old friend is slimming down the warehouse

Mark J. Blair nf6x at nf6x.net
Fri Jun 24 17:27:56 CDT 2016

> On Jun 24, 2016, at 12:17 , Ethan Dicks <ethan.dicks at gmail.com> wrote:
> We had an LP25 on our DMF32.  ISTR it's a Dataproducts B300 or
> something close to that.

That sounds right. I googled for Dataproducts B300 pictures, and they look awfully similar to the manual pictures I've seen of the LP32. Also, that web page I linked to lists the LP32 as an LP26 variant.

> I think there's a simple circuit (a few TTL inverters and a pin
> swabbing cable) to use an LA-180 (i.e., _non_ Dataproducts printer) on
> the DC37 on a DMF-32.

I think an LA180 wouldn't be much different than the Decwriter III I'm already using as a console, so I don't see much point in adding one.

> to "enjoy" the
> band/chain-printer experience.  It is fun, though, watching and
> listening to a band printer fire up and zip through greenbar paper.

Yes, that enjoyment is what I'm going for. And also, that plug on the back of my 11/730 is marked "LP32", so I need to fill the hole with the right thing if I'm to be able to sleep at night. :)

Now, I'd also love a great big drum printer, with a suitable computer hooked up to it. In my freshman year of college, I recall being shown a large PDP-8 system with a massive drum printer and a hard drive the size of two washer/dryer units, sitting right next to the Hypercube in the same small room. It was suggested that the system was very long in the tooth and might just be available, and I wish I could go back in time to pursue getting it...

Mark J. Blair, NF6X <nf6x at nf6x.net>

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