Tuesday, December 15, 2009

All hail King Jim!

In the office environment, there are a number of machines and tools that exist to make our job more efficient. Obviously the sophisticated ones such as computers, printers, scanners etc. but also the smaller one such as the paper cutter, shredder and binding machine, and not to forget the tiny things such as staplers, clips and other standard office fare. But I have a favorite machine; the "King Jim Tepra Label Maker"! This amazing device, which you can see in the picture is a pretty sophisticated piece of machinery with a full keyboard, can handle both full Chinese characters, and roman letters in addition to the Japanese alphabets. In all honesty, I have yet to mastered one third of all the options available on this device, but it is pretty advanced.

What it does? Well, it print labels. I type in "Don’t touch" and press print and a label saying "Don’t touch" comes out. The label size can also be changed in case you want to print out smaller or bigger labels for those special occasions, as well as a rich selection of colors.

I don't use it as often as I want, but when I do actually have a need to make a label, it's pure labeling joy! I remember the primitive device mom had at home when we were kids with only an alphabet dial and a printing trigger and I feel so grateful that humanity has advanced so far in so short time! If only they weren't so expensive I would buy one for the home too...

3 comments:

big bro said...

flashback! Now I remember that label maker we had at home, with those hard and thick plastic adhesive labels. I think it was like battery-powered toys when we were kids - they never got refilled. For the label maker, that mean that there was never any label tape for it...

Anonymous said...

so nice blog..................................................

Kevin said...

I often think that Japan would should down if it were not for the King Jim label maker.
Use one myself at home. Love it!
(one of many things that make me think I may have been here too long)

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