[NTLK] USB-001 Mod & Printing

Chris Browder kcfoxie at gmail.com
Fri Nov 30 11:57:37 EST 2012

My Brother laser printer works with the LPR driver for most things (haven't
tried it with my 2100 yet...just my 2000 and big sketches wouldn't print,
but text and newtonworks printed fine with it). I am on the fence about the
USB-001.... I don't know if I need it, or just want to add a hack to my
Newton. I was kind of hoping printing might be viable, but I knew better.

Thanks for this input. Any PS laser will work with the Newton .... I used
an NEC SilentWriter 95f with mine waaaaay back in the day ;)

On Fri, Nov 30, 2012 at 11:49 AM, Forrest <newtonphoenix at mindspring.com>wrote:

> I have successfully printed from a Newton to an Apple LaserWriter IINT. It
> is a giant beast of a machine.
> I was able to get three of them for $25 each at the venerable Arizona
> State University Surplus warehouse in 2002. That's also where I got many of
> my older Macs. You bought the machines "as is"--you were allowed to test
> them but not disassemble, under penalty of expulsion.
> You'd test what you were interested in, make your best judgement, maybe
> get a couple more of the same for parts. Later on at home, you'd cobble
> what you had together for a more complete Mac (or whatever it was).
> Sadly, about 6 years ago someone there got smart. They started doing that
> very thing--building complete machines from parts--and selling the result
> for more $$. Now there aren't any more "computer science experiment"
> machines available any more in that former condition.
> The IINT prints in PostScript, which the Newton already knows. It has a
> DB-8 serial port, so no adjustment required there. It takes still-available
> toner cartridges (was about $25-50 on eBay a little while ago). But it is
> large and pretty heavy, noisy and a bit smelly (but in a good geek way!).
> It also can raise the temperature in a small room by 5-10 degrees F (heat
> drum in unit).
> It only prints in black and white...if it's been well taken care of it'll
> produce results that are free of stray lines and streaks, and that rival
> inkjet and more modern printers.
> Not suggesting you go out and find one...just providing information.
> Thanks,
> --Forrest
> Sent from my AT&T iPhone 4
> On Nov 29, 2012, at 1:32 PM, Chris Browder <kcfoxie at gmail.com> wrote:
> > really, it seems like IRDA and LPR are the only viable options anymore,
> > unless you happen to have an ages old printer with a parallel port.
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