[vcf-midatlantic] OT: Re: Is it just me or.....

Joseph Oprysko joprysko1 at gmail.com
Fri Mar 2 12:18:39 EST 2018


Sorry about that, I got too involved in the writing of the post to remember
to mark it OT. My bad.

On Fri, Mar 2, 2018 at 12:17 PM Evan Koblentz <evan at vcfed.org> wrote:

> Thread needed OT: subject line prefix.
>
> On Mar 2, 2018 12:12 PM, "Joseph Oprysko via vcf-midatlantic" <
> vcf-midatlantic at lists.vintagecomputerfederation.org> wrote:
>
> The quest for technology appears cyclic. All technologies go through their
> growing pains. Right now, one of the potentially disruptive consumer
> technologies is rapid prototyping, more commonly referred to as 3D printing
> m. 3D Printing in various forms has been a technology used by corporations
> and in engineering firms for years. The roots of which date back to the
> early 1980’s.
>
> I see the current environment around 3D printing in a consumer aspect
> appears to closely mimic the growth of the personal computer industry in
> the 70’s and 80’s.
>
> One difference I see is that in the late 70’s and early 80’s, the Open
> Source movement was also in its infancy, while now, a large share of the
> hardware and firmware involved in the current growth of 3D Printers embrace
> open source initiatives.
>
> But in contrast, many of the closed source 3D printer manufacturers often
> appear to have a more consumer friendly product. So this I suppose from a
> very high level is a good “test” of the open source ideology.
>
> Just as many early Linux users and developers thought that the majority of
> PC’s would be running open source software. (I’m intentionally separating
> the Personal Computers from mobile devices and infrastructure) While there
> are a good number of users of open source operating systems, it’s a highly
> splintered group, with many of the operating systems based on various major
> distributions of the software and operating system.
>
> The open source initiatives have forced the hands a lot of major players in
> various industries to embrace, or at least utilize openness in parts of
> their products, sometimes it may be a front end UI, sometimes the firmware
> or other components. Often there will be a mix of proprietary systems and
> open source systems to create a device.
>
> So, where will the 3D printing industry end up?
>
> What is your opinion on this?
>
>
> --
> Normal Person: Hey, it seems that you know a lot.
> Geek: To be honest, it's due to all the surfing I do.
> Normal Person: So you go surfing?
> Normal Person: But I don't think that has anything to do with knowing a
> lot...
> Geek: I think that's wrong on a fundamental level.
> Normal Person: Huh? Huh? What?
>
> --
Normal Person: Hey, it seems that you know a lot.
Geek: To be honest, it's due to all the surfing I do.
Normal Person: So you go surfing?
Normal Person: But I don't think that has anything to do with knowing a
lot...
Geek: I think that's wrong on a fundamental level.
Normal Person: Huh? Huh? What?



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