It seems to me that right around the time Windows XP came out, computers were almost…simple. Printers worked, and could be installed in 10 minutes. Setting the IP address of a machine could be done in 5 minutes without a restart and three clicks. Scanners needed a PhD to install, but at least they weren’t ending up in every machine known to man.
I was reminded of this today because of four things:
- I had to install an HP printer (a printer, not a MultiFunction Device), and it took 30 minutes and a restart.
- I had to change the driver of a Xerox machine on a Vista computer, and it took me three tries before I remembered that I had to “Run as Administrator”, even though I was logged in as an administrator at the time.
- I had to change the IP of the same Vista machine and it took 14 clicks to get to the properties of the Network Card (although I didn’t go the most direct route.
- I had to assist in installing a Xerox copier/scanner/fax/printer/espresso machine and it took 2 of us two hours to get it done…and the other person worked for Xerox.
Isn’t life supposed to be easier? Now we have dogs and cats living together!