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September 11, 2004 / kaigani

Ghost in the Banknote

I had this idea to help me with my personal budget. I’m going to print tokens representing £10 and £20 values, and then keep that in a card file.

Whenever I want to spend £20 on groceries, I’ll move that token into the “spent” folder and I’ll go get £20 from the ATM. (I think this was Jimmie’s idea, actually)

So… I decided to make my tokens using greyscale versions of the actual £10 and £20 notes. My inkjet printer had other plans.

Apparently there is something encoded in currency that alarms printers, and they stop printing your images replacing them with the text URL — www.rulesforuse.org

It’s not like anyone would be fooled into thinking a greyscale inkjet note at 60% its original size was the actual currency… but hey — that’s big brother for you.

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