Jason Lindquist (jlindquist) wrote,
Jason Lindquist

Where the world is going

Saturday at Office Depot, I picked up a 1G SD card for $10 and a Brother HL-2170W laser printer for $100 after a $50 mail-in rebate. That printer does up to 23 pages per minute at 2400x600 dpi resolution, with 32M of RAM, USB connectivity, built-in 10/100 Ethernet and 802.11b/g wireless Ether, and weighs about 15 pounds.

By contrast, in 1994, I bought a Seagate 1G 3.5" half-height SCSI hard disk. I got a deal. $400. And in 1992, I bought my first laser printer, a Personal LaserWriter NT, which did 4 PPM at 300x300 dpi, with 2M of RAM, and either 19.2 Kbaud serial or 230 kbps LocalTalk. (Ethernet was still way too expensive.) The thing was lightweight at 32 lbs (compare with the original LaserWriter/LaserWriter Plus, which weighed almost 80.) That printer? We paid just under $1000 by using a retiring teacher's education discount, down from retail of over $1200.

For $100, that's a huge win. Cheap inkjets, like the one I shuttle between the baseball and football press boxes, cost $50, but the ink is a bitch and a half to deal with. I either pay for it or refill it, and still have to deal with the heat and dusty atmospheres making those heads more likely to clog. That's where this new laser is going. And it saves me the trouble of having to plug into the thing. I just turn on the AirPort card and go...

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