Spent much of the day today fitting shelves into server racks. Which I can assure you was hours of fun. Camped up on the otherwise completely empty first floor, fitting nuts to the racks so the shelves can be attached. I lost track of time. I finished up about 5:30 but didn't realise until I went back downstairs to get a drink. Still a fun day, it kept me occupied. Next task is putting a digital box into each of the 96 spaces that we've made on the racks. Though I don't know if I'll be doing that tomorrow.
I picked up a cable for my printer on the way home. It was €8, which struck me as a complete ripoff. Though they didn't sell any other cables which could be used to do that job, and there weren't any other electronic stores around that were open, so I paid up. The printer I noticed has gone up to €49, which makes me a little glad I got it for €30 on Saturday.
It prints as well as a €30 would. Both black and colour are grand, but I wouldn't want to be printing photos with it, or anything that was relying on vibrant, accurate colours. The scanner works as expected, and the photocopy function seems kind of useful. As a printer scanner, it does everything I could ask of it.
Of course, buying this runs contrary to my previous assertions that I wouldn't buy a printer scanner unless it was one of those €150 HP or Samsung laser models, so I'd get something that lasts and wouldn't have to mess around with inkjet cartridges. However, needs must. I still haven't decided if I'm going to ship it back to Ireland yet or see if I can sell it to someone, but I'll cross that bridge in time.
One thing I'll miss about Hoofddorp when I go home, is all the animals. In the canals on the way to work, I can see ducks and ducklings swimming around. What I think is some kind of heron stands on the banks watching the water. Lambs wander the green areas around the outskirts of the town. A gaggle of geese was sitting by the roadside getting in the way and being a bit of a nuisance. Just on the way home today I passed a herd of swans nestled in somebody's flowerbed by a canal. One of the swans was actually pretty massive. Larger than your average dog. I was a little taken aback. The first time all month I've regretted not carrying my camera with me.