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Posted on Tuesday, December 16th, 2008

Dave!Uh... yeah... I have even less time tonight than I did last night. Mostly thanks to Hewlett-Packard, because their disastrous B9180 printer was once again experiencing EPIC FAIL as I was trying to get everything finished up for my trip tomorrow. I was supposed to come home at 4:00 so I could pack my suitcase. But 4:00 became 5:00 then 7:00 then 9:00 then, finally 10:00 (at which point I pretty much gave up). Nice to know that my first experience with this piece-of-shit printer wasn't a fluke, and my new replacement is just as shitty. How HP can still be allowed to sell such garbage and get away with it is beyond me.

But enough about how much I loath Hewlett-Packard and their worthless products with every fiber of my being...

Let's talk about how much I hate the freezing weather here!

It was -12° F outside when I left work. Because it was late, there was already enough frost fallen on my windshield that I had to scrape down my car. But it was that kind of heinous frost that bonds with your windshield and doesn't want to come off, so I had to sit there with the defroster running for 15 minutes just so I could clean off a peephole to see out.

And winter is only just beginning.

Hard to believe that three months ago I was here...

Makena Beach

Why did I ever leave?

The last inbound flight arrived 25 minutes late tonight, but it did arrive, which means there's a plane to fly out tomorrow morning. Whether or not it actually leaves is anybody's guess.

And since I have to get up in four hours to find out, I'll be saying goodnight now.

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  1. jenny says:

    -12° F? When did you move to Chicago? I’m just stalling because I don’t want to go outside into the half foot of snow that fell yesterday. Why don’t I live in Maui? Let’s start a commune in Maui!

  2. ssp says:

    Hm that printer sounds bad. Oddly (for a change) I never had bad experiences with HP printers. And our dept has HP printers only. But they’re all lasers. So that may be the difference.

  3. Jeff says:

    All the HP inkjet printers I have owned have failed within a few months of purchase. There was no way to repair them. That was a few years ago, but I see nothing has changed. In a fit of insanity I bought a HP color laser printer last year because it was so cheap and figured it would die soon, but I knew what to expect. To my surprise, it works perfectly and show no signs of imminent implosion. So SSP, I think you are correct about the laser type being the difference.

  4. ChillyWilly says:

    Ok… it’s much colder there than it is here. It’s still in the 20’s here, although we get to see 5 degrees in a couple of days.

  5. Hilly says:

    Dude, you ARE a busy busy man. I don’t even know where the hell you are these days! (I mean, what city not like…where are you and why aren’t you up my ass).


  6. Dave2 says:

    Jenny… The weather here is biting cold, but we don’t get the wind that you do in Chicago, so it feels a lot warmer at the same temperature. Time for hot cocoa!

    SSP… The HP B9180 got glowing reviews. But I’m on my third one now, and it’s the same problems over and over. The print head catches on the paper because there’s no mechanism to keep it flat as it feeds through. Even worse, the printhead drags across the image causing streaks. On top of that, you get gunk build-up, constant errors, a shitty print-driver, paper-detection that doesn’t work, botched prints, prints that abort half-way through for no apparent reason, lots of wasted ink, and much more! To make matters worse, the quality of HP consumables… particularly paper, have gone steadily downhill. It’s all pretty shitty now. 🙁

    Jeff… The general consensus seems to be that HP laser printers are okay, but their ink-jets are total shit. Lesson learned too late, unfortunately. 🙁

    ChillyWilly isn’t so chilly is he? 😀

    Hilly-Sue… I’m on my way to Arkansas! Yes! Arkansas! Whee!

  7. Robin says:

    Xerox 7760. Worth. every. penny.

  8. -12? Yeah, we Phoenicians don’t even know what that means. Sorry to hear about the HP arsewipery, that does kinda suck actually.

  9. A Lewis says:

    Let’s see here….exactly when does winter start? Oh yeah, not for a few more days.

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