questionsdoes anyone still own/use a dot-matrix printer?

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I still own a 24-pin Epson. haven't used it in 15 years.

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been 5 years since I last used one. I worked at kelly-moore paints for a few years, and they still used the OKI ones to print invoices. I actually miss the sound,
that bzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz! click. bzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz! click. bzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz!

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Oh wow! There's a blast from the past! I really vaguely remember some other kind of printer too. It was called a daisy wheel or something like that...

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@dmaz: That would be a Letter Quality printer. My Okidata 120 was merely NLQ...

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I think I finally tossed my old Epson FX-80 after a flood about three years ago (it wasn't damaged, but I was in a throw-it-out-if-there's-no-reason-to-keep-it-even-though-it-still-works-fine mood, and took advantage of it to get rid of a bunch of crap).

We still use two dot matrix printers (not FX-80s) at work to print checks, or at least I'm not aware that they have been replaced by anything else.

@dmaz: I used to write Wordstar printer drivers for things like the NEC Spinwriter and Xerox Diablo 630. (Think CP/M in 1980.)

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I used one about 5 years ago in my school's computer lab. I don't think I or my family have ever owned one....at least not in my memory.

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I'm surprised how few people still have laser printers. So much faster and durable and the savings you get on the toner more than make up for the extra price up front. We just bought a second one for my gf to keep at her school, it was 50 bucks.

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Still have a quarter mile of those printer papers with holes on the sides and each sheets have to be torn off.

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@portezbie: my epson inkjet uses carts that I can get generic for about $1.50-$4 each (black + 5 dif color carts) and then I get $2 each for recycling at staples, so my ink is almost free.

My epson inkjet also has a feature to allow printing directly on to printable cd/dvd. I have yet to find a reasonable priced laser printer that will do that.

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None of my computers has a parallel port to connect to such a printer. Besides, both my laserjet (wired) and inkjet (wireless) are network printers.

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Multi-part forms still require them, so yeah, we still have them at the office.

Forget dot-matrix ... anyone ever experience the old daisywheel printers?

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@dmaz: It's OK, you may be able to recall such things, but I still have my Diablo Daisy wheel KSR, sitting next to my Epson LQ850(?) 24-pin. Near my Hazeltine 1500. Clearly I have trouble letting go of the past.

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@baqui63: You date yourself (big grin). I'd never fess up to having old S-100 hardware 'cuz I know the razzing we might get. Nope not me.

Seems we were having a discussion about WordStar a few weeks ago. I still have a manual and disks for WS7.0 somewhere. Along with some old dBase 2.0 disk & documentation.

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@tpscan:

Meh. You're as old as you feel. (Unfortunately, I've been feeling older, though that is starting to change now that I'm able to exercise regularily again. In fact, I should get off deals.woot and go ride for at least 30 minutes.)

I'm thinking that I have Wordstar 4.x around downstairs, but am not sure and my daughters will not be happy if I pull that old computer crap out again.

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Large Corporations still use them often for a paper backup.

They are great for reports since all the pages are attached and you can print like 5000 pages in a row and boxk them for Achive.

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Lots of places use them for NCR (Non-Carbon Repeating, not New California Republic, you nerd) printing. Also, title places, mortgage places, etc., where they use all kinds of arcane page sizes and stuff.