Bitch on the Blog

June 13, 2014

In scant supply

Filed under: Errors — bitchontheblog @ 18:01

I don’t wish to live back in the dark ages. I want to live in the easy ages.

I am rarely at point of bursting into tears. A week later – this minute I’ll give you Noah and his ark. Yes, that much water.

A couple of years ago I had my computer repaired. With the unfortunate consequence that ever since neither cd rom or dvd drives work.  Or my scanner. They are jammed. No matter. The guy having done the repair waved the fee in hope I’d waive redress. I did. Yes. That disinterested I am in life’s foibles.

Then my printer gave up the will to live.

One can live without a printer for a while. Say, the last four weeks. Eventually it gets wearing. There are times I can’t think if I haven’t got something physically, in print, in front of me. So, instead of buying something much more needed (like food), I blow my budget on a printer. Naturally, AND THIS IS WHERE MY LIFE (see above) FALLS apart, you need a DVD drive to install the software.

Sweethearts, I am at a dead end. And I have tried. Not that I am patient with any ware. But I have tried. Even the manual consoles me that if I don’t have drive (Pardon?) I can visit Canon’s local website to download the software in one million not so easy steps. Really? Like where? That I am not a man, not a nerd, not a geek, not anything but a helpless woman I have known for a long time. Why rub it in NOW? This minute I hate (part of) my life. Never ever believe anyone who tells you that money isn’t the road to happiness. It sure is NOT the way to unhappiness. I’d happily throw a lot at my misery going away.

Come to think of  it: I missed my mission in life. Oh to be a plumber or a computer expert. You dine on the incompetence of people like me.

Tissues and starched hankies welcome to mop up my damage.



  1. That’s a bummer. It is so much easier to be unhappy with a nice financial cushion.
    I’m sorry and hope that you may find an acceptable solution to your digital woes.
    Has the Angel perhaps got a friend who could help? Young people are so much better at these things than middle aged ladies.

    (I can’t believe I just wrote that last sentence – you may hold it against me for evermore)

    Comment by friko — June 13, 2014 @ 21:11 | Reply

    • Thanks for much needed sympathy, Friko. Time moves in slow motion at the moment. I once kept snails as pets. I was four or something. Yes, I know, desperate times call for invention.

      Please do see my reply to WWW. And I don’t only love her, I love you too. Considering that I am not given to gushing: Tonight is the night. My only excuse being that I have just woken up. No nightmares to report.


      Comment by bitchontheblog — June 18, 2014 @ 03:11 | Reply

  2. Ursula, modern things are built with obsolescence built into them. I am constantly reminded by POW that I should not expect things to last as much as they did in “the good old days”. The mantra is discard and buy new.

    Comment by rummuser — June 14, 2014 @ 01:10 | Reply

  3. I had enormous probs with printers and then downloaded a driver fix:

    which fixed everything. Make sure your printer is attached. Worth a try?


    Comment by wisewebwoman — June 14, 2014 @ 16:21 | Reply

    • I love you, WWW. “Make sure your printer is attached”. How brilliant is that? Indeed. Having done all the down loading I took several days off. No printing. No scanning. No testing the viability of my efforts. One of the lesser quirks of my personality that I can’t face implementation. Because the moment you do [implement] you learn your limitations. Better to leave it for later. Sometimes the way to despair and nirvana is the way of least resistance. No doubt the reason I like soup so much: Swallow, no need to chew.

      A couple of nights ago the Angel – no doubt mellowed under the influence of a beer or two – came home, passed by my computer, took one look and then pity on me.

      I hang my head in shame, WWW. And dearly hope the Angel hasn’t lost respect for me:

      It took him all but two seconds to identify that I had NOT “attached” the printer. And another five to bring the whole process to a workable conclusion. And to think, WWW, that only two years or so ago I spent three hours to unblock the toilet. On New Year’s Eve.

      Thank you for the link – I will cherish it for future reference. Whenever someone takes time and effort to make my life easier I am so pathetically grateful (in a good way) I could burst into tears.

      Other than that – chewing on your own recent posts. Difficult subject. Very.


      Comment by bitchontheblog — June 18, 2014 @ 03:06 | Reply

  4. Sorry I’m a bit late here, but you don’t necessarily need a DVD to enable the printer. You can probably download the software you want from the manufacturer’s website. That’s what I did with my HP printer recently.

    Comment by nick — June 17, 2014 @ 08:59 | Reply

  5. i call my son in even to change the ink cartridge and i know i am lazy but whatever……

    money may not buy happiness but it certainly gets an easier variety of misery

    Comment by kylie — June 25, 2014 @ 12:32 | Reply

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