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Thursday, October 05, 2006

PC Load Letter

I'm just going to go out on a limb here and assume that everyone is familiar with Office Space. After all, it's only one of the greatest movies of our time. I guess if you've never worked in an office or in food service you wouldn't really get it, but for the rest of us who've had nothing but office and food service jobs, it's a goldmine of humor. I think one of the most memorable "characters" in that movie is the piece-of-shit fax machine that constantly gives the Initech employees hell. The fax relentlessly gives random error messages, pissing off Mike Bolton to no end ("PC load letter? What the fuck is PC load letter?"). Remember the scene in which Michael, Samir, and Peter steal the fax, take it to a field, a beat it senseless?

I would LOVE to do that to the photocopiers at work.

I seriously HATE those machines. We got new ones this summer, and they're supposed to be new and improved. They are faster, I'll give them that. But that's about all that I'll give them. They CONSTANTLY jam or misfeed paper or whatever, and the paper is always in a different location. We're using a new TCard system, and if you're trying to adjust the settings on the machine, or perhaps putting down one journal and picking up another one, the TCard reader times out and all of the settings are lost. It seriously gives you, like, 20 seconds. Add to that people not understanding how to duplex (how fucking hard can it be, really?) or feed the paper automatically, or how to reduce or enlarge, and it seems like the goddamn photocopiers take up 50% of my on-desk work time.

I can't really fault people for not wanting to open up the copiers and retrieve the jammed paper, but sometimes I wish they weren't afraid of breaking the stupid machines. I am SO sick of jumping up every two seconds to fix a paper jam. Of course, the real problem isn't the patrons, or the amount of use that the machines receive; it's the photocopiers themselves. Why, for the love of all that is holy, can't someone make a photocopier that can handle large volumes of copying, and that isn't super slow?

And, really? Duplexing? Is, like, the easiest thing in the world. Just read the screen/look at the pictures/glance through our quick and dirty guide to photocopying that is POSTED ON THE WALL ABOVE THE COPIERS.

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