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    One of the long time bikers here in Arlington passed along some 20+ years old swag from the first Bike To Work Day!

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    I still have that button on the right.

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    Was that thing printed on a PLOTTER?

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    Quote Originally Posted by JimF22003 View Post
    Was that thing printed on a PLOTTER?
    I was going to make a comment about having used a plotter not that long ago, but then I realized it was back in the 90s.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JimF22003 View Post
    Was that thing printed on a PLOTTER?
    What's a plotter?

    (no seriously - what's a plotter?)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Drewdane View Post
    What's a plotter?

    (no seriously - what's a plotter?)
    It's a type of printer, commonly used for large scale prints.

    (I was a history major, so I read about those once in a textbook)

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    Now I'm having flashbacks to the piezoelectric carbon ampule printer my dad got from the DAK catalog that printed like a dot matrix printer, except instead of 10 vertical pixels per horizontal traversal, it printed one line of pixels per horizontal traversal, but it traversed very very very fast (at least for devices of the time). In draft mode, all the characters looked a bit like they were shivering...

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    It's a kind of a printer in which the device held actual pens which were moved up and down and along geometric paths via a motor. They were unbelievably slow, but could produce actual circles vs jagged curves, and usually had selectable colors. They were mainly used for architectural/mechanical drafting and that sort of work involving fine details, and could often be used for really large output (multi-foot wide paper spools). They sucked for simple text, and are basically obsolete now that high-resolution laser & inkjet printers are ubiquitous. (Jagged edges are now too small to see.)

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    I dunno, the government agency (natch) I used to work for until last year had plotters for large printouts (e.g. table sized maps)

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    Last I worked for had laser plotters (for network diagrams). Nothing better than something that can actually print out something at an ANSI E size in less than 15 seconds. Except, dat toner cartridge replacement cost...

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