About a week and a half ago, I cited some ostensible tech writer’s seeming amazement that there was still a market for dot-matrix printers. Brian J., having found that piece to be overly sneer-y, points out:
Mostly, it’s about the author of the piece ticking off items that he does not use any more. Hence, they are obsolete to him… Vinyl records, cassettes, televisions, fax machines, the whole lot of them still fulfill a function and still work, so yes, people will still use them.
He’s seen this attitude before:
It’s easy to have the disposable attitude, I reckon, if you’re young and have not accumulated a number of things that work (which might never happen to today’s young, I reckon… It’s a new mindset, one that most people outside the tech industry don’t share.
And given the possibility that folks inside the tech industry might be getting this stuff for free, or nearly so greasing the palms of scribes goes back about as long as there have been scribes with palms you, or at least I, have to wonder if they’d be so cavalier about hardware had they actually had to pay for it.