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Caught with your hand in the label machine

June 19, 2012

In my last contact I had to label up quite a bit of kit for the server room.  We were putting in a new virtual infrastructure on VMware so in were going servers to use as hosts, vCentre, Veeam Backup and Replication etc etc.

At the time I was using our trusty Dymo (the Ford Ka of label making machines, as our Lamborghini  Gallardo Brady had been taken off site).  After printing a couple of labels the roll ended.

“That’s odd” I thought, I only changed this yesterday.

Now nothing annoys me more than having to go and see the mythical beast that is “the keeper of the stationary cupboard”. You always have to explain exactly why you need another pen, some AA batteries or another pack of post-it notes.  Sometimes you have to practically beg.

Annoyed I would have to go cap in hand to the mythical beast I pulled the used ink ribbon out of the empty cartridge to see how the hell it had been used up in less than 24 hours.  You see the machines work the same way typewriters used to work in the 60’s and 70’s, and if you have ever seen a crime thriller of this period you would know if you take the ribbon from someone’s typewriter you steel everything they have ever written.

And this is what I found on the ribbon….


You get the idea.  Seems that someone had decided to label the spice cupboard back home.  Come to think of it I think the nice lady/mythical beast who policed the stationary cupcoard asked to borrow it the day before…

On a serious point, if you work in a high security environment and always shred you documents (for fear of giving away internal system names) make sure your spent label making machine cartridges get disposed of properly too!



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