August 22, 2019

Why We All Hate Our Printers

“In a 1965 issue of Electronics magazine, Intel co-founder Gordon Moore wrote a short paper in which he correctly predicted the future development of computing technology. Titled “Cramming more components onto integrated circuits,” it theorized that the number of transistors able to fit — er, to be crammed — on a circuit would double roughly every two years. Put simply, it meant that over time, computers would get exponentially more powerful. Put even more simply, porn on computer… soon?

The paper included a little graph (above), charting the upwards trajectory of circuit numbers over time, that surely made proto-tech investors salivate. Sometime after 1975, his prediction became popularly known as Moore’s Law, even though it technically wasn’t a law but an observation.

Here in the year 2019, with the full benefit of hindsight, I propose a subsidiary law, called the InkJet Corollary. It stipulates that as computer technology gets exponentially harder/better/faster/stronger, printers will get exponentially shittier.”

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