Feeds

Printers SMASHED to bits in Office Space copycat revenge vid

Volunteers queue to get own back on irksome tech

Internet Security Threat Report 2014

Vid Of all the devices making our working lives harder, printers take top billing. Never mind computers that crash mid-PowerPoint or smartphones that inexplicably can’t find the network – these, at least, are complicated, multi-function devices with a lot going on.

But printers? These have one job and one job only: put ink on paper. A new video sees punters getting their own back on the dumb machines.

Anyone who's tried to fix a broken printer knows frustration: you get pixelated error messages crammed into tiny screens that are meaningless to anybody outside Xerox labs or that are just plain wrong. To quote Samir in the 1999 classic Office Space: “Paper jam? But there is no paper jam!"

Best move along, pretend you never saw it, find a different printer in the office, leave it to the next schmuck – which is why a downed printer becomes the leper nobody goes near and never gets fixed. That is until somebody in management steps up, with their big fix: punch some buttons, or hit the on/off button. Well, it works for computers, doesn’t it?

Now, paper-printer-and-office-supplies pusher Bytes Document Solutions has released a film – as part of a new ad campaign – that taps into the primal urge of the suffering commuting classes to maim the machines that defy us.

Possibly inspired by Office Space, Bytes has drawn on six white-coat-clad, sledgehammer-happy volunteers to destroy a gang of printers in a short film called I hate printers (part one). It mixes slow-mo swings with inspiring classical in a wrecking yard backdrop to deliver a Reservoir Dogs-meets-Platoon blend of the brutal meets the divine.

Bytes had to fight off people ready to swing the steel, and that's probably why it has two more films coming. “In the end we had eight times more people than we needed, so we drew straws to see who would feature in the film,” managing director Darren Spence said in a press release.

If you’ve never seen the Office Space machine takedown to Geto Boys' Damn it feels good to be a gangsta, you've missed out. Go here. For a pop-culture mash inspired by Office Space and that draws on the hits of YouTube, check out Mistabishi's Printer Jam vs Office Space here.

It beats paying a therapist. ®

Top 5 reasons to deploy VMware with Tegile

More from The Register

next story
Swiss wildlife park serves up furry residents to visitors
'It's ecological' says spokesman, now how would you like your Bambi done?
Win a year’s supply of chocolate (no tech knowledge required)
Over £200 worth of the good stuff up for grabs
Facebook's Zuckerberg in EBOLA VIRUS FIGHT: Billionaire battles bug
US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention contacted as site supremo coughs up
Internet finally ready to replace answering machine cassette tape
It's a simple message and I'm leaving out the whistles and bells
ePassport to Transnistria: NEXTIFYING the Nation State with BONG
Hey the Man, you can't geoblock distributed democracy
Red Bull does NOT give you wings, $13.5m lawsuit says so
Website letting consumers claim $10 cash back crashes after stampede
Down-under record: Australian gets $140k for pussy
'Tiffany' closes deal - 'it's more common to offer your wife', says agent
Trolls have DARK TETRAD of personality defects, say trickcyclists
Think psychopathy and BDSM dungeons, not desktops
The iPAD launch BEFORE it happened: SPECULATIVE GUFF ahead of actual event
Nerve-shattering run-up to the pre-planned known event
prev story

Whitepapers

Forging a new future with identity relationship management
Learn about ForgeRock's next generation IRM platform and how it is designed to empower CEOS's and enterprises to engage with consumers.
Win a year’s supply of chocolate
There is no techie angle to this competition so we're not going to pretend there is, but everyone loves chocolate so who cares.
Why cloud backup?
Combining the latest advancements in disk-based backup with secure, integrated, cloud technologies offer organizations fast and assured recovery of their critical enterprise data.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?
Saudi Petroleum chooses Tegile storage solution
A storage solution that addresses company growth and performance for business-critical applications of caseware archive and search along with other key operational systems.