June 14th, 2007

The long wait

My oldest son is in his highschool exam year now. Today, the ones that flunked would get a call between 5PM and 6PM. As it was a close call, this must have been his longest hour. He didn’t get a call, so he passed. They’ll have a big party tonight at school. Luckily, it’s at stumble distance ;)

June 5th, 2007

The printer

I admit completely. This entry is a personal, complaining (partly self-complaining), technical entry. If you’re not into that, just stop reading.

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I have always been a loyal fan of HP laserprinters, especially for them being so standard and the drivers ALWAYS working. I actually used scrapped ancient 5N’s for a long time. Always told clients to use them even if they were twice as expensive, cause they would earn it back through less hassle. But I did kinda wanted a color laser and I got a GREAT offer for a 3600N color laser. It was used at a client of a friendly supplier and he sold it to me for EUR 450 + sales tax. It had only printed about 250 pages. I never gave it a shred of thought, no, I couldn’t even imagine it NOT being a PCL printer. But is isn’t. They put in a new page description language (as if we need more next to PCL, PostScript and all those host based printing USB eeewy protocols). It is called “HP JetReady 4.2″ and it stinks. Don’t get me wrong, with the supplied driver it prints really, REALLY nice, not being able to use general drivers and even worse, turning my HP Digital Sender useless for copying is a serious and an uncalled for unnecessary pain. I kick myself for assuming and not checking. But actually I also should kick HP, I mean come on!

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Notes to self: 1) Check more. 2) Don’t rely on reputation. 3) Vote with your feet, aka, don’t buy or advice HP anymore.

April 26th, 2007

The letter from high-school

Yesterday, my kids reported it was announced on the school PA that all classes were cancelled after their 6th hour and that all teachers were to come to their meeting room to be addressed by the president of the school (one level up from the principal of the location, which provides high school education to aprx 1300 high school students, partly bi-lingual). As you can imagine with kids in this age-group, rumors exploded withing minutes, especially on MSN. Today we received a formal letter from the school. Turns out that there is suspicion that a student was sexually intimidated (you’d probably say harrassed) by one of the teachers. At the first signal, the teacher was suspended and after some internal investigation, the school saw enough grounds to put the matter into the hands of the police.

The name of the teacher, nor of course the student, were reveiled, but I give that less than 24 hours to surface. Again, rumors are already pretty clear on that matter. It appears to me the school did handle this correctly as far as I can seen now. What is told to us indicates it is probably true, but I think we should tell our kids to keep an open mind, in other words, “innocent until proven guilty”. Only after some thinking it occured to me the incident could be entirely true, but it wouldn’t be the first time a teacher is wrongly accused by a student, breaking their carreer.

March 4th, 2007

Random personal notes

  • We were lucky this time. When the moon’s eclipse was full last night, there were only scattered clouds and it was pretty spectacular.
  • Yesterday, a 16 year old classmate of one of my sons was killed in a car accident. He was in a (probably speeding) 4 wheel drive, his neighbour on the wheel. Lost control, skidded 200 yards, ended against a tree. The driver has minor injuries. About a year ago, another of his classmates died after being hit by a car and a 3 month coma.
  • Family surprize. Again yesterday got a phone call. Turns out my parents are married 60 years next tuesday. The major of the small town they live in will join the party. Not big news, but what is weird all the kids believed they married in September. As it seems (think 1947, war hardly over, rebuilding the country), they married legally in March and in church in September.