NEXT Color Printer find

From: Richard Erlacher <>
Date: Mon Dec 31 10:47:27 2001

EEEEK!!! It's not a "DB-9"!!!

Your point is well taken, Pete, and, in the interest of keeping a lot of
bandwidth from going down the toilet on yet another discussion of connector
nomenclature, it's well to keep in mind that the vendors of surplus hardware
seldom know much about what they sell.


----- Original Message -----
From: "Pete Turnbull" <>
To: <>
Sent: Sunday, December 30, 2001 10:49 PM
Subject: Re: NEXT Color Printer find

> On Dec 30, 16:03, Louis Schulman wrote:
> > With all due respect, I disagree. The term "Centronics", whatever its
> original meaning, refers to a type of
> > connector. Looking at the Jameco catalog, for example, the catalog
> pictures 14, 24, 36 and 50 contact
> > male and female connectors, all referred to as "Centronics". I have
> never heard the term "blue ribbon" used
> > to describe these connectors.
> >
> > My understanding is that Centronics was the first to use this type of
> connector on its parallel printers, so
> > when it became the standard type connector the name stuck.
> No, Tony is correct. Just because a name is commonly (mis)used in a
> particular way, doesn't mean it's correct, especially in catalogues. This
> discussion has come up before in relation to "DB9" connectors etc. A
> Centronics connector is a specific size, 36pins. The other sizes (14, 20,
> 24, 50, etc) are NOT Centronics connectors. The 24-way is sometimes
> referred to as an IEEE-488 connector. Does that make all the other sizes
> IEEE-488 connectors too?
> The common misuse is fairly recent, too. 50-pin conectors in that shape
> have been around for a long time, as SCSI connectors, as telco connectors,
> and for datacomms. Only in the last 5-8 years have I seen them referred
> as Centronics.
> > BTW, this type of connector, regardless of the number of pins, when made
> for ribbon cables, is referred to
> > by Jameco as "IDC Centronics Connector".
> So they're misusing the term, that's all. If they'd said
> "Centronics-style" that would be different.
> --
> Pete Peter Turnbull
> Network Manager
> University of York
Received on Mon Dec 31 2001 - 10:47:27 GMT

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