- From: real-address-in-sig@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx (Rowland McDonnell)
- Date: Sun, 13 Jan 2008 22:22:48 +0000
Isla <thistle123@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
Printers and the like have a mind of their own, I'm sure! Luckily you
can usually find reasonably priced replacements, though it's sod's law
that they go and break down on you, just when you're in the middle of
doing something important.
There is a correlation between `cheapness of the kit' and `how long it
lasts' in many cases. Not all `non-cheap' printers last well, mind; but
very few cheap printers can be expected to last (some will, some won't;
best to plan on `won't').
There's a reason for cheap stuff being cheap, you know.
I got sick of printer driver crap, and unreliable printer crap, and so
on, and bought a mid-priced black and white PostScript networkable laser
printer: takes its data in via Ethernet, and uses PostScript so there's
no bother with any third-party driver software of any sort at all, and
almost everything can print to it just by plugging in to the household
network. My Psion 5 can do the deed - well, aside from not having an
Ethernet interface, that is. But it happily kicks out PostScript.
And when you've got a 21 pages per minute double sided networked 1200dpi
laser printer and you print lots of text documents, you get horribly
It's an HP printer; I used to really like HP kit (HP kit until the mid
1980s (ish) was generally very fine indeed). I don't any more, but this
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