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