I must say that I was quite excited when I first heard HP talking about printers having an email address. For one thing, you wont have to worry about the right drivers for the right printer being installed in every machine that you just want to get a quick printout from. On top of that, it would allow you to send a print request from any part of the world and get a printout. It definitely got the geek in me excited.
But then I thought a bit more about it and now, I don’t really think it’s that great of an idea.
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Re: Does my printer really need an email address? by Anonymous on Sunday, November 14 2010 @ 14:39:24 CET
Horrible idea. Nice if I can print to my home printer from anywhere, but horrible because of the risks that anyone can and the cost if they do.
Risks outweigh the benefits by a huge amount. Not something I want or most folks will want in their printer. Imagine paying for ink that arises from spam. Or a hacker prints 500 pages on you while you are away. Yeah, not much fun.