My printer has reached the age where it’s pretty much pointless to walk into the average store with computers and hope to find the ink it needs. I went to Best Buy today looking for ink, and came out with two new CDs instead. Fortunately, I was able to go online and buy it, and at a substantial discount. Not from Best Buy; they didn’t have it online, either.
I’ve been out of color ink for weeks. I obviously don’t print a lot, but sometimes it’s nice to be able to. I think many of us computeristas have gotten to the point where we just don’t print much anymore. It would’ve been unthinkable to me ten years ago that I wouldn’t need to print frequently. Most of the printing I do now is documents related to my job or benefits, and so I print there in very modest quantities.
If you don’t print, it makes moving to tablets more tenable, I guess. Right now I couldn’t conceive of relying on a tablet for all my computer needs as some people seem to do now. I still need to type a lot, and to me that still requires a real keyboard (as I know from my attempts to Tweet and send short emails from my Nook). But if I can get away from needing a printer regularly, maybe other changes are in store too. Not yet, though.
P.S.: The CDs I bought were two new releases, Hesitation Marks by Nine Inch Nails and Reflektor by Arcade Fire. I haven’t unwrapped them yet, but I’m looking forward to hearing them, though maybe not back-to-back.