Not to print or not to print? That is the question.
So a long time ago, the IT department ordered some nice, new HP color laser printers for our school. Yay, right? Wrong.
I don’t want to go into every little detail, but I will tell you some of it. These printers became a nightmare. First of all, they use four color cartridges, and unlike some printers, if one of them is empty or missing, the printer won’t print at all. So if you’re out of yellow, and all you want to do is print some reports in black text… tough nuts. You better find yourself a new yellow cartridge. If that’s not bad enough, each cartridge is about 80 bucks. That’s 80 bucks PER cartridge, and the printer uses 4 of them. You do the math.
There’s more but let me jump ahead. If it wasn’t bad enough to have troublesome printers, the IT department decided to run a print server from their office for all of our printers. That means a lot of things, but most importantly it means that we are entirely dependent on the IT department for our printing. It’s no longer an option for me to go fix it myself. Actually, most importantly, it means that if the print server goes down at the IT office, which it did many times, nobody at the school could print. Additionally, the idiots put all of the printers IN THE DISTRICT on the same server, so guess what… when that server gets overloaded or goes down… nobody can print. Who put these guys in charge?
Again, there is more, but let me skip to the punchline. After several weeks of effort, stress, annoyance, waiting, and all of those great things, we FINALLY got all of our printers working recently. The teachers are able to do their jobs and all is well…
…and today we have just been issued new printers.