April 1, 2014

Don't Mess With My Printers

One of my roles is the SPOC for IT work in our office.
I finally got a technician to yank one of our color printers and fix it. The busted part was only $6.
It was broken by some idiot slamming shut the front cover.

I sent out this email to advise the staff that the printer was on line again.

The HP 3505 color printer by the library has been repaired.
This is the second time a ham handed person has broken a color printer at this location.
We are not amused.
These machines and the toner to support them are not cheap.

Do not open up this printer. It is not a goat and you can't read its entrails.
Do not play with it if it is not working.

It is a machine; physical punishment such as slamming, pounding and water boarding have no effect on this soulless contraption.

It does not fear you.

If you send a job to this printer, check to make sure the job has printed.
Printers and little puppies both need paper. Check the paper drawers to see that they contain the right supplies.

If it doesn't print, let someone in IT or myself know. An email would be nice.
Don't leave it jammed up for days and then complain that nothing works.

Do not use it to print your vacation itinerary or recipes for hamster cordon bleu.

Stand by the 3505 printer and look up at the top of the library door towards the ceiling.
There, on the left.
That is a camera.
We will find you.

Yes, there really is a camera just for this printer.
I had the investigators install one there.
I am a little pissed.
God pity the fool if I catch him. I am not a gentle man.

March 30, 2014


Forget about the taxpayers.
Forget about those seeking justice.
It's all about saving their jobs.
For the first time in Illinois, attorneys on the case say, a judicial disciplinary panel has begun tackling the question of whether a judge whose psychotic episodes can apparently be controlled through medication should be allowed to return to the bench.

Judge Cynthia Brim, 55, testified before the Illinois Courts Commission for more than two hours on Friday in a bid to save her $182,000-a-year job. The seven-member panel – made up of judges from outside of Cook County as well as two citizens – will later issue a written decision.

Brim was found not guilty of misdemeanor battery by reason of insanity last year for shoving a sheriff’s deputy outside the Daley Center during a manic episode in March 2012. A day earlier, while on the bench, she broke into an extended rant while presiding over a traffic court call at the Markham courthouse.
Story here.