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Sep 15 2009

A Cautionary Tale

Published by under Computing,Rants,Stupidity

We needed a new color ink cartridge for our printer.  We were out and about, driving around, when we remembered this.  I was PRETTY sure I knew the model number, so we decided to go to the store and see if any cartridges matched the number I had in my mind.  Sure enough, one did, so we bought it and brought it home.  Before I opened the box, I double-checked the model number against the model number on my printer.  They matched.  I opened the cartridge and put it in the printer.  It fit.  End of story.

Or so I thought.

Today, Chris needed to print out a D&D character sheet, because it’s fall and that means all the boys want to play D&D again.  So, he fired up the printer and tried to print his document.

“Uh, I’m getting some kind of cartridge incompatibility error”.

Nice.  REAL nice.  The new cartridge is causing our printer to flutter its hands and be all “I don’t LIKE this cartridge.  It’s throwing off my chi and making my feng shui hurt.  Owie.”   After Chris was done printing (in black and white, how draconian), I popped out the cartridge and sat down with the internet to see what I could discover.

Turns out, HP assigned the same model number to two different printers!  Isn’t that wacky?  What’s even more wacky is that both printers are all-in-one jobs – printer/scanner/copiers.  So, you either have a 2210 DeskJet or a 2210 PSC…and both of them do pretty much the same thing.  So when I was standing at Meijer, in front of the print cartridges, and I found one that said “Printer/Scanner/Copier 2210″, I grabbed it.  And when I got home, I looked at the numbers, which matched, and the description of what my machine does and THAT matched too, and to put the cherry on the sundae, the stupid cartridge FIT into the machine that it was not made for!  How the frak was I supposed to know it was the wrong cartridge?

So, here we are, out thirty-some bucks, because I pitched the box and the receipt lo, last week sometime.  Because, why would I keep it?  THE CARTRIDGE MATCHED.  In all ways that a normal person would think to check, the cartridge matched.

Moral of the story?  HP sucks.  Buy Epson.

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Apr 17 2009

Gone silent.

Published by under Computing

I’m not writing, not because I have nothing to say, but because we’re going to be switching web hosts soon, and I already ported my WordPress database over to the new server.  And I don’t want to do THAT over and over again.  So, in a few days or a week, you might not be able to get to the site for a little bit, and then everything will be as it was before…for you.  I’m hoping that things will change for me in that my site is actually UP 99.9% of the time, as guaranteed, instead of down for 5 – 10 minutes at random intervals throughout the day, with no one at tech support telling my why until the very end, when they tell me it’s all my fault.  I don’t mind it being all my fault, I’m willing to take the blame, but I would rather have known that at first (or even second, or EVEN THIRD) so I could fix the problem, then say…a year later when I’m fed up.  Now I will take everything I learned from this place (did you know that you should periodically check and repair your database tables or else you may bring down your server?  I did not) and apply it elsewhere.

Maybe you don’t think it’s fair that I’m punishing my web host for my own ignorance (they certainly don’t), but my philosophy is that it’s my money, and if you don’t tell me that I need to repair my database tables, and I end up bringing down an entire shared server multiple times a week, then you are going to lose my business.  Because I know just enough to be dangerous, apparently, but one thing I know very well is storming off in a huff and transferring blame.  Just ask my husband.

I still am not entirely sure this is all my fault, though.  I don’t know jack crap about databases, but I do know that I installed WordPress and phpbb and that’s it – and according to my web host, because I didn’t check and repair my two databases, I was bringing down the whole server.  My question was:  Why don’t your admins have controls on the server to stop runaway database queries/scripts from bringing down a whole server?  I know that’s possible – my old employer had such controls on their servers; it was impossible for someone to bring down a whole server because their scripts/databases were poorly written or taking too many resources to execute.  I even sent this question in to tech support and the suggestion area AND their corporate people.  And their response was eerie silence.  I guess I blinded them with science, or something.

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Feb 16 2009

New boots!

Published by under Computing,Friends,The Man

So, I went to see Mackers yesterday.  And I took over eleventy billion pieces of clothing from my latest closet thinning.  Lucky for me, between her and her daughter, I only went home with four things.  AND a brand new pair of boots that Audi didn’t want but that I really like.  So, everyone wins!

Sorry if you tried to get to the site while it was begging people to install WordPress.  “PLEASE install WordPress!  I feel so alone!  Why won’t anyone listen to me?!”  Actually, the database that runs my WordPress install had become corrupted, so my site had know way of knowing that it already had WordPress installed.  In essence, my site was brain damaged.  I fixed the database.  It should be okay now.  No more begging.

Today, I have to do some laundry.  And I should probably clean something.  The Man did some dishes yesterday while I was gone, so all I have to do is put them away.  I love The Man.

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Jan 17 2009

New name, same place

Published by under Computing

You might notice – if you’ve been here before – that if you clicked on your bookmark or typed in the same ol’ address you’ve always used, that there has been a slight change in your address bar. I changed the domain name of this blog to “”. Hopefully, this change is seamless and would have been unnoticeable except that I just pointed it out. The old address will still work (no way could I retire my first EVER domain name. I’ve had it for ten years!), I just felt this was a more suitable name for this blog.

Everything SHOULD be working now, I got the images loading up properly on my computer at least, but if you notice anything funky, let me know.

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Jan 12 2009

Closed comments.

Published by under Computing

I just made a change in my settings. Every post older than a year will now automatically have its comments closed. This is because I get people commenting on things I wrote 4 or 5 years ago, and while I’m glad they’re reading, I think the time for those discussions has come and gone.

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