Doodle Bug (minikin) wrote,
Doodle Bug

Geeky Day

Critter proved the old printer was at fault, by showing that it wouldn't work with his laptop either. So I scanned the net, found a cheapie printer for $50 at Best Buy, and built a list of errands-out for today:
  1. Pick up prescriptions at CVS
  2. Pick up a new printer at Best Buy
  3. Replace my film reader at Wal-Mart
  4. Pick up groceries (mostly drinks) at Kroger

An actual roving sales person at Best Buy (what happened to the days when you couldn't get any help there?) talked me into buying a $99 printer instead. It has higher capacity ink cartridges, and it's a printer/scanner/copier with media card slots. While we were there, Critter bought a switch to improve net-speed upstairs.

Wal-Mart has a 90 day return policy, so I need to contact Lexar instead about my broken film reader. The USB connector on the inside of the reader has broken away from the opening, so it can't be connected anymore. It's got a 2 year warranty, so I hope to be able to exchange it.

Now I'm amusing myself on LJ while Tiger installs software updates. Once that's done, we'll hook up the new printer. It turns out that the internal DVD ROM drive worked fine on the DVD data disk with Tiger on it, and Critter expects that the new OS install will correct driver errors that were making it not read DVDs. We'll see.

Once we hook up the printer, I'm going to bite the bullet and update to Quicken 2005. That way the only classic application left that I'll be running will be Canvas. Since I have a Canvas viewer that runs in OS X, I won't need the printer to work from Classic at all.

I'm also hoping that Tiger will correctly share the new printer online, so that the rest of the computers in the house will be able to use it. Tigger doesn't have a printer in his room, and Critter's printer is even more fried than the old one from the kitchen.

Then I get to figure out what to do with all the old hardware...

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