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When pixel prefixes become antiquated

I recently published something on my Empoprise-BI business blog that talked about pixel resolution in cameras. Back in 2003, you had to explain that “megapixel” stood for a million pixels (give or take). Today, we’re talking about “gigapixel” images (which are really a bunch of megapixel images stitched together).

After I wrote the post, I began wondering about those who figured that the term “gigapixel” – and the term “terapixel” – were obsolete.

It turns out that the obsolescence of terapixel has already occurred, if you read the About page for this online publication:

Established in May of 2009, PetaPixel is a leading blog covering the wonderful world of photography. Our goal is to inform, educate, and inspire in all things photography-related.

I’m sure that the PetaPixel people selected their name with care, figuring that it would last for a few years. But I doubt that they figured that it would last all that long.

Remember that names that seemingly will last forever often don’t. Take Wired Magazine. As I’ve noted, at the time that the magazine was founded, being “wired” was the ultimate in technological innovation. Nowadays, anyone who is actually connected to the online world via a wire is hopelessly out of date.

Maybe the bloggers should have named their publication SortaPixel.

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