Xerox

n. – A duplicator (trade mark Xerox) that copies graphic matter by the action of light.

Xerox machine

The Xerox 914 was the first one-piece plain paper photocopier, and sold in the millions.

This is another post that is going to show my age.

The Xerox machine, or generically speaking,  copy machine, was a major technological breakthrough in my youth. I used this technology every day for more than thirty years as a writer, a genealogist and a librarian.  My file cabinets are full of reams of paper copies to prove it.

Xerox was a miracle to those of us who had struggled and cussed with multiple sheets of carbon paper in our typewriters.  It was a blessing to every church secretary and classroom teacher who no longer had to spend hours laboriously inking and hand cranking a mimeograph machine to turn out fuzzy blue newsletters and worksheets.

That miracle new technology of the sixties is now  old-fashioned, and politically incorrect.  Why make a copy of a short story to send and another to file, when I can save it in a searchable file, share it through email, or publish it for all the world to read without using any ink, or paper, or precious space in my office?

Don’t worry about the Xerox Company going out of business. They also invented a technology called Ethernet.

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10 Responses to Xerox

  1. Xerox also started the trend of X-filled product names (Xanax, Xenical and the like). Through their persistence we all somehow figured out how to pronounce them.

  2. Xerox also started the trend of X-filled product names (Xanax, Xenical and the like). Through their persistence we all somehow figured out how to pronounce them.

    • I hadn’t thought of that, but it sure is true. Even though they are hard to pronounce, I like made up product names better than having great words hijacked by companies: Joy, Tide, Ivory, Secret, Downy, Dawn, etc.

  3. Xerox also started the trend of X-filled product names (Xanax, Xenical and the like). Through their persistence we all somehow figured out how to pronounce them.

  4. chancelet says:

    Funny! I must be old too, ’cause I did a short flash fiction piece about Xerox. 🙂 And yes, they did make life soooo much easier! Writer’s Mark

  5. chancelet says:

    Funny! I must be old too, ’cause I did a short flash fiction piece about Xerox. 🙂 And yes, they did make life soooo much easier! Writer’s Mark

  6. chancelet says:

    Funny! I must be old too, ’cause I did a short flash fiction piece about Xerox. 🙂 And yes, they did make life soooo much easier! Writer’s Mark

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