Back in the 80s, Xerox usta have a monster of a copy machine that
would do that. Plus, it would do 400 sheets in 30 secs.
Unfortunately, it rarely worked properly and our vendor had no field
techs who knew how to repair it. 8|
On Sunday, October 9, 2016 at 1:22:07 PM UTC-4, notbob wrote:
Back in the 80s Kodak had a color copier.
They also had a feature on one B&W model that I had never seen before or have seen
since: There was an opening near the output trays where you could stick the corner
of your original and have the machine staple it for you. No "stand-alone" stapler to go
missing or need to be refilled.
You must not run into serious office workhorse printers very often,
then. I've seen quite a few of them with the self stapling feature.
Don't believe the hype though, depending on paper thickness and other
issues with it's own design, it may not work so great in real life.
And they can be a real pain in the arse to fix when they do
Make yourself sheep and the wolves will eat you.
No doubt cuz office printer vendors wouldn't pay their field service
I knew RIFs were coming, so talked to one of the printer techs. I
discovered I'd hafta take 75% pay cut to be a field service tech on
one of these very complex machines.
Most office copiers will duplex these days. They often have a lot of
other fancy features too. At work they have an old one, but it has a NIC
so you can print to it on the network, it will collate and staple, has a
bunch of different drawers for various types of paper, has FAX built-in,
and it's color.
They still use the same business model of renting or leasing you the
copier though. You can buy them outright, but from what I've seen most
places don't do that, they just call up the local "Foobar Business
Machines" and have them roll in a copier and then maintain it.
I've been to a couple of places that still use mainframes and have print
shops for printing from the mainframe. They had some pretty
impressive-looking equipment, although I really don't know that much
about them. I just know they do high speed and high volume printing, and
that reliability is very important.
A friend has talked about the printing equipment they have in the
radiology dept at a local hospital where he works. It sounded like it
was pretty massive too, and very expensive. :)
By and large, Brother laser printers are your best bet. Extremely
reliable, easy to set up, not at all temperamental, very affordable
printer and replacement toner cartridges/drums.
Amazon frequently runs them on Gold Box deals. The model above is
typically $99, but will run on sale for as low as $69-$75. Seems like
they'll have a Brother laser printer sale every 6-8 weeks or so, and
more often in November-December.
I tend to agree.
I'm on my 2nd Brother B/W laser printer. The first still works,
despite having been in 2 car accidents, stored in sub-zero shed, and
works ona Linux setup. My second is a FAX2840, which I needed cuz a
lotta govt agencies still demand docs be sent by FAX. Beware or
whether or not you have a 32 or 64 bit machine, as many Brother
drivers are 64 bit only. ;)
That seems to have been the consensus for many years among Usenet
posters and the computer users I've talked to in person. I have an HP
LaserJet that's nearing the age of 20. It still fills my printing needs;
but if I had to replace it, I'd go with Brother. (FWIW, I have a Brother
memory typewriter that is at least *25* years old and still works
I am also a fan of having two printers (though I have three*). With fax
almost dead, does one really need a full all-in-one? I agree with the
Brother recommendation. For the B&W laser I have the Brother HL2280. It was
much cheaper three years ago. What it gives me is a convenient flatbed
copier in addition to a laser printer.
Over seven years ago I bought a color laser printer. Long since
discontinued. I rarely print in color. I only turn it on when I need it.
For my all-in-one I bought the older model of the Brother MFCJ6920DW:
(Amazon.com product link shortened)
It gives me the feeder if I want to scan a stack. And most important to me,
it gives me an 11"x17" scanner for a reasonable price (it was cheaper back
when I bought it). I have never bought 11x17 paper and with the color laser
I don't use it to print at all.
* four if you count the Seiko label printer.
Don. www.donwiss.com (e-mail link at home page bottom).
It's why I have a 2nd Brother printer (FAX2840). The CA Franchise Tax
Board (state level IRS) will accept a document no other way. Before I
bought a FAX machine, I hadda pay a local printer send 'em a FAX.
This about 4 yrs ago.
Last time I needed fax service was a few weeks ago when dealing with a
Prior to that I needed it a few months back when a bank required a fax
of a document or for me to hand carry that document to an office that
was a 25 mile round trip by car.
Yes, less need for fax today but sometimes it can be handy.
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