The smell of warm paper in the morning


In this local copying shop, the theory goes that warm paper runs more
smoothly through the copy machines and minimizes the risk of paper
jams. Hence, concentrating light/heat upon to soon-to-be-printed paper
placed into this cardboard box. Around which machines/processes do
“superstitions” or unproven beliefs crop up? What are the sources of
such beliefs and practices? How much variation in such a belief is
there within a given context (I’ve never seen or heard of the “warm
paper = smoother copying” practice anywhere else here)? Can the paper
get too hot? (I’m told that hasn’t happened as of yet)

Considering the degree of wear on the +20 year old copy machines that
are the status quo for photocopy shops here, the less need for repairs
the better, as you never know when fixing one part will indirectly
lead to breaking another one. How do people change their behavior when
they are knowingly dealing with worn or fragile parts? I think a lots
depends upon the operator’s knowledge of the machine, or at least of
local part availability/fabricate-ability. When are instances when
something being broken requires careful thought as to whether to risk
repairing it for fear of collateral damage? In what contexts is it no
longer “worth it”? How does that vary between places with different
degrees (and natures) of resource constraint, and for which products?
What is “broken”, really – utterly inoperable? Impaired/sub-optimal to
one person/context can be “runs fine to me” in another – your mileage
may definitely vary.

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