Mail my printer - I'm busy!
HP goes all Print 2.0
Take a picture on your phone, email it to your printer and Hey Presto!, it's waiting for you when go home.
This is what HP has in mind with its launch today a bunch of printers that all come with their very own email addresses.
The company has already spilled the guts of the announcement to The NY Times' Ashlee Vance (once of this parish). From him we learn:
- The "printers for the iPhone age" cost between $100-$400
- You can print out pictures on other people's printers, using the printer's email addresses [Does this mean the end of printer drivers? Please say yes.]
- 40 partners are already lined up for a web printer app store
- HP expects to sell 15 mil-plus web-enabled printers next year
- Google is onboard for some Google docs and apps tie-in
Cue loads of spam using up all your paper and inks? Not surprised an ink manufacturer thinks this is a great idea!
Every spammers dream
It's like getting SPAM faxes, but whithout all the hassle of having to actually fax the spam.
And try explaining to your kids what all the graphic information for male extensions is doing on the family printer.
Would there be some sort of whitelist attached to this?
Otherwise what's to stop some nasty spammers getting hold of my printer's email address, so I come home to find a rainforest's worth of viagra adverts waiting for me?
I wouldn't be happy if my elderly Auntie Flora was playing a nice game of Solitaire on my PC and a graphic penis enlargement ad suddenly appeared. She might be, mind you.
great, now i get printouts of the watches and mortgate spam and no-ink when I actually want to print something out!
yeah because you know what's GREAT?
the fax machine! Boy I wish there was a modern alternative so that I could receive spam in full colour. Christ, all it needs now is a way to receive teletext and a Morse telegraph terminal on the side and it'll just be 2 carrier pigeons short of the perfect communications device.