The other day, my printer ran out of ink. No problem, there's a Staples pretty close to my house.
But, in fact, there is a problem. I bought my CX4800 printer in the United States and it turns out that I cannot buy the ink in the UK. I can buy ink for the DX4800, which appears to be the exact same printer with a different name, but when I tried using that ink I hit a brick wall. Each ink cartridge has a little microchip on it to tell the printer when it's time to start fleecing me to buy more ink. The microchip also told my CX4800 printer that the ink I had put in was not compatible. And rather brilliantly, Epson has it rigged so that if one ink cartridge runs out (cyan, in my case) the printer will not function. So, I have plenty of black ink, but I cannot print out important documents for classes, which start tomorrow, because I don't have cyan ink, which I hardly ever use.
I sense a few of you are now guiding your cursor to the comments field to tell me that, yes, that sucks, but all I have to do is order it online and have it shipped over.
Epson appears to have rigged it so that companies are not allowed to ship it outside of the United States. I am amused by Amazon's phrasing of the issue: "There is a slight problem with your order. This item can't be shipped to your selected destination."
A slight problem.
So, I wrote to Epson to ask them what the fuck they expect me to do, now that I'm stuck with their piece-of-shit printer and no place to find ink. This is their response:
"You need to have it shipped to an address in the USA and then have that
person forward it to you."
That's really their answer. Strain the generosity of friends and family members; ask them to go to the trouble and expense of shipping ink to you every time you need it.
Fuck you, Epson. Fuck you 1,000 times.
Looks like I'll be buying a new printer -- one that isn't an Epson, obviously.
The Ryder Cup is huge over here. I've heard it mentioned numerous times on television and radio. Apparently the Americans are losing. Or we lost. I have tried to read news stories to determine exactly what is happening (or has happened) but I tend to fall asleep after four words: "Colin Montgomerie and Lee... Zzzzzzzzzzzz."
It speaks to the oddity of the British and their fascination with sports that are not, in fact, sports. Golf is not a sport. Nor are snooker or darts.
Does this only happen to me: Every time I want to view something that requires Quicktime, I have to upload a newer version. Does Apple put out new versions weekly?