16 thoughts on “Standalone printer display hack

  1. @corn brown: you’ve never worked with a government office, have you? We’ll have parallel ports when your grandkids are waiting in line at the DMV.

  2. I work in a municipal government office, and a new printer is a big thing, meaning entire departments will spend a year or 2 analyzing things then put it in the budget and get something mediocre that will be good for a couple years and need replaced, and then 10 years later they realize how old this “new” printer is. (yes, we do have old parallel stuff, shoot we still have a few tractor feed printers)

  3. Student: Can I get change for a dollar.
    Helpdesk: There’s a change machine next to the vending machines.
    Student: I know, but I need change for the printer.
    Helpdesk: ???
    Student: It says “INSERT COIN”
    Backoffice techs: [giggle]

  4. neat. it wouldn’t be terribly difficult to adapt this idea to work over USB, for those of us who don’t work in government offices.

  5. “Please plug me in before printing”
    “Go away”
    “Press ctrl-alt-delete to begin”
    “WRYYYYYYYYYY”
    “Place keyboard on head then select paper size”
    “How do I printed paper?”

    The possibilities are endless

  6. I have an HP Laserjet 5 (got from Salvation Army, $5. Works great, too) and I’m gonna see if I can get this to work through the serial port instead.

  7. “Please plug me in before printing”
    “Go away”
    “Press ctrl-alt-delete to begin”
    “WRYYYYYYYYYY”
    “Place keyboard on head then select paper size”
    “How do I printed paper?”
    ??????

  8. @ #6 – jon

    No need to download little programs to do this…
    Telnet onto port 9100, type @PJL RDYMSG DISPLAY=”MESSAGE”
    Simple as that.

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