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May 30, 2005

Day 1: The Printers in F211

Well, being in the midst of exams and obviously without anything more productive to be doing, I've decided to have a rant. More than that, I decided to have one every day. It's going to be tough, but I think I can rise up to the challenge. There's a lot that annoys me at the moment. So day one: the printers in F211.

Having several pages that needed to be printed out, I wasn't going to waste my own valueable ink when I had £25 left over on the engineering computers. So off I trapse across campus to reach the engineering block, en route trying to avoid small kids on nature trails, hobos trying to sell me the big issue and brain-dead students stumbling in a drunken haze (possibly third years). Eventually I reach the engineering computer room. I sit down, enter my user name wrong three times before I realise I'm using the one I was given at school, find what needs to be printed (all 50 pages) and press print. Only then, when I around to collect the work from the back of the room do I discover that the printers are locked in the cupboard!

"Why!?!" I scream at the top of my voice, smashing my hand through the nearest computer screen (I might not have actually done this). Which is a good question. Why do they need to lock up the printers? Is it simply to annoy us and to make us lose printer credits? I think so. I mean, it's not exactly as if we're going to be able to steal a printer of that size. surely? And why would we; it certainly wouldn't fit into my cheapy cryfield room. No, instead, they merely lock up the printers to annoy us. Well me, at least. And now I have to wait until tomorrow to try again. And all this time I could have been doing revision! (To be fair, I could have done revision instead of writing this, but it makes me so very angry…)

Anyway, that is today's rant. I'm off to find a new subject for tomorrow. If you have anything you'd like to rant about, feel free to do so here. (Microsoft Ofice? Washing machines that swallow your money? 'Crazy frogs'?).


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