From 1985-1987, the most powerful computing device Apple sold was the LaserWriter, one of the first generally-available laser printers. It had its own built-in CPU which was 50% faster than the Macs available at the time, which was needed to drive the printing engine lowendmac.com/1985/apple-…
Charles Dickens' final novel, "The Mystery of Edwin Drood", was only half-finished when Dickens died. 3 years later, an American printer published a completed version which he claimed had been literally "ghost-written" by channeling Dickens' spirit - and it was praised by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
World's largest printer of Bibles is in China, and is also the only company in China authorized to print Bibles. christianitytoday.com/new…
'The Hobbit' famous cover or 'dust protector' illustrated by Tolkien himself was meant to have a red sun. But the publisher wrote "ignore red" to the printers as it would of been too expensive to print a 3rd colour. museoteca.com/r/en/work/7…
Your printer puts information in every sheet you print that will allow authorities to track any printed page back to your printer. This hidden information most likely survives scans and photos of your printed documents, allowing those to be tracked as well. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mac…
Today I learned about the Wicked Bible, a 17th-century Bible that accidentally stated β€œthou shalt commit adultery” due to a printing error. The printers were summoned to the king's court and fined Β£300, the equivalent of $56,500 today. theguardian.com/books/201…
The first computers in the White House were installed by Jimmy Carter's administration. In 1978, the West Wing was equipped with a Hewlett Packard 3000. By the end of Carter's term, the White House had purchased its first laser printer whitehousehistory.org/com…
Today I learned of the Machine Identification Code. A series of secret dots that certain printers leave on every piece of paper they print, giving clues to the originator and identification of the device that printed it. It was developed in the 1980s by Canon and Xerox but wasn't discovered until 2004. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mac…
Today I learned about the only woman name to appear on the Declaration of Independence, Mary Katherine Goddard. She was the second printer of the Declaration of Independence and was the first to include the names of the signatories. She was also removed from her Postmaster position because she was a woman. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mar…
When printers started to print books in the 15th century, they used scraps of ancient and medieval parchments to help bind the book. Examining the bindings, historians have reconstructed old texts. Some texts only survive in the modern day in this way. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fra…
When Apple released the LaserWriter printer in 1985 it had a built-in programming language, its own RAM and used the same CPU as the original Macintosh, but running at a higher speed. Because of this, the LaserWriter printer had the most processing power in Apple's product line at that time en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Las…
Many color laser printers and copiers print secret dots on each printed sheet, known as a Machine Identification Code, that can be used to identify the device that made the printed sheet. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mac…
A 'stereotype' was originally a plaster-cast copy of a block of typeset letters, that printers could use to reprint unchanged text (for example books) without having to re-set the type from scratch en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ste…
A 1631 edition of the Bible published by the royal printers of London caused an uproar when it was found that the Ten Commandments included β€œthou shalt commit adultery.” Most copies of this Wicked Bible were found and ordered destroyed; the few that survived are highly sought by collectors. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wic…
Printer companies implement programmed obsolescence by embedding chips into ink cartridges that force them to stop printing after a set expiration date, even if there is ink remaining. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ink…
The phrase "out of sorts" is most often attributed to typesetting and refers to running out of an individual metal type called "sorts" that printers used during Tudor times in England, though the phrase itself predates that. grammarist.com/phrase/out…
The last Blockbuster on earth, in Bend, OR uses floppy disks to boot their system, employees have to hand print cards because their printers broke, and transactions are backed up on a reel-to-reel tape that can't be replaced because Radio Shack went out of business. wfaa.com/article/news/las…
Today i learned that the first 3d printer was created 40 years ago in 1980 pcmag.com/news/3d-printin…
Upper case and lower case letters are named after the specific cases that printers would keep the letters in, with the lower case being easier for them to access. mcgill.ca/oss/article/did…
The line of descending numbers on the copyright page of a book is called the Printer's Key, and it indicates which printing of the book it is. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pri…
At the request of the police Currys PC World withdrew a Β£750 printer from sale after detectives revealed it could produce replica EU driving licences. standard.co.uk/news/polic…
Computer printers have been quietly embedding tracking codes in documents for decades en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mac…
Printers print an invisible secret code called Machine Identification Code on every single page you print for the lawmakers to track date, time and serial number of the printer that prints it. worldofsecrets.org/en/201…
Today I learned of the First Ever Middle Ear Transplant with 3D Printer, Curing Deafness was done in South Africa the-open-mind.com/first-e…
