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Several decades have passed since the events of this story. Now have great libre software that makes life easier for everyone like compiler, Linux, debuggers etc. Which changed the world forever. What has changed in printers during this time? Absolutely nothing. They still have the same problems as at the beginning. You may be tempted to say that not only do they still have them, but the defective list is still growing.

What is proprietary?

The term "proprietary" generally refers to something that is owned by an individual or company and is protected by intellectual property laws such as patents, trademarks, or copyrights. In the context of software, proprietary software refers to software that is owned and controlled by a company or individual, and is not made freely available for use or modification by the public. Proprietary software is typically closed source, meaning that the source code is not available for users to view or modify, and users are required to agree to a license agreement before using the software. Proprietary software may be distributed for a fee, and the license agreement may include restrictions on how the software can be used, modified, or distributed.

Proprietary software, also known as closed-source software, is software that is owned by a company or individual and whose source code is not available to the general public. This means that users of proprietary software do not have the right to modify or distribute the software's code, and typically can only use the software as provided by the owner.

Proprietary software is typically developed by companies as a way to protect their intellectual property and maintain control over the software and its distribution. In contrast, open source software is developed collaboratively by a community of developers who share the source code and allow users to modify and distribute the software freely.

Examples of proprietary software include Microsoft Windows, Adobe Photoshop, and many commercial video games. In many cases, proprietary software is offered for a fee, either as a one-time purchase or through a subscription model, and the software may come with restrictions on how it can be used, such as limits on the number of computers it can be installed on or the number of users who can access it.

What are the issues with proprietary?

There are several issues associated with proprietary:

  1. Lack of transparency: Because the source code is not available to the public, users cannot see how the software works or what it does behind the scenes. This can create concerns about the security and privacy of the software, as well as make it difficult to troubleshoot problems.
  2. Dependence on the vendor: Proprietary software is often controlled by a single vendor, which means that users are dependent on that vendor for updates, bug fixes, and new features. If the vendor goes out of business, discontinues support for the software, or decides to change the terms of its license agreement, users may be left without access to critical software.
  3. Limited flexibility: Proprietary software is typically designed to work in a specific way, and users are often restricted in how they can customize or modify the software to suit their needs. This can limit the usefulness of the software and make it difficult to adapt to changing business or technological requirements.
  4. Cost: Proprietary software is often expensive, with users required to pay a fee to use the software or to purchase updates or new versions. This can be a significant barrier for individuals and small businesses, who may not be able to afford the costs associated with proprietary software.
  5. Lack of innovation: Proprietary software is often developed in a closed environment, with limited input from external developers and users. This can lead to a lack of innovation and slower progress in the development of new features and functionality.

Razor and blade model

Give printer, sell inks.

  1. It's most expensive liquid in the world, right behind, insulin or mercury.[1] Official narration is ink is expensive because ink technology is expensive [2] Despite HP spending $1 billion annually on ink research and development, though, he argues that very little is actually improving. In actually, the cost of production is very low[3], which is why a lot is earned on it, which is why blocking other toner suppliers is so important for manufacturers.
  2. The ink cartridge chip telling the printer to stop working as soon as one color has run out (even if the other colors are still full). HP it lost to 3 class action lawsuits in 2010.[HP 1]
  3. Printers using the color cyan even when printing in just black and white. Official narration says about "purer black"[4]. HP also lost the lawsuit for this reason.[HP 1].
  4. The ink cartridge chip sending false low ink notifications to your printer. Official narration is "monitor of the quality of the ink, The chip lets you know when your printer is running low on a particular color and can facilitate firmware updates to improve performance".[HP 1].[5][6]
  5. Blocking customers from refilling cartridges with their own ink or making their own repairs. [7] In September 2018, HP lost a class action lawsuit where plaintiffs claim HP printer firmware updates caused fake error messages upon using third party ink cartridges. HP settled the case with $1.5 million.[8] In 2018, Epson was filed a class action complaint for printer firmware updates that prevent printer operation upon detection of third party cartridge[9]
  6. The volume of ink in printer cartridges has also shrunk over time[10]
  7. The inability to refill an ink cartridge in a printer.[11]

Defective by design

  1. The printer with an integrated stapler, doesn't allow use stapler if you don't use special paper [12]
  2. Planned obsolescence - In 2017, Halte Obsolescence Programme (HOP) - End Planned Obsolescence - filed a lawsuit and won against Brother, Canon, Epson, HP and other companies for intentionally shortening product lifespans - inkjet printers and ink cartridges included. The companies were fined $10,000.[13][14]
  3. Unreliable wireless
  4. Drivers issues
  5. Poor user interface
  6. Canon sued for disabling scanner when printers run out of ink[15]
  7. In the old days of printers, they **printed** the troubleshoot manual [16]


  1. Each modification internal components cause will void your warranty

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