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Cartoon mocks common printer problems

February 4, 2016

The comedy cartoon, from The Oatmeal, focuses on typical consumer issues with printers.Abandoned printer

Titled ‘Why I Believe Printers Were Sent From Hell To Make Us Miserable’, the cartoon starts by stating that “unlike other technologies, [printers] are remarkable in the fact that they’re just as crappy and unreliable now as they were in 1995. It is my belief that they were sent here to inspire rage, loathing and murder in the hearts of all mankind”. It then moves on to note that “you’re lured in by the fact that the printer is so cheap.

“It probably has sleek surfaces and every feature is described with an exclamation point”, the cartoon adds, with a joke image of a printer box stating “It prints on paper! Has a power button! Has a thing that lights up!”. The cartoon then pokes fun at MFPs, stating that this “means it’ll suck really hard at three things rather than just one”, before highlighting the issues around setup, which is “usually delayed when you drive all the way home and realise they didn’t include a printer cable”.

Mocking the software next, the cartoon states that “the driver discs they include are older than the earth itself, so you’ll have to download new ones”, jokingly showing a download window asking “Do you want to download CrapPrintBundle.exe (600 MB)? In addition to the drivers, we’ll install a massive suite of worthless multimedia applications which you’ll never use but will run permanently in the background”.

It also makes fun of the printer noise, the artist writing that “I’ve always wondered what one robot screwing another might sound like. Thanks to my printer, now I know”, before mocking the quality of photos printed, adding that they’re great “if you only need to print one photo per year”. It also goes on to mock paper jams, which it calls a “bonus features where they’ll not only print on paer, but crunch it up for you as well”, and error messages, called “cryptic” and “using words like ‘load’, ‘tray’ and arranging them randomly”.

Moving onto cartridges and colours, the cartoon states that “either printer ink is made from unicorn blood or we’re all getting screwed”, comparing the price of a pen, “ink contained in plastic”, to a cartridge, which is the same; while colour is mocked with the cartoon pointing out that “what’s really aggravating is when your printer refuses to work unless all the colours are fully stocked”.

The cartoonist also “recently discovered the joys of ink cartridges that expire and won’t work until you buy new ones”, and concludes by poking fun at the “unfortunate timing” such as when “your printer will always stop working at 3am when you’re trying to print out a report that’s due the next morning”.

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