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[#] Tue Jun 29 2010 23:52:35 EDT from the8088er @ Uncensored

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What did I just do?

Somebody tried to give me, earlier today, the physically largest laser printer I think I can fit in the back of my SUV without cutting either the car or the printer, and for some reason I took the thing.

It was after I singlehandededly moved it into my room that I looked up the specs on the HP website. It's only 122 lbs. 32 ppm, duplexing, monochrome. 150k page per month duty cycle. 20k pages per toner cartridge, and mine is 80% full.

Not a bad acquisition for someone who runs through reams of paper like water.

My excitement in this acquisition was quickly crushed when I attempted to connect the said device to my FreeBSD workstation and set it up under CUPS. It turns out the device uses an HP proprietary parallel connector. I'm not sure why; they had enough space on the back of this thing to put about 50 normal parallel ports and a coffee maker. The "HP" connector is about 7/8" wide, and has a latching attachment. Looks kind of like a regular Centronics cable that's shrunk down.

Hitting eBay for one, I couldn't even find one for sale. Presumably I don't know what to search for. I'm sure this cable has an actual name.

The printer is a LaserJet 8150N. "Oh it's an N. It has networking! No need for parallel!" I think quietly to myself. Nope. Someone's robbed the JetDirect card.

It may be a totally moot point anyway since I did order a JetDirect for it, but does anyone know the name of the cable or happen to have one laying around?

[#] Wed Jun 30 2010 05:48:09 EDT from dothebart @ Uncensored

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sounds like you could now print enough to totaly change the look of your rooms once a week...



[#] Wed Jun 30 2010 11:09:36 EDT from Spell Binder @ Uncensored

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the8088er: Re: HP 8150 N printer.

I pulled up the user-guide on HP's web site and it says the interface conforms to IEEE-1284. The guide lists the following cables:

3 meter, part # C2946A
10 meter, part # C2947A

Here's the URL if you'd like to download it:

http://bizsupport1.austin.hp.com/bc/docs/support/SupportManual/bpl08658/bpl086 58.pdf

And the info about the cables is on page 48.
HP Binder

[#] Wed Jun 30 2010 11:25:17 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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The smaller connector is called a "mini centronics" aka IEEE-1284C. HP used it for a little while before USB became the dominant interface for local peripherals.

I would agree that the JetDirect card is a better option. Ethernet uber alles.

[#] Fri Jul 02 2010 13:35:48 EDT from Ford II @ Uncensored

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ethernet is obviously a better choice for any connectivity because then anything can become world-direct addressble (come ipv6 yada yada)
So why is usb so proliferate.
If everything ran on ethernet, and then wifi chips got cheap, installing something would be as simple as getting it within range of your wireless router...

[#] Fri Jul 02 2010 17:08:24 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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That's pretty much exactly what the whole zeroconf/rendezvous thing is all about. It's a good idea and everything ought to use it.

Some implementations are better than others. When we got our color laser printer, Mac OS X required a bizarre series of incantations and driver installs, but Ubuntu just said "hey, I see this HP printer on your network, I know what model it is and what driver it uses, do you want me to set it up for you?" and we were printing in about 30 seconds.

[#] Sun Jul 04 2010 16:46:04 EDT from the8088er @ Uncensored

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Okay, got a JetDirect card from an IRC friend, $20 shipped.

Works great.

Thank you guys for helping me track down the proper cable. I will save that info for future reference :)

[#] Sun Jul 04 2010 19:02:55 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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I've still got an old-skool Ethernet-to-parallel (three parallel ports, actually) JetDirect. Works fine, but I'll probably never be able to upgrade it to support IPv6.

[#] Fri Jul 09 2010 05:44:14 EDT from dothebart @ Uncensored

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little known facts about the blink tag:

http://www.montulli.org/theoriginofthe%3Cblink%3Etag



[#] Sat Jul 10 2010 00:07:49 EDT from TheOneLaw @ Uncensored

Subject: Thanks for the reminder

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This could be awesome , I am sure that using this will be a blast - completely unforgiveable , of course

Fri Jul 09 2010 05:44:14 EDT from dothebart @ Uncensored

little known facts about the blink tag:

http://www.montulli.org/theoriginofthe%3Cblink%3Etag



 

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[#] Sat Jul 10 2010 00:09:38 EDT from TheOneLaw @ Uncensored

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<blink> Shucks, doesn't work anymore...</blink>

Sat Jul 10 2010 00:07:49 EDT from TheOneLaw @ Uncensored Subject: Thanks for the reminder

This could be awesome , I am sure that using this will be a blast - completely unforgiveable , of course

Fri Jul 09 2010 05:44:14 EDT from dothebart @ Uncensored

little known facts about the blink tag:

http://www.montulli.org/theoriginofthe%3Cblink%3Etag



 

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TheOneLaw



 

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[#] Sat Jul 10 2010 00:20:39 EDT from TheOneLaw @ Uncensored

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<blink> I had so much fun </blink> with this <blink>

way back </blink> when <blink> the net first </blink> showed up

<blink>but</blink> had <blink>forgotten</blink> all about it

after <blink>participating</blink> in <blink>far too many</blink> uber-professional

discourses wherein the </blink>recurring urge</blink> to accentuate things

<blink>in the absence OF INTENTIONALLY USING ALL-CAPS! WITH #PR0FUS3 PUNCTUAT!ON</blink>

to annoy people was buried.

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TheOneLaw



[#] Sat Jul 10 2010 00:25:54 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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Might as well be creative and implement a new replacement for the <blink> tag using JavaScript.

[#] Sun Jul 11 2010 02:04:03 EDT from Animal @ Uncensored

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Needs annoying backgrounds, unmuteable music, and more <marquee> tags.

[#] Sun Jul 11 2010 08:17:26 EDT from dothebart @ Uncensored

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whut?

So Jul 11 2010 02:04:03 EDT von Animal @ Uncensored
Needs annoying backgrounds, unmuteable music, and more <marquee> tags.

 



[#] Sun Jul 11 2010 16:40:56 EDT from Animal @ Uncensored

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[#] Sun Jul 11 2010 17:19:25 EDT from fleeb @ Uncensored

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I don't remember the flying cakes before.



[#] Sun Jul 18 2010 22:12:43 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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Ah yes, the <marquee> tag ... designed when the Internet Exploder team decided they had to one-up Netscape and build something even *more* obnoxious than the <blink> tag.

[#] Mon Aug 02 2010 14:03:07 EDT from saltine @ Uncensored

Subject: outsourced modem pipes?

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Anyone know of a dialup modem service that just opens a tcpip socket to an IP address when it connects?

 



[#] Mon Aug 02 2010 15:12:18 EDT from fleeb @ Uncensored

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Wait... and convert the modem traffic to TCP/IP as a result?

Isn't that the old ppp or somesuch?  You could create something that does this with off-the-shelf stuff.

Or, you could just buy into AOL, if they're still around.



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