You probably didn't have a Diablo....  or Nec Spinwriter
Från: M100 [] för Kevin Becker 
Skickat: den 9 februari 2018 20:16
Ämne: Re: [M100] Printers

I was really happy to see that it could emulate a dot matrix.  Somehow BASIC 
printouts don't feel right in 300dpi Courier.

On Fri, Feb 9, 2018 at 12:20 PM, Russell Flowers 
<<>> wrote:
"Look honey, I made my new printer a 30 year old printer!"

Seriously, that does sound fun. :)

On Fri, Feb 9, 2018 at 6:10 AM, Ron Lauzon 
<<>> wrote:
Well, you could connect one to the M100 via the serial port.

I've worked with these types of printers professionally (mostly the
Paxar/Monarch/Avery and Zebra).  Most of the newer ones are WiFi, but
all still have some sort of serial connector.

The problem with using these types of printers is that they are
designed to be used as label printers.  So you just can't treat them
as a tty, dump some text to the printer and have it print.  You have
to send them special commands to define a label, define text fields,
etc. then print the label.

Also, most of those kinds of printers use thermal paper - which is
more expensive (and kinda toxic).

At my old company, they were getting rid of the old serial-only
printers, so I picked one up and tried it out on my PC.  It had very
limited usefulness.

On Fri, Feb 9, 2018 at 4:59 AM, James Zeun 
<<>> wrote:
> Would it be possible to use say one of those cheap compact thermal printers?
> The ones with the two or three inch paper rolls?
> On 9 Feb 2018 4:14 a.m., "John R. Hogerhuis" 
> <<>> wrote:
>> True story, after helping Ken test his implementation of the epson
>> emulation I had lots of fun feeding the output through imagemagick to add
>> enough distortion to make it look like even more like the real thing.
>> — John.

Ron Lauzon - rlauzon at acm dot org

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