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3 November, 2006

In awe

Remember the photocopier I commented on a few weeks ago?  We've just had a brief induction session about it (if users need training, that suggests the usability needs work – I'd argue that the operating technique should be intuitive).

It's able to fold paper and insert staples, presumably even when and where one wants folds and fixings. Wow. In't modern technology brilliant?

Actually, I'm not being sarcastic – though not exactly earth-shattering, it could be a useful time-saver for clerical staff, and I wasn't aware that it was possible. It's these little innovations that I appreciate.


Our photocopier staples, and it isn't too unintuitive to use - I've often been handed a load of paper to photocopy and 9 times out of 10 I get the intended result. Unless the photocopier is on an off day, in which case it'll eat anything you want copying double-sided, meaning you have to essentially take it apart to remove the crumpled up remnants of your document.

Posted by Neil T. at November 3, 2006 06:42 PM

No matter how intuitive a photocopier, someone will get it wrong. Training sessions cover one's back... This is coming from the person who has had students trying to photocopy in any number of intriguing ways. Apparently, the ability to read simple instructions in CAPS taped to the lid of the copier has been struck from the UCAS requirements. Lecturers are just as bad.

Posted by Calephetos at November 4, 2006 11:53 AM
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