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"Right To Repair" Bill Advances In Massachusetts

ctxspy Re:Universal, open-hardware car CPU (478 comments)

http://www.google.com/#q=megasquirt&hl=en&sa=2&fp=ee36edbd3c16a1c5

Not quite what you are saying, but aftermarket "full" ECUs do exist and can be adapted to a variety of cars.

more than 4 years ago
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Linux-Friendly Label Printer Recomendations?

ctxspy Re:Yes, Indeed. (188 comments)

I also use SATO at a high volume distribution company. These printers are rugged and dependable, although not cheap.. We print literally thousands of labels per day, and some of our printers are still going strong after 10+ years.

We use the M84Pro with 203 dpi heads. They also have 300+ and 600+ dpi heads (more expensive, but higher resolution). We also have one of the MB410i (mobile printing!)

They are capable of 1d & 2d barcodes, several fonts, raster graphics, lines, etc.

You can get modules for serial, parallel, network (ethernet, wifi).

http://www.geminicomputers.com has them for the cheapest, they are a pretty reliable company based out of NYC i think, and ship quickly.

Regarding the other child post -- you don't need a howto. Go to sato's website and download the EXCELLENT programmer's guide. It goes above and beyond, explaining exactly how to program for these things.

Regarding the windows driver -- all it does is convert the GDI print data into ALL RASTER commands to the printer. This means WYSIWYG, however SLOW SLOW SLOW vs. using the actual printer commands.

I also use SATO at my work. Their printers are rugged and dependable, although not cheap..

We use the M84Pro with 203 dpi heads. They also have 300+ and 600+ dpi heads (more expensive, but higher resolution).

They are capable of 1d & 2d barcodes, several fonts, raster graphics, lines, etc.

You can get modules for serial, parallel, network (ethernet, wifi).

http://www.geminicomputers.com has them for the cheapest, they are a pretty reliable company based out of NYC i think, and ship quickly.

Regarding the other child post -- you don't need a howto. Go to sato's website and download the EXCELLENT programmer's guide. It goes above and beyond, explaining exactly how to program for these things.

Regarding the windows driver -- all it does is convert the GDI print data into ALL RASTER commands to the printer. This means WYSIWYG, however SLOW SLOW SLOW vs. using the actual printer commands.

FWIW we've had good luck using PHP & smarty with these printers.. You create templates with smarty then fill in the variables when it is time to print.

Also -- We wrote a simple 'bridge' program which can run on a PC and act like a translator from port 9100 (jet direct / tcp printing) thru to the sato, so it acts like we have a network card in the printer w/o having to pay for one.

-Tomaj

more than 4 years ago
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Modern Humans Far More Robust Than Ancestors

ctxspy Re:Increasing IQ's? (359 comments)

Problem is, we tool using humans have started creating laws to protect the stupid from themselves, e.g. "WARNING THIS COFFEE IS HOT, SO PLEASE DON'T GO AHEAD AND DUMP IT ALL OVER YOUR CROTCH WHILE DRIVING", etc etc.

Government, certainly including ours, caters to the lowest common denominator. :(

-Tomaj

more than 7 years ago

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