My new computer is a Windows 7 machine, and sits flat on my desktop, instead of standing tall and proud like all my previous towers. That means, since the monitor can sit on top of it, I will have a lot more space on my desk ... at least until the usual piles start to grow. No, no, no .... I need another new resolution! Not only am I not going to print off any more recipes (that's a habit I've been working hard to break this week), I also vow not to let my desk accumulate piles of paper. It must all be filed in it's proper place on a regular basis.
Now, that may mean I will have to create some proper places. Until recently I had an old monitor that I could fit a shelving unit over. It had little cubby holes down the sides where I stored certain types of things, and there was a slotted unit on top where I could file various papers that either had to be dealt with or needed to be held for one reason or another. Then my monitor died and my hubby gave me the flat screen he had purchased for me earlier in the year. I had turned it down at the time as I knew it would interfere with the filing and storage system I'd had for years. Perhaps with all this extra room I will be able to have some sort of file box with in and out baskets, or something. I hope I get that sorted out soon. With all the shoving around and rearranging that's been going on in here lately, I managed to mail off some paperwork this week, without some of the needed forms included. Nothing is where it usually is, so it was really easy to not immediately see what needed to be included.
Meanwhile, my printer has also died, and I'm totally lost without that. I tried networking to my hubby's, but didn't succeed. He then moved his over to my desk, as I need one much more often than he does. My old computer and his printer don't seem to play well together so I still don't have the year end report printed off. I never had a compatibility problem with a printer before. Hubby seems to think it's my firewall that's preventing it from printing.
Then I won a $100 gift card in a contest from Subway. In order to claim my prize, I had to print some forms and sign them, and then scan them and send them back. But as I said, the printers wouldn't cooperate. Then I discovered that the old computer didn't have anything on it that would even open the file I was supposed to print. Neither did my hubby's computer but the new one had the needed software. So we hooked up the working printer to the new computer, and found that it wouldn't work on it either. After a bit of messing around, and a computer search for assistance, it was discovered that hubby's printer would work on the Win7 machine if he downloaded Windows Vista drivers for it. I never would have thought of that! The contest rules state that they are not responsible for computer problems for equipment failures that may cause the required forms to not be filed with them on time. I have to wonder if that is meant to eliminate some of the winners, as it certainly hasn't been easy. If you wave money or food in front to me though, I'm usually motivated.
While I still don't have the year end reports printed, and am starting to wonder if a new printer would even solve that, I did at least get my desk cleaned off. The old computer tower is still on the desk until I get that task done though. The photo pointed out to me that apparently there is a clutter of envelopes hiding back in the corner under the desk. Cleaning those out will likely be the easiest thing I've done all week.