Dissing the Mildly Competent

I’m mildly competent at a number of things. [“Mildly competent: can do pretty much all basic stuff, a fair number of midlevel tasks, but not an expert.”] For example, I’m mildly competent at putting a web page together. I’m no pro, for sure, and my sense of design is about what you’d expect from a…

Today’s First-World Problem

Printers. Specifically, why do printers and Windows fight? You get a printer working, you take the computer somewhere, you come back, you’re on the network, and… the printer appears offline. It only happens sometimes, of course. It happens with Brother printers. With Canon and HP printers. With pretty much every printer I’ve ever owned. It’s…