A few months ago I upgrade my Puter operating system to Windows 7, one would think this was a good thing until I noticed that my printer a HP DeskJet 810C (Or because of its advanced age I thought it was called a DeskProp) failed to load up on my new windows 7. Hum, I wonder why that is? Oh, it’s because it’s so old they didn’t bother to upgrade a new driver for that model, as I was the last person on Earth to still be using one. I got my money’s worth out of it, and it still works, albeit not on my Puter.
It appears that I was only 1,660 models out of date, since my new printer is the HP F2470, which also scans and copies. I was just looking to buy a printer; the other features were sold to my wife by the super Tagalog speaking saleslady. My wife has never in her life wanted to use a computer.
The first store (the one with the super saleslady) after convincing Mayang that we could not live without it, then announced it was out of stock. My hand went immediately to my head for a power scratch. With my hand digging into my scalp and gray hairs flying in every direction, the young lady, tells my wife about the Cannon and Epson printers with the same features. You can’t make this stuff up; the other two printers were also out of stock. I dash to the exit, yelling over my shoulder that I was going to have a smoke; the truth was I was busting my gut laughing and had no desire to insult the young lady, so I ran to the side of the building and used the wall to hold myself up. It felt good to laugh that hard.
I went back inside after composing myself, and the young lady asked which one I wanted and was out the door again, ten minutes later after I returned with my best straight face, I thanked her for all the good information she gave me, I asked when they’ll be back in stock, and was told “Next week, sir.” I’ll go home and think it over and let her know next week.
Off to the other large computer store on Subic Freeport. A new saleslady, and now that I knew the type of printer that my wife wanted, but would never use. I smiled and explained my order she directed me to the HP DeskJet F2470 and pointed out that it was compatible with my operating system. I asked the price and was satisfied with her answer, and told her to wrap it up.
I took out my Visa debit card, and the “MANAGER” told me the store only accepted Credit cards on large orders (I knew this, but had to try). The Philippine Y2K bug rears its ugly head one more time. “Sir; you’re going to allow a customer to walk out your door, and go to another store and spend his $100.00 there?” I asked. “Sir it’s the policy” he replied.
So the lesson I learned was, policy, trumps the bottom-line, so I smiled and paid cash. Sometimes they just wear me down, until I cave in. But the laughs at the first store left me in a really great mood.
Now I’m at home with my new toy, Break it out of the box hook up many wires, slide in the CD that was in the box, and all hell broke loose, lights started flashing, whirling noises started grinding out of the new machine, and screens started popping up on my monitor, I jumped up and ran to the other room in fear for my life. When I returned all was quiet and the screen was asking me questions. Trying to be as truthful as I thought I should be. I answered each in turn. Loading started when I hit the button that said finish, but it was anything but finished, now it’s ordering me around, with things like “Load Paper” test alignment, and at last restart your Puter.
Now it’s teaching me things, good things I might add, like how to scan. I grabbed an old photo album and started uploading pictures that I’d not seen in 15 years. I can’t stop, it is now an addiction, I’m hooked, and I’m Jonesing over it. I’ve scanned hundreds of pictures and there’s still more to go.
So the question is; “Why didn’t I buy that digital camera years ago”, why did I wait until 2010 to buy one? (Did the cell phone camera count?) I’ve included two pictures circa early nineties just to prove that, I’ve not always, been an old guy, even if I am now.