: I suppose that everyone likes to feel smart, I had a couple of opportunities this week to look really smart. The problem was that I really didn't do anything spectacular.
The first came when we were trying to get our database software at the office to print benefits statements for the City of Bowling Green, something that apparently we do every year. Courtlann and Susan were fusing with the thing, trying to get it to print on one of our little portable printers. These things, the Canon i80, print about 25 pages and then need a new ink cartridge, at about $10 a pop. We have to do 425 benefits statements, do the math. I looked at that and realized that we were going to need about $170 in ink to print these. So, I brought out an older but much faster Lexmark that I use in my office. But, then we couldn’t get it to print at all (the print on the i80 was half size, tiny print, and it wouldn’t do either). Courtlann had a meeting, Susan had lunch, I said that I would work on it while they were gone. Went to Lexmark, downloaded the print driver for XP and it printed perfectly. The database that they were using was “pr_simplified” and Courtlann couldn’t figure out how to get Paul Revere off the statements. I changed the database setup from pr_simplified (thinking that PR meant Paul Revere, a company that we own) to just “simplified”. Amazing, that was it! Well the ladies came back and thought that I was all that because I had produced a perfect statement. Then Susan commented that she was going to spend the rest of the day printing statements. I changed the print settings to “fast” and they were printing as fast as we could stack the paper (and used less ink). So cool to be able to figure stuff out.
This morning Mary woke me up (Saturday) early to tell me that her laptop wouldn’t boot up. I was a tad nervous as I had the virus problem with it earlier in the week and thought that the last thing that she had done on the laptop was run her virus program. But, I had another idea. If the laptop wasn’t booting then it was likely just a power issue. Sure enough, I walked out and plugged in the adapter, it had wiggled loose. Another crisis resolved!