only to find that the scanner was showing an error message and refusing to play ball. After over an hour, during which time the dratted thing came perilously close to being hurled through the window, I gave in and called my personal helpline, Keith.
"Have you unlocked the scanner?" was the mild enquiry.
"What do you mean?"
"Didn't you read that yellow piece of paper at the side which said unlock the scanner?" was the reply.
"Oh........"
Machine is now fully installed and working like a trooper. However, what I want to know is why the error message which came up said 'Refer to documentation and call Service if necessary." Why couldn't it just have said, 'unlock scanner' or even 'please unlock scanner.'?????
Oh no, sorry, that would be tooooooo easy!!!! Grrrrrr!!

4 comments:

gemmak said...

Hehehe....so I'm not the only one that doesn't read instructions and of course for the error message to just tell you the problem would be far to simple! :o)

magz said...

hi jenny! thanks for the cute pictures today, i posted the 'killer' chiuaua (sp!) i've been a bit remiss about getting around blogworld since i started the sill nano thing, how is your book coming? (saw your comment on jane's that you havent posted it yet) i just last night figured out that i should be printing it out after posting, and ended up playing with the rotten printer for way too long! i have a dell A940 that came as part of my package, and STILL havent figured out how to a) set the margins correctly, or b) recieve a fax... it'll send, but i have yet to recieve one! oh well, its mostly just for goofing around with. your blog is gorgeous, and looks different everytime i visit! wish I'd been your reviewer, i would have scored you higer you know..

magz said...

duh.... its still early here and im not quite all the way awake, lol. i meant to send you this: http://www.cse.unsw.edu.au/~geoffo/humour/flattery.html so that you could enjoy what a computer is REALLY supposed to do!

magz said...

OOOOH MY GAWD! Bless your heart dear friend, i just noticed that you've linked my book! Wowie-kazowie... i'm deeply honored, its the very first time i've seen it by name, ANYWHERE! ooooh, i'm all atwitter... i feel authorish! much love and a great big gold star dear jenny!

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