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We all know about the concept of miniaturization; the process by which technology gets smaller (and faster) with every passing year. There would be no point in talking about how computers use to be the size of a building and now fit in your pocket. Instead, I'm going to lay out a simple yet fantastic example of how miniaturization affects normal people in real-life businesses. Miniaturization is not simply a matter of convenience or gadgetry. It has extremely powerful implications for normal, everyday people who want to start a business. Down the street from my house is a small business, run out of a tiny commercial space, that sells cupcakes. It's run by two little old ladies who can barely move, much less operate a computer. Their cupcakes are super fantastic (they're the stuffed kind) so on days I'm being a bad boy and cheating on my regular eating regimen, I sneak over there for some cupcake goodness. The first time I visited their business I was surprised to see they had:
- No computers
- No cash register
- No point of sale system
- No receipt printers (or any other printers for that matter)
This article was originally published on March 3, 2015