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  1. Guest

    I wonder if anyone has seen new printers for sale which use plain spool
    ribbons? I doubt it, but I used to have an Oki 82a which used ordinary
    typewritter ribbons and it ran like a tank for 15yrs. I only had to replace a
    gear once. I kick myself for throwing it away because it cost s little to
    operate. I've heard that supposedly in Russia folks are afraid of toner dust
    and like dot matrix. So I wonder if such printers don't sell somewhere in the
    world. ANyone know?


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  2. I think the correct answer is in russia they can't afford laser printers,
    or power them, or have computers fast enough to even send graphics to them
    in the first place.

    lots of businesses still use dot matrix printers for multi part forms.

    at the one supplier I use, they actually replaced some gigantic dot matrix
    printer with another that's clearly new as it's not shitted up with dirt
    and smudgy hand prints. It's a Tally as I recall, so it's probably some
    cutting edge 1990s technology from Genicom. All it does is print
    white/yellow/pink copies of invoices all day long.

    Those ones don't use the generic typewritter ribbon, but those things are
    still for sale on the internet. I've not seen a typewritter ribbon in a
    store in years.
     
  3. Although I have not used them in 10 years, I keep two Apple ImageWriter II
    printers around. They are about the only thing that will reliably feed
    continous form catalog cards.

    My wife is a teaching librarian (K-12), and still uses the cards. I keep
    the printers around in case she asks for them to do one last run of
    cards from their computerised catalog before going 100% to computers.

    While many libraries have computerized catalogs, I'm sure there are small
    ones that still maintain cards.

    Not much use for them here for medical printers, the last time I was in
    a hospital, the clerk on the way out scanned all of the papers and printed out
    copies for me to take to my doctor and insurance company. I expect that
    they were shreded in a few days.

    Geoff.
     
  4. have you ever worked with Florida Data printers, by chance?
     
  5. Guest

    My oki82a ran like a tank.
    Never had the ribbon jams you describe.
    I even used film ribbons for slightly better print.
    I gotta admit, at the time i had it, a lot of other folks had the same
    printer, so I had an informal support network.

    I finally did get a panasonic dot matrix to replace it, and i even bought a
    ribbon reinker. And I reink my inkjet by syringe (cartridge costs $25, ink
    costs $1). But in the end, I just go to Staples or Kinkos and haven't used
    any of my own printers in two years. THanks in large part to the ability to
    generate and mail PDF files.

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    Vasos Panagiotopoulos, Columbia'81+, Reagan, Mozart, Pindus, BioStrategist
    http://www.panix.com/~vjp2/vasos.htm http://www.facebook.com/vasjpan2
    ---{Nothing herein constitutes advice. Everything fully disclaimed.}---
    [Homeland Security means private firearms not lazy obstructive guards]
    [Urb sprawl confounds terror] [Phooey on GUI: Windows for subprime Bimbos]
     
  6. Guest

    I've bene in ICUs where the EKG is stored online. When my dad wa sin the ICU
    in 7/99 they were able to go back several days on the computer without paper.



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    Vasos Panagiotopoulos, Columbia'81+, Reagan, Mozart, Pindus, BioStrategist
    http://www.panix.com/~vjp2/vasos.htm http://www.facebook.com/vasjpan2
    ---{Nothing herein constitutes advice. Everything fully disclaimed.}---
    [Homeland Security means private firearms not lazy obstructive guards]
    [Urb sprawl confounds terror] [Phooey on GUI: Windows for subprime Bimbos]
     
  7. Guest

    BTW, I was just looking for a 1965 ad for my house and came across $39.95
    manual typerwriters and $3.95 leather brief bags (the kind lawyers now pay
    $500 for)



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    Vasos Panagiotopoulos, Columbia'81+, Reagan, Mozart, Pindus, BioStrategist
    http://www.panix.com/~vjp2/vasos.htm http://www.facebook.com/vasjpan2
    ---{Nothing herein constitutes advice. Everything fully disclaimed.}---
    [Homeland Security means private firearms not lazy obstructive guards]
    [Urb sprawl confounds terror] [Phooey on GUI: Windows for subprime Bimbos]
     
  8. Back in the early 90s I worked for a fire brigade that had them as
    turnout printers (so they printed out where to send a fire engine to).
    They were pretty reliable, but we had to change PSU capacitors in lots
    of them as they were on 24x7.
     
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