Poll 2014-04-07 When I want to print something, I...
When I want to print something, I...
Print it at home
10 votes (26%)
Try to print it at home, but fail because the ink cartridge is dry again
7 votes (18%)
Highjack the neighbor's unsecured wifi printer, then demand the printout
0 votes (0%)
Print it at the office
18 votes (46%)
Print it at an office store (Kinko's, etc)
0 votes (0%)
Save the trees! I went paperless!
4 votes (10%)
Reply 5 comments

Library? (Score: 2, Informative)

by lhsi@pipedot.org on 2014-04-07 09:31 (#105)

My library does printing; the last thing I printed was there.

When I was at Uni I did most of my printing at the Library there too until I got my own printer.

Can't print at home (Score: 1)

by tempest@pipedot.org on 2014-04-08 15:10 (#10K)

I've used PCs since the late 90s and I've never owned a printer. Over the course of a year I print about 30 pages for my own use, mainly tax forms and flight information. I save my home stuff as PDF on the rare occasion I need records, but I've noticed I print very little at the office either. Usually I print to PDF if I need to send a document... then they print it. Yay for the paperless office.

Re: Can't print at home (Score: 1)

by zafiro17@pipedot.org on 2014-04-08 16:06 (#10M)

I'd love to see one of those famous paperless offices. While I am able to go weeks without needing to print much of anything, I work with a bunch of clowns that regularly print out 20 pages sets of papers for everyone at a meeting, which no one actually reads or needs to read. What a waste! I've also got people printing out their email on a color printer, so all the hyperlinks print in blue, if there are any. Seriously, if these people had to buy their own toner cartridges you'd see a change in attitude, I think. Such a huge waste. Then I can only assume they print the email, read it, and then throw it in the trash.

But there are tons of people in modern offices who loathe empty space. They like to clutter the whole place up with papers, books, manuals, junk - not because they need any of it but because it makes them look busy and/or indispensable. It's hard to look busy when your desk is spotless and all your docs are carefully arranged digitally.

Re: Can't print at home (Score: 1)

by omoc@pipedot.org on 2014-04-09 16:04 (#117)

Talk about waste, I've seen people print entire PDF books/technical documents/manuals in the 400+ pages area, then those people use that printout 1 or 2 days and put it on a shelf or even the garbage. There should be reasonable printing quotas or print logs per employee so people think about it a bit more.

Office (Score: 1)

by egcagrac0@pipedot.org on 2014-04-08 18:17 (#10S)

The office has a variety of large format printers. I don't keep 30" roll paper at the house, and I don't care to maintain an 11x17" duplex color printer.

If I wanted 8.5x11", I probably want to bind it (coil or binder) - there is a coil binder and usually 3-ring binders available for reuse at the office, too.

Given that I know the printing costs, I feel about as bad about this as I would for taking a couple of plastic ball-point pens home. It's a similar monetary value.