On printers mysteriously failing...
I just saw the documentary The Light Bulb Conspiracy which dives into the concept of Planned Obsolescence, where companies try and control the market by making products fail in one way or the other, forcing you to by new products intead of, for instance, a new battery (ipod, famous example).
The documentary especially brings up printers that have built in page counters that keeps track of printouts and after a predefined number of pages turns the machine off (with or without some technical explanation).
As I've worked with circuit boards in electronic production plants I unfortunately have to admit that I'm not in the least surprised, even though I didn't knew the extent of it.
There was mention of a russian made program for resetting the page counter of some printer models but does anyone know of a Linux specific project for managing printers that take effects like this into account?