Things go wrong, a lot of them and each day – the short hand internet way of expressing this is by simple qualifying something as “FAIL”. As far as I know this has mainly been coined by this blog which has an impressive collection of examples of “fail” and is a good means of wasting a lot of time.
My personal fail of the week tipped up when I was trying to get a Canon printer to work over the network and got the following error message (also made me wonder again why network printing always has to be such a drama, but that’s a different story):
W [03/Mar/2009:18:20:24 +0100] [Job 100] recoverable: Error Number : 311
Printer is in use or an error has occurred. If an error has occurred,
eliminate the cause of the error.
Remarkably useless, really (and no, the printer wasn’t in use…).
[update] Since this seems to be a common problem (there are quite a few people researching this on Google), the only thing I found so far is that at least in my case it helps to first clear the print queue on my computer and then turn the printer off and on again – YMMV. The printer in question is a Canon Pixma MP210 connected to a “Neufbox” (apparently running Linux) and I’m using a MacBook Pro, but Windows boxes on the same network occasionally have the same problem.
In case you no more about the problem or have a solution to it, I’d be very thankful if you’d post it here as a comment or drop my a line…[/update]