Re: Printers Revisited

From: David Mertz <voting-project_at_gnosis_dot_cx>
Date: Mon May 24 2004 - 15:19:40 CDT

On May 24, 2004, at 3:44 PM, Arthur Keller wrote:
> To Alan's defense, the HP LJ-6L is a much older printer than the LJ
> 1300.

Yes it is. But Alan has also been pushing the used-computer model, and
the 6L isn't THAT old.

> Special purpose electronics have gotten a lot faster. It would be
> helpful to know how long it takes before the printer starts making any
> noise, and how long cumulatively until the ballot is finished
> printing.

I gave most of those figures (P3/HPLJ-6L). It works out something like:

   15 seconds: rasterization
    8 seconds: printer light flashing (processing page)
    5 seconds: paper feeding, some noise (but pretty quiet)
  ------------
   28 seconds: Ballot in out tray

I also just tried the print on a much newer/faster computer and
printer. A P4-1.5Ghz and a Samsung ML-1210 laser. On this system, I
get roughly:

    9 seconds: rasterization
    2 seconds: printer light flashing (processing page)
    7 seconds: paper feeding, some noise (but pretty quiet)
  ------------
   18 seconds: Ballot in out tray

The Samsung is presumably still processing the bottom of the page even
while it is printing the top. The first machine was OS/2 FWIW, and the
second Mandrake Linux (I think 9.1). Oh, well on my inkjet, just to
put it in one place (G4/Epson Style Photo 820):

    6 seconds: rasterization
    0 seconds: printer light flashing w/o printing
   40 seconds: paper feeding, lots of noise
  ------------
   46 seconds: Ballot in out tray

The quick rasterization is partially because I started with PDF rather
than PS, and PDF is highly optimized on OSX (but the G4 is a pretty
good chip too). I think more modern inkjets could easily be twice as
fast, maybe more.
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