Xerox Star 8010 Interfaces, high quality polaroids (1981)

The following are scans of high quality polaroid photographs of the screen of the Xerox Star 8010 workstation on its launch in 1981. Some of these photographs show earlier icon development.

The roots of pervasive iconography.

And the kids collectively ask, "what’s a document?"

The Extinction Of Printers, The End Of Paper

Later this week, I’m going to a sporting event. The tickets were bought online. But they’re asking that I print out the ticket in order to get into the arena. I just checked my calendar. It’s 2014. When will this madness end?

If I had to guess, I’d say that 75% of the things I printed last year were tickets to sporting events and/or shows where a physical copy of the ticket was required. Why were they required? Who knows. We all carry these small devices perfectly capable of displaying an electronic ticket. 1 But some venues are seemingly nostalgic and reluctant to change.

But they’ll have to, of course. And so I wonder: how long until there is no more paper in this world?

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We’d compile and send to Bill the ‘Newsfax,’ a ten-page document with excerpts from what we thought were the day’s most important stories, op-eds, sound bites, and so on. We called it the Newsfax because it was easier to tell Bill we were faxing it to him than it was to explain that we were remotely printing it to his home printer.

Joe Muto, the brilliant Fox News mole describing Bill O’Reilly’s typical day at the channel. Yes, I linked to this yesterday, but I somehow forgot the above quote, which is the best part.

[thanks to @ZacheryTapp for reminding me]

Anonymous asked:

Do you still print things out? Do you own a printer? I ask because it's 2013 and I still can't believe how frustrating printer software and "drivers" still are. No improvement whatsoever in 10 years. Where's the company that does for printers what Dyson did for vacuum cleaners?

I actually ran into this problem today — being forced to print something out with no printer around. The solution is Kinkos, which is ridiculous. 

I do own a printer (that came bundled with an iMac I bought way back when) but it has been out of ink for months. To me the hassle to replace the ink just to use it once in the next six months outweighs the benefit. 

The solution is pretty obvious though: everything you need to print out now should be completely digital in the next couple of years. I already sign documents without printing them out, get movie tickets without printing them out, get boarding passes without printing them out, etc. We’re almost there. 

Now 3D printers on the other hand…

Quentin Hardy for The New York Times takes a look at HP’s tough road ahead:

Printer cartridges were once responsible for over 90 percent of H.P.’s profits, but they face increasing competition from lower-price suppliers. Consumers are also using their printers less because many of the things they used to print routinely, like maps and boarding passes, are on smartphones.

90 percent?! Think about HP’s entire catalog of products and how insane that is. Suddenly, HP sounds like the Middle Eastern empire that is scrambling to figure out other businesses for when the oil is gone.

I’m also reminded of this.