I’m : a programmer, writer, podcaster, geek, and coffee enthusiast.

The progress of technology

I just paid the same amount for a 20-ppm color laser printer with PostScript and a built-in network card as I did in 1994 for a black-and-white parallel-port inkjet printer (yes, a black-and-white inkjet) that had its speed advertised in “characters per second”.

(For geeks: the former and the latter [I cannot explain that price].)

Of course, in 1994, my printer was plugged into a Gateway 2000 PC running Windows 3.11 and sporting a blazing 50 MHz 486 DX/2 CPU, 8 MB of RAM, and a 420 MB hard drive. There have been a number of improvements in that department as well.