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An inkjet printer (my own)
  7018 votes / 29%
A laser printer (my own)
  9259 votes / 38%
A dot matrix or daisy wheel printer (my own)
182 votes / 0%
An inkjet printer (someone else's)
  607 votes / 2%
A laser printer (someone else's)
  3005 votes / 12%
A dot matrix or daisy wheel printer (someone else's)
81 votes / 0%
A combination rudely ignored by the above options
  746 votes / 3%
I don't print anything personal, ever.
  3061 votes / 12%
23959 total votes.
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  • My own laser printer (Score:5, Interesting)

    by danomac (1032160) on Monday February 04, 2013 @12:28PM (#42786071)

    I only need to print a half a dozen times a year.

    I used to have an inkjet, but I got tired of paying $50 a page - almost always the ink dried out and I had to get a new inkjet cartridge.

    I've had the same colour laser printer for four years and I'm still running on the initial low yield ink cartridges. With my usage pattern that should last twenty years.

  • by arendjr (673589) on Monday February 04, 2013 @01:02PM (#42786439) Homepage

    I chose a laser printer (someone else's) where "someone else's" means "the printer from work". My personal printing needs are so few I find it hard to justify getting my own printer and letting cartridges dry out and associated annoyances.

  • Re:Decadent (Score:4, Interesting)

    by CanHasDIY (1672858) on Monday February 04, 2013 @01:52PM (#42786961) Homepage Journal

    There's also something very satisfying about code inspection on fanfold paper.

    Not to mention, the sound.

    Damn if I don't get all nostalgic every time I walk into the auto parts store and hear their impact printersscreeeeeeeeee-CLUNK-wirrrwirrrrwirrrrwirrrwirrr-ing away.

    It's an electric symphony.

  • Re:A plotter (Score:4, Interesting)

    by Sussurros (2457406) on Monday February 04, 2013 @07:15PM (#42791071)
    In the 1970s one of the other programmers where I worked used to print text files on the big format daisy wheel printer to form the image of a naked woman in ASCII or EBCDIC characters to represent light or shade. As demure as they were that passed for pornography then so it had to be done stealthily and for security reasons programmers weren't allowed into the computer room so he had to collude with one of the computer operators to get them done.

    I have no idea where he got them though, there were no emails then and no floppy discs. Everything was punch cards or tapes.
  • by Nimey (114278) on Monday February 04, 2013 @08:42PM (#42792081) Homepage Journal

    I used to have a color laser (bought for my wedding so we could do our own invitations). It was a really nice printer, did PostScript and we had a ghetto sharing arrangement with my computer plugged into the parallel port & hers to USB. However, it (a Laserjet 2550) was loud and expensive to keep fed - a full load of toner plus a drum was nearly as much as the printer cost originally, and my wife has to print a lot because of her job (she's a teacher), so four toners would have to be replaced roughly every 18 months, and the drum every three years.

    So, since SWMBO wanted a scanner, I switched us to a Brother b&w multifunction. It was cheap (snagged for about $160), but had its own duplexer & Ethernet, and the black toner cost about 1/2 to 2/3 as much as the HP stuff. Thing's been trouble-free aside from the duplexer not liking paper pre-punched for a 3-ring binder, and did I mention it's a fuckton cheaper to operate? I could wish for PostScript so I could print from Linux without jumping through hoops, but honestly I rarely print so it doesn't matter.

"They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary saftey deserve neither liberty not saftey." -- Benjamin Franklin, 1759


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