As I continue to close up the last of the minor issues with the new GNOME desktop, I decided to quickly implement a dialog that appears after you log into the server. The print cost database is now loading information completely via cron and the numbers are astonishing. We have departmental printers and costs are high. I can't imagine the costs in Governmental agencies that have desktop printers. Be assured that we are doing everything possible to save tax payer dollars here at Largo. This kind of stuff drives me crazy!
For the first time, when users log in they are made aware of their print consumptions. As you can see, I don't print very often. :)
And the SQL to perform this query took just a few minutes:
We are still settling in on a value for the cost of a theoretical 100% coverage. The cost per page that they quote you is always for 5% coverage. So 2 cents a page @ 5% coverage is around 40 cents per fully printed page. That value is multiplied times the coverage rate and number of pages.