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Not sure if she still does it, but as recently as a year ago my mom was still opening every email she received, printing it, and reading it offline. I don't recall seeing her use different colored markers to flag each printout for reply, archiving, or deletion, but I'll pass the idea on to her next time I see her. Sorry mom, love ya' :-)

 

Or I'll pass the idea to HP, while I am at it, since recent commercials for their tablet are touting a wireless print feature as a major selling point. I have no personal beef with HP; if I ever decide to print something again in this lifetime I might pick up a gently used HP printer on Craigslist for 15 or 20 bucks. John Paczkowski reports via his article for All Things Digital that even Morgan Stanley thinks printing is on its way out, citing a "projected decline of up to two percent in printer supplies revenue in 2011 and a two percent to five percent decline in 2012."

 

Here are the things I most frequently sent to the printer in the last decade:

Directions

Boarding passes

Term papers

 

The first two are now covered by my phone. I haven't been in college recently, but I imagine most professors born after the Fillmore administration are now accepting papers via email for the sake of convenience, time stamping, and environmentalism.

 

With electronic data transfer so easy and widespread - synching and sending and push this and pull that - sending anything to the printer does feel a bit like pulling the lever on a cigarette vending machine, or putting a 5.25 floppy in the drive and thumbing down the drive-closure lever, or manually scoring your own bowling game with a pencil and scorecard.

 

Separately, anyone else a bit perplexed that it took a solid 12-months for a competitor to come to market with a device to compete against the iPad? I've been using and loving mine (32GB, Wi-Fi only model) for 10-months now and am eagerly anticipating an upgrade to the second generation, assuming the specs are worth it and the resale value of my 1st-gen is as high as my other Apple products have historically gone for. I sold an iPhone 3GS straight out of the washing machine with a broken proximity sensor for $220 a few months back, and my 8-core Mac Pro desktop I use for home audio recording is still worth 65-70% of what I paid for it, refurbished, 18 months ago.