So pardon me a moment for ranting but I want to get it off my chest. I sent my Dad the link to this video because way back in the day, whenever he turned on his dot matrix printer, he'd make a joke about it sounding like the start of I've Got the Power by Snap. You know, music from a stepper motor.Floppotron 3.0
I also wrote one more sentence that went "But not to worry, consider me having learned a valuable lesson about trying to share things with you that I find interesting and entertaining." But I deleted it before sending.I suppose it depends on your definition of useful.
Does everything have to cure cancer to be enjoyable? Does every hobby, pastime, or form of entertainment have to address some societal ill to be worthwhile of praise? Or failing that, does it have to be some form of high art that 75% of people who observe it fail to understand the point? Or can it just be something that brings a couple minutes of joy into this wadded kleenex of a world as it circles down the toilet bowl?
Does it need to be commercially viable to be "useful?" Youtube videos generally make $3-$5 per 1000 views in ad revenue. That video has been watched 843,000 times as of a minute ago, which translates to roughly $2500-$4200. I've been watching that channel for over ten years, and while the last couple years he's only put out 8 or so videos per year, in 2019 he put out 33, all getting between 100k and 800k views (most in the neighborhood of 300k). So roughly $1,000-$1500 a video for the old Floppotron 2.0, pulling in well over $30k-$45k that year... which is pretty not shabby for simple videos of a hobby.
Something can just be neat, and time spent making someone happy, even if it is just yourself, is never wasted. And this is definitely the kind of fun nonsense a software engineer (which is Pavel's day job, unsurprisingly) would do to entertain himself.
And hey, if nothing else, it's keeping a few dozen floppy drives, hard disks, and scanners from cluttering up already-overflowing landfills.
That felt a bit like the scene in RoboCop (and RoboCop 2).While initially debuting in early 2019, the Color Splash never made it to mass production, despite displaying adaptive wall scanning, a new innovative paint application technique, high capacity reservoir, and incredible artistic talent.