Reminds me of happy days at Poly heartily screaming "it's next to the computer" when the Mac (plus? SE? not sure) would gleefully say "searching for printer"
Xerox will issue an email address to any Extensible Interface Platform print, enabling printing by email without requiring drivers or even a local connection to the printer. Printing by email was introduced by HP in June, but is still limited to three models of printer and (by default) relies on secret email addresses to …
we've got xerox printers in our office that have had support for printing via email since we got them - in 2007. They require no connection to the printer either, it just checks an email address regularly for print jobs.
seems to be a bit of a flaw with the article ?
also, there is no problem with spam, as you can set a password and limit it to certain users using it.
Amdahl had a largish facility just off Central Expressway in Sunnyvale (Cupertino?) ... Virtually every mainframe print-job generated within the company, world-wide, was printed at said facility, and then next-dayed to whatever office had requested the print job. They had several 10,000ppm printers, and a fleet of trucks delivering & sending out paper. Was awesome to watch in full-swing.
However ... it sounded daft then, and still sounds daft now.
I'll bet a nickle that whatever brass think this is a good idea also thinks that printing hard-copies of their email is not only a good idea, but the only way to read email ...
Looks like I can dust off my old 486 / Windows for Workgroups 3.11 laptop, do a bit of word processing, and email it (using webmail on Netscape or a 3.1 mail client) to my printer without having to rely on HPs huge 150mb CD based driver install that takes longer to install than an operating system, installs their propreitary crap, and only supports XP, Vista and OSX.
Type it up in Word 6 and email using any email client. Fantastic! :)