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Rich Hawley Page Icon Posted 2018-09-02 7:54 PM
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I was always glad that on the old desktops that those db25 connectors were kind of standardized… that is a female db25 was a parallel port and a male db25 was a serial port. That way you could reach blindly reach behind your desktop and tell which was which by "feel" rather than having to move everything and look.
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stingraze Page Icon Posted 2018-09-03 5:11 AM
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Yeah, I know the “feel” it and know thing.
It’s quite important when you’re operating mobile computers and desktops in the dark. It’s like knowing your weapon, I guess.
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stingraze Page Icon Posted 2018-09-04 12:42 PM
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I found this video quite good. Especially for me, who used serial / parallel ports, but that was before my teen years, I think.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4mi0kLLLAOs

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WinCE5Opera Page Icon Posted 2018-09-05 8:45 PM
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USE THE PARREL PORT FOR ALL UES!
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stingraze Page Icon Posted 2018-09-15 12:09 PM
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Is UES an acronym of some kind?
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Rich Hawley Page Icon Posted 2018-09-15 5:37 PM
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How about "use."
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Time to do some bit banging!
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Rich Hawley - 2018-09-16 2:37 AM

How about "use."

Yeah, that was what I thought first, but I was like hmm... maybe it was intentional.
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C:Amie - 2018-09-16 6:35 AM

Time to do some bit banging!

haha!
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stingraze Page Icon Posted 2018-09-15 11:26 PM
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ArchiMark - 2018-08-31 11:53 AM

Yes, and not to get too excited, but does the book refer to dot-matrix printers?


I never had a book that mention / refer to dot-matrix printers.
I know what it was used for, it was printing mission briefing papers back in the days. (Maybe even now)
I also know airline personnel used it to print out information about the passenger in the airplane.

My "virtual" experience with dot-matrix printer was in a US Navy '97 PC game I bought in USA just before 9-11.

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ArchiMark Page Icon Posted 2018-09-16 1:55 AM
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Dot-matrix was the only reasonably priced printers you could buy back in the early days.

There were no cheap inkjets then, as there were no inkjet printers yet.

Early laser printers were very, very expensive. Thousands of dollars. So, you usually only saw them in some businesses that could afford them.

So, everybody had dot-matrix printers.

When wanted documents to look good for the business I started in '89, I had to go to a Kinko's or similar place, bring my files on a disk (no flash drives then...), and rent the use of a Mac SE that could print to a laser printer (black & white of course...color came later...).

Fun times....





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I actually saw a huge laser printer in PA in 2001. It was astonishing to be able to print map very detailed.

I bought a laser printer for my business, from brother. Boy, things get printed so fast. Lightning speed.
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Rich Hawley Page Icon Posted 2018-09-16 4:37 PM
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Seems like a million years ago...but I remember my first Okidata Microline 82. I must have run a zillion cases of multi-layer fanfold through it. I remember it was a serial printer, and then later I added the parallel port adapter to it for different computers. But it was always my Brother typewriter with a parallel port that did my "letter quality" printing.

Slowest printer ever: Okimate 10 thermal printer. Pretty pictures, but it was so so so slow...

First color impact: C-Itoh with the 4 color ribbons.

First inkjet: HP Deskjet 500, only b&w

First color inket: Deskjet 550C I loved it

Now they are all use them and throw them away when you are done....
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Epson RX-80 roll fed dotmatrix on a BBC Micro. Still in the loft somewhere I believe!
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Rich Hawley - 2018-09-17 1:37 AM

Seems like a million years ago...but I remember my first Okidata Microline 82. I must have run a zillion cases of multi-layer fanfold through it. I remember it was a serial printer, and then later I added the parallel port adapter to it for different computers. But it was always my Brother typewriter with a parallel port that did my "letter quality" printing.

Slowest printer ever: Okimate 10 thermal printer. Pretty pictures, but it was so so so slow...

First color impact: C-Itoh with the 4 color ribbons.

First inkjet: HP Deskjet 500, only b&w

First color inket: Deskjet 550C I loved it

Now they are all use them and throw them away when you are done....


Very interesting.
Oki Denki and Oki Data are of the same group in Japan.
https://www.oki.com/jp/printing/about-us/outline/index.html

I think they are also famous for radio equipments.

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