Whether you are printing out documents or photos of Justin Bieber (we hope it’s the former) have you ever actually wondered when the very first printer was invented? Well, wonder no more as we take you on a whistle-stop tour of the history of the computer printer!

Way back in 1953 the very first computer printer was born, developed by Remington-Rand for use solely with the Univac computer. Some years later, in 1957, IBM invented the first dot matrix printer that printed by impact, similar to a typewriter. The 1970 Daisy Wheel printer used similar technology to print, using a hammer to strike a wheel with characters on each ‘petal’.

In 1938 Chester Carlson invented a type of dry printing press initially called electrophotography that was later renamed xerography. This invention became the basis for the technology we now know as the laser printer. In 1975 we were given the IBM 3800, the very first laser printer that allowed users to print text and graphics onto paper. Thanks to its laser beam technology the laser printer produced incredibly high quality copies that made it a popular choice.

1976 marked the invention of the inkjet printer – by propelling droplets of ink the inkjet printer creates digital images and is still, to this day, the most popular type of printer. Although it was invented in 1976 the inkjet printer was not marketed until 1988, although it came at a whopping price of $1000!!

2012 saw the invention of the 3D chocolate printer which, controlled via computer instructions, allows users to create their very own 3D treat!

Modern day computer Dell printers now offer a plethora of functions including scanning and copying capabilities and have truly become multifunctional machines. Thanks to developments in technology manufacturers were also able to offer printers at extremely reasonable prices. With development continuing, who knows, in a few more years our computer printers might even be able to offer us a cup of coffee with our copy.

IBM and Oracle are going to work more closely together on Java, starting with IBM joining the OpenJDK project. Open JDK is a free and open source implementation of the Java programming language. It is the result of an effort Sun Microsystems began in 2006.

IBM engineers will soon be working directly alongside Oracle engineers, as well as many other contributors, on the Java SE Platform reference implementation, starting with JDK 7.

As Chief Architect Mark Reinhold commented that it is a big step towards the model he envisioned as perfection having multiple organizations cooperating on the platform in a common code base. Good news, indeed.

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