So when the pit announcer says “Team 1234 needs a printer cable”, I think every mentor over the age of 40 (me) is picturing one of these: https://www.uline.ca/Product/Detail/H-1011/Zebra-Desktop-Barcode-Printers/6-ft-Parallel-Printer-Cable and thinking to themselves “ummm… what?”
Hey now, don’t come for parallel ports. Back when parallel ports and PS/2 keyboards and mice were a thing in middle school, a couple friends and I had a cottage industry of setting up teachers’ newly-arrived-from-the-district-warehouse computers. Not that we were getting paid or anything, but getting to play with computers in the late 1990s was reward enough.
I mean I think we might have some of those from our time of using a c-rio but we never bring them to comps
How about in the early 80’s having to hack printer drivers into a CPM 1.4 operating system (oh yeah, and building my own printer cable!)
I thought that I was the only one.
I had the hardest time moving from keyboard strokes to mouse movement.
I remember when Windows ran on top of MS-DOS.
Yeah… It really bugs me that USB Type B Cables have become known as “printer cables”… Not just in personal speech, but in listings on Amazon and other store fronts as well.
My first printer was an old selectric type writer with a serial interface.
I can’t think how many different printer and plotter cables I used before USB “square b” and network connections became such wide standards; the parallel DB 25 to Centronics 36 was about the only one I used for more than one or at most two different printers. And yes, I made several printer cables myself.
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