I was fiddling around with my computer yesterday, moving this and that around it. I must have nudged something---I have no idea what---because my printer started spitting out pages of what seemed like gobbledygook.
Only, on closer examination, it wasn't. It said "Counters Report," and, I realized, was a tally of everything I've ever printed. I don't pretend to understand it, but, nears as I can read, since I got this printer (closing on five years ago), I've printed:
10197 normal print mode pages
12107 pc print pages
9655 total print mech jobs
794 scan jobs started
340 copy pages
(1) I'm a little alarmed, because I had no idea my printer was even keeping track of what I was doing.
(2) I'm a little paranoid, because this information might in some way some day be used against me.
(3) My gadgets know more than they let on.
Therefore (conclusion): you should be warned about what your stuff could do if prompted.
you didnt know that your printer followed everything you did? every printer since 2000 does that.
but Ill forgive you this one lapse of judgement.
jk. every gadget these days has a flash memory, and if they are connected to a computer, then the computer will store that information somewhere (if I knew, no one could stop me.) and lets you access it later.
"Moving around" included an old computer, an old battery backup, a new battery backup, and all the papers and other crap piled up on top of all of them. My office is the second-most cluttered room in my house, after the spare bedroom / so-called "library."
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Nary a clue. Windows (whatever version) is a big mystery to me...occasionally I stumble across something interesting, but the rest of it? (big shrug.)
I had thought I hit something on my printer, but I can't duplicate it on a casual try, or find anything on the menus. I found something called a "self test report," which produces assorted colors and test patterns. But that's not it...
And when I yell "It's the rise of the machines!" People look at me like I'm crazy, but it's true, these things have begun to think for themselves.
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