Sunday, December 12, 2004

Christmas Card Hell

That's where I am, where I have been almost all day. What possesses me to put myself through this torture? And why, oh why, can't software people make anything that works on something besides a Windows maching? First, I had trouble printing the letter. Then, I had problems with the pictures. Ran out of paper, photo paper and ink. Went to Staples. They are out of the original paper I had purchased months ago. In fact, their entire Christmas stationery display is empty. I have to dig through the remainder bin. I drop $100 on paper and ink. Then I'm trying to print labels. Apple Works will not cooperate. I can't get it to open a simple comma-delimited file without crashing. So, I hope over to the Linux box. I set everything up. I do the mail merge. Labels are off. I make some adjustments. Still off. I use Avery's handy-dandy online printing utility. Still off. Finally, I download a shareware program, Mail Factory and it works on the first try. I've got labels with "printed by Mail factory" on them because I haven't paid for the program yet, but I don't care. I want out of the hell I'm in. I had plans for the day. I was going to accomplish stuff dammit. But no . . .