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I set up a new HP Laserjet 2100 printer for the Associate Dean late yesterday afternoon. This morning he called to tell me it didn't work. He was right. The paper jams every time you try to print, and one of the little rollers that guides the paper out of the printer and into the tray on top is broken. There's nothing quite as disheartening as setting up something new only to find it's broken. John asked me if he should reconsider buying this model. In all fairness to HP, I should say that it appears that this could have been caused during shipping, but it's not entirely clear. I've had good experiences with HP printers, so I'm not ready to give up on them yet.

On a credit application I filled out a week or two ago, it asked for the phone number of where I work. I put down the number here at work, so they can call to verify I'm employed here. Yesterday, the main line rang, and I answered it:

Me: CHFA Tech Services, this is Seth.

Them: Hi, this is [Bob] from [XYZ Bank], and I'm just calling to confirm that.......uh....Seth Bokelman works there, and has so for at least six months.

Me: Yup.

Them: Thank you very much, that's all I need to know.

Does this seem a little non-secure to anyone else? :)

I hope no one from has a reason to send me e-mail. After receiving an average of one message per day about setting up an account to accept credit cards, I've told the mail server to obliterate any mail coming to me from upon receipt. I think that spamming should be grounds for justifiable homicide. I decided to block the whole site, since the e-mail addresses keep changing, the latest was sdfasdfsdf@ekvsxvbcdwf.hotbot.COM. I sent the message on to, they apparently use it to try and stop spammers.