Despite the rapid spread of digital cameras and mobile phones that take pictures, we still want to hold a paper print and show it to our friends and families.
You can buy a printer that can produce reasonable photos for a few hundred dollars.
But you can also send your digital images to an online company that will print them out much better and send them in the post the next day, for a few pennies.
This kind of development (pun not intended) is coming to a world wide web near you in all sorts of ways.
Microsoft has reacted by launching Windows Live, a test site that plans to integrate the things we do on our personal computers with the web.
Microsoft knows that in the future a lot of the software packages they have turned into big profits will be accessible online instead of loaded on our hard drives.
Already there is an online word processor in beta testing that offers a lot of the features of packages that come in a box.
That's software. But the photo story tells us that hardware sales could be affected too.
Why would you want a fax that keeps jamming when you can get a virtual fax machine online?
(I'm not going to link to any of those, because a search engine will show you how many there are.)
Or what about a video recorder? No tape jams or disc failures online.
I'm already planning to replace the TiVo hard disc recorder we've had for a few years with a PC with a big hard drive to record the TV programmes we want to watch (or more accurately the Australian soap operas my daughter watches).
But maybe I should wait until there is an online video recording service that I can programme and download online.
Or wait until every programme is available for download on demand.
If this trend continues, this might not be the time to invest in companies making hardware peripherals.