[vcf-midatlantic] Greenbar print

Andrew Diller dillera at gmail.com
Sat Feb 27 23:16:36 UTC 2021

Connecting printers isn't the hard part. The hard part is getting the files from the Internet to the machine you managed to connect to the printer :)

Bill's idea of the Decwriter and using a serial printer (rather than parallel) was a great idea, of course I came up without my whole bag and so I had no USB-C -> USB-> Serial adapter in order to print from the Mac right to the DW. I'll test this out next week as it sounds like a good thing to be able to do in a pinch.


> On Feb 27, 2021, at 2:02 PM, Jeffrey Brace via vcf-midatlantic <vcf-midatlantic at lists.vcfed.org> wrote:
> On Sat, Feb 27, 2021 at 1:58 PM Dave McGuire via vcf-midatlantic <
> vcf-midatlantic at lists.vcfed.org> wrote:
>> On February 27, 2021 1:05:19 PM Jeffrey Brace via vcf-midatlantic <
>> vcf-midatlantic at lists.vcfed.org> wrote:
>>>> Maybe someone near the museum can look for the two DECwriter III's that
>>>> might still be around the warehouse, or some other wide carriage printer
>>>> there.  If you put a new ribbon on one of those and attach to an old pc
>>>> running word perfect paginated to 132 character lines you could at least
>>>> try to print this at infoage.  I bet there is some green bar in the
>>>> warehouse
>>> Unfortunately there isn't anyone near the museum who has the technical
>>> knowledge to do this. We certainly have the paper and the machines, but
>> not
>>> the technical knowledge to setup, troubleshoot and print it.
>>  Huh??  Jeff, I'm willing to bet that pretty much everyone here has been
>> connecting printers to computers for decades.  This is not hard!
> There are only a handful of people near InfoAge me (7 minutes away, Tony 17
> minutes away, Corey 35 minutes away). I can tell you that my knowledge of
> connecting greenbar printers is nil. Don't know about Tony or Corey. We
> don't know what kind of printers are in the warehouse. We don't know the
> condition of those printers. We don't know which computers that they hook
> up to. We don't know if those computers are working. So therefore there is
> little chance that we have the knowledge of someone close by, a good known
> and working printer and how to connect, etc.
> If this was next weekend, then we would have 10 to 15 people from 1 hour
> plus driving distance and *they* would certainly be able to figure out,
> troubleshoot, connect, etc.
> == Jeff
>>                  -Dave
>> --
>> Dave McGuire, AK4HZ
>> New Kensington, PA

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