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This little printer also has a programmable character set and I taught it to reproduce the variant of the runic alphabet I was playing with at the time. Geek.
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Wow! I remember using one of those (and also the IBM printer, which was a rebadged EPSON with some important codes disabled!)
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The reason I thought it worth putting fingers to keyboard is that this discussion brought back memories. In an office I worked in, back in the days of DOS 2. something, pre-networking and featuring the joys of dial up modems and dot matrix printers, along with our colour dot matrix printers, we had an IBM pro-printer, the loudest dot matrix printer I have ever heard, the noise of clanking mechanisms from the cut-sheet paper feeder was epic This was pre-Windows era, so we had the luxury of Wordstar for our Word processor. I discovered that if you switched on kerning, the printer printed each letter separately so for every line of text the rattling of the head moving to print a letter, then immediately reversing, moving back and taking a run at the next character was ludicrous. I used to get a lot of childish enjoyment by typing up a report, getting it right, before adding the code to turn kerning on, saving the file and sending it to HQ via dial up. Where they would load it and start to print only to have their printer almost shake itself to pieces as it spaced each character out.
I would love to get my hands on one of those old proprinters now!
Has anyone tried to print to an old printer these days? using PCL5 or whatever it is called these days? I think I managed to install a line printer type device from the standard Windows printer options that worked with my inkless Canon, nope, it's an HP inkjet "portable" I think.