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1. The new computer is very nice - still fast and easy to use. Except - apparently, there is no longer a printer port or a dedicated connection for the keyboard. Instead, we have USB connections. Now, I have an adapter for my trackball, and the new box came with a keyboard (we *were* hoping to keep the older keyboard until Pesach but okay), and the monitor and speakers still have places to go, but the printer - there's a different story. We've been thinking about getting a new one for a while - it's outlived two computers so far - but the ink cartridges are still available and it's been working fine. Now we *have* to buy a new one. jonbaker is looking around. We're concerned about quality, price and footprint. And we are considering a three-in-one. A copier would be convenient.

2. Just typed a letter for my boss. Cheatham is such a great name for a lawyer...

3. Last week, mabfan lost his mother. The funeral was yesterday. He and gnomi were surprised at how many people showed up. We were not.

4. There was snow last night in NYC. This meant I had to scrape off the snow and ice from the car I'd rented so I could return it. I was pushed semi-effectually at the stuff with my gloved hands because rental cars do NOT have scrapers, and I happened to say this to a neighbor.

He gave me a scraper. "Here. Present for you!" in a thick accent. Human genorosity is a marvelous thing.


Cheatham is such a great name for a lawyer...

That's actually his name? Is he a partner at Dewey, Cheatham & Howe?

(no subject) - (Anonymous)

My favourite part of working as a secretary to an articling clerk* was that all the law firms mentioned in their exams and homework are things like Dewey, Cheatham & Howe, Cheatham & Steele, etc.

*In Canada, after graduating from law school, students have to spend one year as an "articling solicitor's clerk" (the terminology varies from province to province). They write exams, attend classes, and complete assignments (given by the provincial or territorial Law Society) on top of working full-time at a law firm doing all the joe work lawyers don't really want to do. (Since they get paid less than paralegals, they often get stuck doing the *really* crappy stuff, too.) Only after they complete the year's coursework are they allowed to take the bar exam, and even after passing that they're expected to work for someone else for at least three years before going into private practice for themselves.

(we *were* hoping to keep the older keyboard until Pesach but okay),

There are silicone protectors you can put over keyboards to keep crumbs from falling in. 'Course, these days they probably cost as much as a whole new keyboard.

You can buy PS2-to-USB adapters for cheap, so that should solve your keyboard problem. I don't know if there are adapters that would solve your printer problem, but it wouldn't hurt to call Best Buy or CompUSA or whomever and ask.

(I didn't realize that printer ports had gone the way of the dinosaur. I'm fond of my 10-year-old laser printer, so I'll have to watch out for this next time I have to buy a machine.)