A college student aligned his teeth successfully by 3D printing his own clear braces for less than $60; he'd built his own 3D home printer but fixed his teeth over months with 12 trays he made on his college's more precise 3D printer. money.cnn.com/2016/03/16/…
In 2014 a 14 year old Suvir Mirchandani suggested that US government could save $400m on printer ink by switching their font from Times Roman to Garamond. Unfortunately the calculations didn't quite add up. independent.co.uk/news/sc…
Today I learned about an engineer named Matt Bowtell - who makes prosthetic limbs for people for free using his 3D printer. abc.net.au/news/2018-10-2…
In June, 2016 the Royal Canadian Mounted Police seized one kilogram of carfentanil shipped from China in a box labelled "printer accessories". The shipment contained 50 million lethal doses of the drug, more than enough to wipe out the entire population of the country. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Car…
A 13 yr old who made a Braille printer out of Legos after discovering that millions of blind people in developing countries buy Braille devices that cost $2K and weigh 20 lbs. His prints Braille from computers to paper using raised dots instead of ink, weighs a few lbs, and costs only $350. theguardian.com/technolog…
A sideways chevron punctuation mark is called a guillemet, named after the French printer Guillaume Le Be. In English it means, "Little William". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gui…
Gatorade created a β€œliquid printer” to animate water droplets. This took 5000 man hours To create and was for a commercial. petapixel.com/2017/06/09/…
Originally the hulk was supposed to be gray but an issue at the printer turned him green. io9.gizmodo.com/the-many-…
Welsh uses the letter C for the K sound because when the first Welsh bible was printed, the printers did not have enough letter Ks for the job. sjsu.edu/faculty/watkins/…
Most color laser printers sold today create an invisible code that records where and when a page was printed. seeingyellow.com
There is paper made out of stone which is water proof, recyclable and works with inkjet printers en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sto…
Books have blank pages in the backs and/or front due to "signatures" (groups of pages) that printers fold & cut to assemble a book. A signature can be as few as 4 pages or as many as 64; all divisible by at least 4. The appearance of wasting paper isn’t actually costing publishers money. mentalfloss.com/article/7…
The name "Imogen" may well be a typo. Its first recorded use is in Shakespeare's Cymbeline. It is thought that he wrote "Innogen", a common Celtic name at the time. The printers misread the "nn" as "m" and thus a new name was born! en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Imo…
When Apple's LaserWriter printer was introduced in 1985 it had more processing power than any other Apple product including the Macintosh computer. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Las…
A Saskatchewan man didn't have enough money for the 3D printer he wanted, so he crafted his own. Then he got backing for it on Kickstarter to make more and is selling a DIY kit for his 3D printer called "The Peachy Printer" for $100. cbc.ca/news/canada/saskat…
The cast of Office Space reunited in 2009 for the 10th anniversary of the film and destroyed a printer on the sidewalk of the Paramount Theatre en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Off…
In 1997, four years before being arrested for spying for the KGB, Robert Hanssen was caught using a password cracker on a federal computer. When asked about this, he said that he was simply trying to install a color printer, and so he needed the administrator password. They believed him. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rob…
All major manufacturers of color laser printers entered a secret agreement with governments to ensure that all printouts are forensically traceable by printing encoded serial numbers and timestamps in yellow ink dots on every printout. eff.org/pages/list-printe…
The Cincinnati Library has 3D printers, audio and visual equipment, laser cutters and engravers, sewing machines, cameras and other hardware and software tools that patrons can use for free. cincinnatilibrary.org/mai…
In 1997, four years before being arrested for spying for the KGB, Robert Hanssen was caught using a password cracker on a federal computer. When asked about this, he said that he was simply trying to install a color printer, and so he needed the administrator password. They believed him. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rob…
The coat of arms of Appenzell, Switzerland depicts a bear with brightly colored penis. When a printer from another canton forgot to print the penis in 1579, it nearly started a war. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Piz…
Some printers often blend cyan ink into print-ups that are supposedly black and white, claimed to create a "purer black" output. therecycler.com/posts/the…
In 2009, an abusive litigant sued a man for $30k for selling him a $40 printer on Craigslist, claiming it was broken. The case lasted for 6Β½ years and, as of 2016, may still be on-going. usatoday.com/story/money/…
Some HP printer firmware default disables you from using non HP ink, such as used or non OEM unless you update a driver or turn off the feature in the printer. tonergiant.co.uk/blog/201…
The Coca Cola Freestyle vending machine was designed with help from Dean Kamen, inventor of the Segway. They used his medication microdosing technology to create a printer-like cartridge system that dispenses highly concentrated syrup instead of ink, which can last 75-120 days laweekly.com/restaurants/…
North American printers use a different sized paper to the rest of the world. betweenborders.com/wordsm…

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