Grumpy Grumperton electronic device(s)

For the most part, the kids are self-sufficient with their remote learning aka homeschooling. They’re tween and teen and tech savvy enough to figure out most of it on their own.

But… ๐Ÿ™„

You knew there would be a but, right?

Our electronic needs are basically set up to function wirelessly. Back when we switched to Fibe tv a few months ago, all our internet needs were bundled in to the same optic wires (or whatever). You know what I mean; the tv, phone and internet all communicate through the same operator. Meaning, Bell Canada bills us for all of it, we don’t have multiple accounts with different conglomerates for different parts of it.

(Our tv needs used to be with Rogers Communications. We switched back to Bell when the internet needs of this household increased).

Anyway, the point I’m trying to make here is this:

When we switched to Fibe and got all the electronics connected, the one item that refuses to coordinate consistently is the printer/scanner/fax/copier.

This is one grumpy machine.

Now, although most homeschooling is done online via google classroom, meet, gmail and whatever else the teachers are using, sometimes a kid needs to print something.

So, first, my son tried to figure out what’s what.

Next, he asked me for input.

There were now two people trying to figure out why the printer, who printed numerous things yesterday, is refusing to print highschool sheet music for some assignment today.

Such a grumpy machine.

Turns out there were several issues.

It’s first issue was it was out of blue ink. My son said he was trying to print in black and white and didn’t care about colour, but try telling that to the grumpy printer.

It refused to accept the black and white only option.

So, we replaced the ink. That required one adult (me) and one teenager (son) to figure out. And by figure out I mean I was showing him how to replace the ink cartridge so next time he can do it himself. (It’s not really complicated.)

The printer accepted the new cartridge and even printed us a test page.

But it still refused to print homework. We could see it sitting in the queue on the laptop.

So why why why won’t it print the sheet music from google classroom?

Enter second adult who was doing something else to try a couple of things.

Unplug, replug.

Turn off, turn on.

Re-calibrate the wifi.

Fiddle with Windows 10 options. (Don’t even get me started…)

Re-enter the six-thousand numerical password from a secret sticker they gave us, blah blah blah.


The teen in the meantime started scrolling his phone.

After a while I asked:

“Don’t you have other subjects you can tackle while we figure this out for you?”


In the end, my son had to copy his music onto a USB stick and stick the stick up the printer’s ass I mean into the USB slot on the printer and success, he got the sheet music printed.* ๐Ÿ˜ƒ

All this drama occupied 3/4 of the human household for a good 30 minutes.

Isn’t this utterly wonderful?

And that isn’t even where the story began. The story began with a wayward teenager who slept past the designated time of 10 am wake-up to get his homework started. 10 am is not the end of the world to get up and do something during a global pandemic.

Yes, MeanMomโ„ข is back. Cry me a river.


I wasn’t here to raise hell or spritz the boy with lavender-scented water at 10, and ten past 10, and twenty past 10. I didn’t get home till almost 11ish.

I was shopping for produce in a relatively empty store (prior to 10 am is the perfect time to shop).

Which is why I’m doing this now:

*Note: about 15 minutes after my son finished his school work and disappeared down to his cave, the printer spit out the pages he needed an hour ago. Because of course it did. I called the boy back upstairs to clear out the queue so that it won’t keep printing whatever is still sitting in there.

There you go, another slice of life on a Monday morning during a global pandemic in Toronto. Yippie do. My life is so exciting. ๐Ÿ˜›

25 thoughts on “Grumpy Grumperton electronic device(s)

  1. We had a printer (still having it, but it’s unplugged) that would only print black if the color cartridges had ink in them. We now have a mono laser, that costs about 10% as much to run.

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  2. My own son works in IT for a school. Recently I won a home printer at a church raffle. It was exciting to have a home printer because for the last five or so years we have printed at school, work or Officeworks when the need arose.
    So we were having issues with the printer. Surprise!
    I was treated to a long winded explanation about how no two printer models have anything in common. Not programming, not drivers, not ink cartridges, nothing.
    Moral of the story, it is easier to just print at school, work or Officeworks.

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  3. Printers, the cause of my frustrations.
    It’s really the way you write it. These devices seem to have life and days in good spirits and other days of lousy humor. So they try to make very unfortunate the day of anyone who comes with a simple blank sheet. On, flashing lights, spinning wheel noises, hums and perhaps, hopefully, a sheet will come out printed.
    I will ever tell you about my old printer that was not working well and the phone complaint center led me to hear the voice of a woman from Colombia, who asked me for step-by-step explanation of the event when my printer stopped working. My help came over the phone beyond the Earth’s equator line. Of course the machine never printed a single word again.


  4. Freaking printers, man. We finally gave up fighting them at the Island of Misfit Toys and bought a laser printer. Yes, toner cartridges are more expensive, but they last longer. I still use that printer even though I no longer live on the Island. Because an RV? Not conducive to peripherals like printers. I barely have room for the stupid external speakers. And by ‘barely have room’ I mean that the sub isn’t even hooked up right now and the other 2 speakers + the laptop dominate my coffe table. We can make a tiny phone with the processing power of an early supercomputer but we can’t make portable printers and high quality small speakers? We are not #winning here.

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  5. So your printer brought three quarters of your family together and gave you all something to talk about for half an hour.

    Isn’t technology wonderful ๐Ÿ˜‰

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  6. That was funny…..although maybe not at the time! I esp. love the “Re-enter the six-thousand numerical password from a secret sticker they gave us” because that’s always the last resort isn’t it!

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    1. PS. I do sympathize with you. I switched from Bell to Cogeco last year and had to get my neighbours computer-ace teenage son over to reprogram my printer, and it took him two hours and many phone calls to his uncle who works for Cogeco, while his mother and I had tea in the kitchen and chatted. He had to carry the printer two flights down to the basement where the modem was hanging off the wall, in order to work on the stupid thing…..I’m not sure what he did to make it finally work and neither was he, but it’s been fine ever since.

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      1. That’s amazing that the teenager was able to figure it out. And yes, we often figure things out without any knowledge of how we got to that point, or able to duplicate it. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  7. I can’t remember the last time I owned a printer. I actually mentioned this to my mom recently, and she was wondering how we could survive without one. I could see if I had kids in school like you do, but otherwise, my work lives in the cloud. Thank goodness! I probably couldn’t figure out how to get it to print in black and white either. I bet I could shove the USB stick up its ass just fine, though…

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