So! Here's today's bit of fun: just after noon, my access to printers was revoked by the company's IT department. The horror! I wouldn't even have noticed if I hadn't received an E-mail asking me to print out a 32+ page voluntary termination paperwork bundle; apparently they routinely revoke print access to prevent exiting employees from absconding with Secret Company Business.
Of course, this bear is smart enough to deal with annoyances like that. Here's how it works:
1. Go to the printer.
2. Get the printer to spit out a configuration page.
3. Create a local printer (attached to LPT1:) that matches the network printer.
4. In the properties for the printer, switch it to use the hostname you got from the printer configuration page.
Yes, it's that easy. Earlier in the year, when Dan was working at the Heinous Place, I played around with a bunch of printer management software at my current company and discovered that not only had no one ever upgraded the firmware for the ~1,200 printers in the company, but that no one had ever bothered to set passwords for them either. Needless to say, no one ever prevented unlimited network access either, so it's trivial to just print to the printers if you really want to. Of course, I'm guessing that most Quality Cell employees wouldn't know how to print without getting IT to set up their printer for them... heh.