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 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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
Today i learned that the first 3d printer was created 40 years ago in 1980 pcmag.com/news/3d-printin…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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 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…
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…
Computer printers have been quietly embedding tracking codes in documents for decades en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mac…
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…
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 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…
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…
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/…
Originally the hulk was supposed to be gray but an issue at the printer turned him green. io9.gizmodo.com/the-many-…
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/…
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/…
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…
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…
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…
There is paper made out of stone which is water proof, recyclable and works with inkjet printers en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sto…
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…
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…
Most color laser printers sold today create an invisible code that records where and when a page was printed. seeingyellow.com
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…
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 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…
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/…
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 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…
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/…
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…
Today I learned about the "Tramp Printers." During the turn of the 20th century most typographers were union members which allows them the freedom to become vagabonds, traveling all over the United States with the stability of employment no matter where they go. radixmedia.org/tramp-prin…
Today I learned about Dingbat, or more formally, printer's ornament, which is an ornament or a figure used for boxsettig; in today's digital world, it describes fonts that are symbols, like Wingding en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Din…
North American printers use a different sized paper to the rest of the world. betweenborders.com/wordsm…
Today I learned about a R&D company - Palo Alto Research Centre which was responsible for development of GUI, text editor, ethernet, LCD, laser printer, optical disk, OOP, MVC - all being elements of modern computing. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/PAR…
Inkjet printers made by companies such as HP and Epson lie to you by telling you your ink cartridges are empty before they really are. arstechnica.com/gadgets/2…
Scientists now have the ability to use a 3D printer to make complex chunks of growing muscle, cartilage, and bone. popularmechanics.com/scie…
In June 2016, Canadian authorities seized one kilogram of carfentanil in a shipment for China in a box labeled "printer supplies". This would have been more than enough to kill 50 million people (more than the population of Canada itself). en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Car…
Refillable printer ink is commonplace in most countries EXCEPT the US, where printer manufacturers control the type of competition that they allow on retail shelves en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ink…
Switching to a dollar coin would save $500 million a year, but paper/printer lobbyists stop it from happening en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sav…
Air conditioning was invented to dry hot humid air that caused printers to malfunction. theatlantic.com/business/…
Near every page we print contains an invisible serial number used to trace documents back to the printer used ehow.com/how_6860492_do-i…
Margaret Cavendish, the Duchess of Newcastle, an early proponent of women's right, published in 1666 an early work of science fiction, The Blazing World, the first of the genre written by a woman and used London's first woman printer, Anne Maxwell, to produce the book. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
Lorem Ipsum has been used as dummy text for printers and typesetters since the 1500's lipsum.com/
When the original card back art for Magic the Gathering was sent to the printers, it had an accidental ballpoint pen mark on it. The same pen mark has now been on every MTC card for 23+ years. mtgsalvation.gamepedia.co…
Some printers use yellow ink to print secret invisible identification dots on every page so the government can match documents to printers. That's why usually if you're out of blue or even black your printer will still work but without yellow it won't. pcworld.com/article/11866…
A 1631 edition of the King James Bible that became known as the 'Wicked Bible' forgot to include the word 'not', resulting in readers being told 'Thou shalt commit adultery', for which the printers were fined Β£300 britannica.com/topic/bibl…
Printers Are Affected By Altitude And Some Have Settings For Physical Height/Altitude Correction smallbusiness.chron.com/p…
Sticks of butter in the U.S. are shaped and packaged differently based on whether they will be sold east or west of the Rocky Mountains because of historical differences in "butter printers." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/But…
Color laser printers print a watermark on every page that identifies the printer to ease government fears of forgery. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pri…
The Swiss canton of Appenzell almost declared war on the canton of St. Gallen when a printer from there forgot to add the penis on their coat of arms’ bear en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Piz…
Printer ink is literally more expensive than blood. gizmodo.com/212444/hp-ink…
Printers add secret tracking code bbc.com/future/story/2017…
Printer ink costs over seven times more than Dom Perignon vintage champagne per millilitre. news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/techn…
Benjamin Franklin did not attend college. His formal education ended at 10 due to family financial issues and he left school to work in his fathers candle shop. By the age of 12 he was apprenticed to a printer. fi.edu/benjamin-franklin-…
