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Epson Status Monitor

Wednesday 15 February 2017

Why does it sometimes feel like everything you install on or plug into a Windows 10 machine just takes over?

For the first time in months I went to print something today from my work computer, to our Epson WorkForce 645 which is attached to our home network. Windows 10 found it no problem, and helpfully offered to find and install the necessary drivers.

But then it kept going, installing shitty Epson software that I didn’t ask for and don’t need. And everyone knows how much I love unnecessary background processes and notification icons…

To disable Epson Status Monitor 3, you’ve got to dig deep into settings. This was with Windows 10 Pro, and version 1.31 of whatever the hell Epson stuff Windows installed:

  1. Crack open Devices and Printers
  2. Select “Printing preferences” from the context menu for the printer in question
  3. Select the “Maintenance” tab
  4. Select “Extended Settings”
  5. Un-check “Enable EPSON Status Monitor 3”
  6. “OK” your way back to sanity

This removes the relevant item from Windows start-up (which can be viewed in Task Manager), and a restart is needed to cleanly kill of any associated background processes that were started before following the steps above.

While you’re at step number 3, by the way, you might want to open “Monitoring Preferences” and turn off “Display Epson Offers”. Bad enough this software is being forced upon us without having fucking Epson advertisements in your face if you do ever use Status Monitor.

New Zealand entry card

Friday 3 February 2017

I don’t know how to answer this question on the New Zealand passenger entry card.

Are you bring into New Zealand… Goods obtained overseas and/or purchased duty-free in New Zealand: with a total value of more than NZ$700 (including gifts)?

Yes. Everyone is. Got an iPhone? Bam, there’s your NZ$700. Just a decent suitcase full of shoes and clothes will get you there, never mind the technology everyone carries around with them all the time.

I’ve been travelling to and from New Zealand a fair bit recently, and have observed that answering truthfully to this question (“yes”) results in a conversation with a customs officer, while giving the less honest answer leads to instant freedom.

If everyone answered truthfully then there would be Airbus A380 sized queues in front of some poor customs officer at Auckland airport all day every day. But there isn’t, from which we can deduce that nobody answers the question truthfully, which means there’s absolutely no point to this question.

Get rid of it New Zealand. You know we’re all lying to you anyway.

Summer wonderland

Sunday 11 December 2016

Air New Zealand presents Summer Wonderland

Air New Zealand are at it again, this time with a funny and touching take on a Christmas classic. Almost all of it applies to Australia as well, although there was some Kiwi in there that I didn’t understand.

The whole things summarises my experience of Christmas in the southern hemisphere quite nicely: cards with wintry scenes and songs about roaring fires do not work here.

Doesn’t stop retailers trying though…

Dishonoured 2

Sunday 27 November 2016

What’s the point in buying a game on physical media, only to be asked to download over 9GB of software before even playing it once? This is Dishonoured 2 on PS4, and I’d like to give a shout-out to Arkane Studios for doing a piss-poor job. Asking players to download such an enormous amount of data is careless, and there will be a significant number of players even in well-developed areas of the globe who cannot even consider a download of this size.