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Nov. 24th, 2007

12:05 am - PC LOAD LETTER

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Ever seen the phrase PC LOAD LETTER, say, on your printer's display screen, or on the display screen of a printer in a comedy movie written by, say, Mike Judge, and wondered what the fuck it meant?

Well, it stands for "Pastry Chef Load Letter". It means that the "pastry chef", which is computer engineer slang for the printer controller, that is, the guy who controls the printer, that is, you, needs to load more letters into the printer's print head, because it is running low on letters and it needs a fresh load of letters so it can keep printing words, phrases, clauses, sentences, paragraphs, etc. So when you, the pastry chef, see "PC LOAD LETTER" flashing on your printer, open it up and dump in some letters. They can be scraped off the daily newspaper, or you can use a can of alphabet soup or a box of Alpha-Bits, or as a last resort, toy magnetic fridge letters or children's alphabet blocks may be used.

So there you go! That's what the fuck it means.

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From:orv
Date:November 24th, 2007 03:39 am (UTC)
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What about when it says "PC LOAD A4"? Does it just need me to dump in As and 4s?
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From:kinkyturtle
Date:November 24th, 2007 03:43 am (UTC)
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Nope, just a 4.
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From:ringbark
Date:November 24th, 2007 05:55 am (UTC)
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What about "PC LOAD CARD" ?

Does it make any difference if my card is maxed out? Is it possible to pay cash?
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From:melskunk
Date:November 24th, 2007 08:01 am (UTC)
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See, at work, we often have to feed the pastry chef letters, so I can totally see where this comes from. that's why the pastry chefs are so good at writting on cakes.
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From:savant_da_rat
Date:November 24th, 2007 10:58 am (UTC)
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*chuckles* Did you ever consider working phone tech support, KT? :)
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From:rogerirrelevant
Date:November 24th, 2007 12:15 pm (UTC)
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Given I live in a country of A4, and run the IT for a company, a vein visibly sticks out on my forehead every time I see "LOAD LETTER" on a sodding printer.

My computer's set to UK as its region. It's set to use the UK date format. It is set to use Sterling as the currency. Its set to use the International English language. And yet, half of the time you install a printer and the bloody thing it will assume for some reason you're using US Letter paper...

Still, not quite as bad as Windows NT, which would assume that every new person who logged into the computer was somewhere on the West Coast of America even though you'd told the computer where it was located on set up.



Excuse me, I think I need to go sit down somewhere quiet and let the rage subside... :)
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From:orv
Date:November 24th, 2007 04:39 pm (UTC)
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I have the same reaction when I get "PC LOAD A4". Even if I wanted to print on A4 paper, you can't get it here... Linux is especially bad about assuming you must want to print on A4 paper.
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From:baphnedia
Date:November 25th, 2007 01:51 am (UTC)
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This is due to the slight problem that there are a lot of penguins who illegally immigrated to the US that use linux. Most of these penguins don't realize that there are other sizes of paper to be had.
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