Today I learned of Pizzling; The Practice of Including/Depicting the Genitalia of an Animal On, for Instance, a Coat of Arms; In 1579, the Pizzle Was Forgotten by the Printer of a Calendar, Which Almost Led to War. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Piz…
Researchers printed out a beating mouse heart using a modified printer with cells in the ink cartridge. scientificamerican.com/ar…
Some printer manufacturers (e.g. Epsom) *DELIBERATELY* cause your printer to stop working after a certain number of page prints. Allegedly designed to get you to pay a huge service cost or buy a new printer. wasteink.co.uk/service-re…
Cars, computers and printers are pampered, decorated and given some rest on the Hindu "Machine Worshiping Day" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ayu…
According to the EFF, it is likely that all major manufacturers of laser printers have entered secret agreements with governments to include some form of hidden tracking information on all printed pages that associates documents with the printer's serial number en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pri…
Today I learned of the Casio Loopy, a Japanese video game console marketed for girls in 1995. It featured a built-in thermal color printer that created stickers of game screenshots. racketboy.com/retro/casio…
Printers use CMYK ink (rather than RGB) because they produce color by subtracting wavelengths from white paper. Computer monitors do the exact opposite, hence why color profiles are needed for accurate printing. poeticmind.co.uk/research…
HP printer ink is seven times more expensive than Dom Perignon theregister.co.uk/2003/07…
The company that developed Ms. Pac-Man, now sells printers en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gen…
Chris Korda, a DJ, transgender programming prodigy who developed the software for the first colored printer, began a cult that promotes suicide and cannibalism, and is seen as a non-profit educational organization by the United States Government en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chr…
They have a solar-powered 3-D printer that prints glass from sand kurzweilai.net/solar-powe…
The Mad Magazine cover after 9/11 originally featured runners in the New York marathon with Alfred E Neuman jumping over a covered dead body. The magazine's printer called and asked the editors if they were sure this was the cover they wanted, and the cover was changed to Alfred's face madmagazine.com/blog/2011…
Razor Blade business model; "one good is sold at a discount, while the second dependent good is sold at a considerably higher price". Ex: Printer & Ink Cartridges, Razor & razor blades priceintelligently.com/bl…
Napolean Bonaparte's invasion of Egypt in 1798 is a large part why we know so much about Ancient Egypt. He brought a team of 160 scientists, astronomers, engineers, architects, artists, interpreters, and printers to record and document what he found. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Com…
3D printing gave a dog born without front paws the ability to run again through the creation of specially designed prosthetics, thanks to a foster caregiver that worked at a 3D printer manufacturer. washingtonpost.com/news/s…
Many printers print "tracking dots" on every page that tie every page printed back to the printer it came from. The EFF has tried to compile a listing of those they have been able to test. eff.org/pages/list-printe…
Wade Guyton, a living American post-conceptual artist, uses an Epson inkjet printer to print works he creates on his computer. His pieces sell regularly at auction and privately for more than $1 million. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wad…
The Game Boy Printer accessory existed. It was a mini thermal printer that let you print images from certain Game Boy games. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gam…
In 1631, two London bible printers accidentally left the word "not" out of the seventh commandment, which then read, "Thou shalt commit adultery." And you can buy a copy for a cool $90k greatsite.com/ancient-rar…
In 2013 a West African lab called Woelab created the world's first 3d printer made entirely of e-waste. motherboard.vice.com/en_u…
The Hulk was originally gray but since the printer couldn't print that color as well as green, Stan Lee settled on green. youtu.be/TtCyyLKXFec?t=2m…
A 1969 sci-fi novel accurately predicted the rise of China as America’s main global rival, the EU, foreign terrorist attacks in the U.S., mainstream acceptance of gay lifestyles and marijuana, satellite television, the TiVo, laser printers, and in-flight entertainment. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sta…
Today I learned of the Portuguese Banknote Crisis (1924) and the Unauthorized Bahrain 20 Dinar Banknote, both which were perpetrated by forging banknote orders with actual banknote printers. pjsymes.com.au/articles/B…
Napoleon Bonaparte recruited over 150 savants to go with him on his secret campaign to conquer Egypt. He took painters, engineers, architects, botanists, sculptors, historians, printers, astronomers, zoologists, polymaths, musicians and balloonists but he couldn't find a poet who would go. napoleon.lindahall.org/na…
As much as 60 percent of the ink contained in a typical inkjet cartridge is wasted, when printers ask users to throw away half-full cartridges, according to research commissioned by Epson pcworld.com/article/13296…
3D printers are starting to replace human clay sculptures in the toy industry youtube.com/watch?v=w5KRa…
Manufacturers of color laser printers entered a secret agreement with governments to ensure that the output of those printers is forensically traceable. eff.org/pages/list-printe…
Switzerland was almost plunged into civil war in 1579 because a printer forgot to include a bear's penis in a calendar en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Piz…
University departments hired professional typists to assist in the typing of theses and research before LaTeX and printers were easily accessible. mathoverflow.net/question…
"Ye olde" is pronounced "The old" (not "yee old"). "y" - pronounced "th" - was an English printer's abbreviation/substitution for the Runic alphabet's thorn (ΓΎ), a character also used in Medieval English. kenyonreview.org/2009/01/…
Iceland prisoners have it easy: every prisoner gets a single room similar to a dorm room, they can bring a TV, laptop, speakers, and printer to prison with them, and in low-security prisons, cell phone use is permitted from 8:00 AM to 11:00 PM. grapevine.is/Features/Rea…
A BBC News Anchor picked up a pack of printer paper instead of his iPad to go on air & just rolled with it youtube.com/watch?v=bubA4…
When it was first introduced the LaserWriter printer contained the most powerful processor in Apple's product line en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Las…

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