What is the most amount of money you've spent on a computer or computer-related item?

Paul Koning paulkoning at comcast.net
Fri Jan 13 14:19:42 CST 2017

> On Jan 13, 2017, at 2:02 PM, Toby Thain <toby at telegraphics.com.au> wrote:
> On 2017-01-13 3:17 PM, Paul Koning wrote:
>>> On Jan 13, 2017, at 1:05 PM, Toby Thain <toby at telegraphics.com.au> wrote:
>>> ...
>>> AUD $25,000 for a Linotype L100 PostScript imagesetter (used).
>>> Has a 68K computer inside it with Adobe ROMs. Communication via serial or AppleTalk.
>>> One of the first high resolution PostScript imagesetters. Put a lot of feet of bromide paper through it.
>> Neat! By the standards of the time, those were not really high image
>> quality, but definitely adequate and successful for newspaper work. I
>> remember working with them in the early 1980s.
> Yes, its primary job was newspaper galley setting when I bought it, but I did bureau work on the side. Even some negatives of questionable density ;)

The quality issue I remembered was somewhat jaggy outlines, even though the scan resolution was entirely adequate.  It was the first outline based typesetter I've seen, and you could tell from the film -- but not from newsprint -- that the outline shapes weren't quite fine enough.  It's possible I'm remembering wrong and that was the Linotron 300 that had this issue.  Perhaps so, the dates for PostScript don't quite fit the dates when I was doing this stuff.


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