HP plotters

From: Richard Erlacher <edick_at_idcomm.com>
Date: Thu Sep 2 10:01:19 1999

That 7550 is quite a bit "more" plotter than the smaller 74xx ones. It's
too bad the table is so small . . .


-----Original Message-----
From: Joe <rigdonj_at_intellistar.net>
To: Discussion re-collecting of classic computers
Date: Thursday, September 02, 1999 8:29 AM
Subject: HP plotters

>Hi All,
> I got this from a friend of mine. You can see there are still lots of
>good reasons to keep a real plotter around. So save that plotter!
> Joe
>>A little while back a friend of mine (little bit of a collector, he
>>has a Basis 108 and a DEC Pro 350, and some VAXen that he used to use)
>>was starting to get into slide photography and going through his
>>father's collection of slides (mostly having to do with the NYC subway
>>system and like things in other cities). He decided he wanted to
>>print on photo slide mounts; handwriting them doesn't work for him
>>because he has crappy handwriting.
>>So we spent some time at Fry's looking at inkjet printers, and decided
>>the paper paths were too contorted -- no way to get a slide mount
>>through there, let alone the sort of cardboard carrier we thought we'd
>>We thought about it a while and decided that a plotter would be the
>>way to go. Of course, who makes plotters in this day of cheap color
>>inkjet printers (with expensive ink cartridges)? So I went to the
>>next Computer Recycling Center sale and picked up a somewhat grungy
>>7550A for $10 and passed it along to him. He bought some pens on
>>eBay, worked out some HP-GL, hacked up a pen and an extra-fine
>>Sharpie, and put together some bits of cardboard to make a carrier for
>>a few slide mounts, and he was all set.
>>So I guess they still have their uses. His only complaint is that the
>>7550 takes up too much table space. I guess I'm keeping my eyes open for
>>an 7470 or 7475 with RS-232 interface.
Received on Thu Sep 02 1999 - 10:01:19 BST

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