HP DraftMaster I

Tony Duell ard at p850ug1.demon.co.uk
Thu Aug 30 17:05:01 CDT 2007

> I _did_ have someone approach me at work, once, holding an HPIB cable,
> and demanding to know where they were supposed to put *this*.  I

Don't tempt me :-)

> managed to stifle the obvious first answer and asked about what was
> _really_ going on.  It seems that this person had asked for a bit of
> lab equipment and a computer, but the lab equipment office failed to
> pass along to the IT group that this person's PC should have an HPIB
> card.  The user was quite upset that he couldn't show up his first day
> and start taking data immediately.  We fixed him up in under an hour,
> but that wasn't good enough to please him.  From the waves he made
> later about how "incompetent" the entire IT staff was, I later
> regretted suppressing the initial suggestion I'd had when I first met
> him.

Checking through some of the stuff I've picked up in my career as a 
hacker (to paraphrase you-know-who), I've come across a set of routines 
and a little hardware mod to link a GPIB device to a PC printer port. The 
author of this stuff? None other than Chuck Guzis :-)


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