Post by jdd Post by David Wright
You must live in a different price bracket from me.
nope. I had at least two HP5M for free ten years ago... they died
Well, let's assume that most people buy their equipment rather than
being given it for free.
The HP5M is solely a printer which is fine as far as it goes, but now
I need to buy a scanner, and quite possibly a fax machine, as well.
AFAICT I'd have to use it through a parallel (or serial?) interface.
This laptop has neither. You can network it with 10Base-T for a price,
but no USB connection.
I can see a refurbished one on the web for $340 (if that's the right
model) which is far more than a new AiO.
Post by jdd
There are ps compatible printer for cheap for years now.
So you say, but I never seem to be able to find them in the shops.
And take a typical web site. Here are the categories to refine one's
search. Are people interested in whether a printer supports PDF directly?
• NARROW BY: clear all
• 0 Type of Printer + - clear
□ [ ] All-in-One (23)
□ [ ] Single-Function (14)
□ [ ] Wide/Large Format (8)
• 0 Output Type + - clear
□ [ ] Black & White (12)
□ [ ] Color (33)
• 0 Print Technology + - clear
□ [ ] Inkjet (5)
□ [ ] Laser (39)
• 0 Duplex Printing + - clear
□ [ ] Automatic (31)
□ [ ] Manual (13)
• 0 Wireless Ready + - clear
□ [ ] Wired (10)
□ [ ] Wireless (23)
□ [ ] Wireless Optional (5)
• 0 Printer Connectivity + - clear
□ [ ] USB & Network Ready (19)
□ [ ] USB & Wireless (3)
□ [ ] USB, Wireless, Network Ready (21)
• 0 B&W PPM + - clear
• 0 Brand + - clear
• 0 Printer Use + - clear
□ [ ] Home & Photo (4)
□ [ ] Small Business (25)
• 0 Department + - clear
□ [ ] Printers (54)
□ [ ] Laser Printers (8)
• 0 Photo Capable + - clear
□ [ ] Not Photo (23)
□ [ ] Photo (21)
• 0 Rating + - clear
• 0 Deals + - clear
□ [ ] On Promotion (21)
• 0 Environmental + - clear
□ [ ] Eco certified (50)
□ [ ] Eco conscious (5)
□ [ ] Recycled (10)
• 0 ShopRunner + - clear
□ [ ] ShopRunner Eligible (50)
• 0 Printer Condition + - clear
□ [ ] New (41)
□ [ ] Refurbished (4)
• 0 Supertank + - clear
□ [ ] Not Supertank (44)
• 0 Mobile Capability + - clear
□ [ ] No (26)
□ [ ] Yes (17)
• 0 Number of Users + - clear
• 0 Auto Restock + - clear
□ [ ] Auto Restock Eligible (31)
• 0 Price + - clear
So the specs of each printer have to be found and examined.
Can you give me a few current examples of the species?
Post by jdd
for pdf, I only have seen this on news papers, but the subject
computer being airprint compatible must have some inside device, and
it's not cheap.
Ditto. Brian has tried to explain, but I don't completely follow his
explanation. Not being at the cutting edge of mobile phone technology,
I don't have any experience of trying to use it, even if I had an
Post by jdd
I spoke of gutenprint because I have a Canon photo thermal printer
that prints jpeg from cards,
This is what's common. Not PDFs. And many take a variety of
stick/cards. Hardly surprising: that's what's inside the
cameras. Thank goodness one's not limited to TWAIN. Ugh.
Post by jdd
but not from computer (!), so need a
driver. It was not at this time available on linux, but gutenprint
mailing list user asked me to make some tests and could with this
give me a solution.
the people there knows incredibly well the printers :-)
I'm sure they do. (However, they don't support my printer but luckily,
HP does.) But I don't understand the relationship between linux
printing and gutenprint. Actually I don't know much at all about
printing any more. I used to in the days of dot-matrix, having
happily written character definitions and code to rasterise and