[vcf-midatlantic] NeXT printer emulator/bridge

Jonathan Gevaryahu jgevaryahu at gmail.com
Sun Jun 17 23:35:43 EDT 2018

I'm guessing it would take an FPGA plus probably an ARM cpu of some 
sort. Might be doable as a Raspberry Pi daughterboard, or as a 
Beaglebone black cape.

On 6/17/2018 9:53 PM, Dave McGuire via vcf-midatlantic wrote:
>    That would be great, but it would take some pretty fast logic.  Why
> not just set up a network printer?  It's BSD UNIX, after all, at least
> on the outside.
>             -Dave
> On 06/17/2018 09:47 PM, Jonathan Gevaryahu via vcf-midatlantic wrote:
>> It might also be possible to make a 'next printer emulator' which
>> pretends to be a Canon SX engine and rasterizes the output into an image
>> file on an SD card... or just acts as a 'bouncer' and automatically
>> forwards the rasterized page image as a bitmap to another printer via
>> lpr over the network.
>> On 6/17/2018 8:12 PM, Bill Degnan via vcf-midatlantic wrote:
>>>>     A plausible term of convenience might be "something superficially
>>>> similar to an LJ II"... but simply "LJ II" is not.  The NeXT printer
>>>> doesn't even look like an LJ II, so even that is a stretch.  We are
>>>> technical people living in a world of terminological imprecision,
>>>> linguistic laziness, and a disgusting excess of "convenience".  I am a
>>>> member of the last generation of people to have used NeXT computers when
>>>> they were current products.  Like it or not, we are the custodians of
>>>> this knowledge.
>>>>     Bill did not know offhand, and that's fine.  We all learn from each
>>>> other here.  In this case, someone (me) did know, and came forth with
>>>> specific information.
>>>>     Technical accuracy in the forum archives of subject matter experts
>>>> should never fall victim to "convenience".
>>> Anyhoo ... I have two such printers, I shall take some time to hook
>>> them up
>>> to a willing NeXT to see how well they work.
>>> Bill

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