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I knew you’d all just be dying for an update on yesterday’s Close Encounter of the Technical Kind, so here it is.

He bailed on me.

‘Tis true – he informed me that the PIA SmartCard Software was terribly out of date and no longer supported, then proceeded to tell me he didn’t know WHY I couldn’t print a test page or install the most recent version of the firmware, suggested I call the manufacturer of the printer (which is no longer under warranty so they’ll charge me through the nose to tell me to go to to download the driver), and hung up.

So, I uninstalled the driver and the printer, reinstalled them, got the computer to not only recognize the printer, but allow me to install the latest version of the firmware AND print a test page, then Googled for the kind of software I needed and found – then purchased – a version that not only didn’t need the stupid SmartCard license, but could be downloaded and used immediately upon purchase.

And it only took me ALL. DAY.

But at least I’ll be ready for all the retailers who insist they need eleventy-thousand gift cards when the holiday shopping season begins the Friday after Thanksgiving…but won’t remember to order them until the Monday before Thanksgiving.

So, anyone care to join me in a cool, calming place where we can think happy thoughts about blue-eyed polar bears?

How about the creek in the park by our house?



Tammy says:

Yeah, the creek is good. Good air in; bad air out.

stoneskin says:

I hate printers. More than anything. If I ever end up working from home and have to get one I’ll go full-on laser I think.

Michele says:

Can I just sit cross legged because my knees just don’t do lotus anymore?
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Rebecca says:

Beautiful pic! Wish I could disappear to a place like that but alas, that mountain of laundry will soon stand up and hunt me down.
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Thinking happy thoughts….
If my happy thought includes strangling an IT Helpless Desk member, does that count?
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That’s a pretty creak. It’s funny that you have a pic of a creek today and I have a pic of a stream!
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Pseudo says:

If it took you a day, it would take me…never and forever.

Love, love, love your creek.
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LindaP says:

Filing away for future use. SO could’ve used this Happy Place a couple days ago:)
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Michele says:

My printer’s scanner is not working. Contacted the manufacturer and was actually told I have a “cheap” printer and should upgrade. Excuse me? How about making the “cheap” one I have work? Arrgh!

Visiting from SITS. Great blog!

Duchess says:

Nice creek.

My old scanner won’t work with the computer I bought last year, because the computer runs Vista (which I think is about to be abandoned) and Vista basically doesn’t talk to anything.

Never mind. Just keep repeating We love Microsoft.
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It only took you ALL DAY? Where do I sign up for one of those?

Grrr!!! <– That's me feeling your pain.
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Be says:

The only thing we hate more than Microsoft is VISTA!

Remind me of the good old days of Microbloat when they were marketing Windows CE, Windows ME, and still had NT – CEMENT!

It’s amazing that such a big company can have a HORRID release every other time! We would be out of business by now!

jennster says:

so sucks!!! let’s go play in the water! unless it’s ick. is it icky?
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Ahhhh, a happy ending and a happy place to go and take deep breaths.
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Stopping by from SITS to say HI
Congrats on fixing your computer!
I will go with you, but instead of a blue eyed polar bear, maybe a blue eyed hunk? LOL
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OMG; you are my hero. I could never do that, no matter how many days I had.
The creek is definitely calming.
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LPC says:

Mmm. Here in Northern California we are in the, “Water, what’s water?” phase of our seasons. No creeks. Do sprinklers count?
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Oh, man I HATE technical problems. There’s no easy way around them, no simple solution, no freakin’ patience. Well, I don’t have patience. It does take all damn day to figure out one itty bitty speedbump.
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