Even I did not think this is possible since … well … who uses DOS these days, right? But boy was I wrong.I mean, true enough there still are and it is even possible to print from DOS to USB, GDI Virtual and other Windows only printers.

I had apprehensions at first especially when the Windows OS itself evolved over time to 2000, Vista 7 and now 8. That got me thinking, where do DOS programs stand now? Are they still compatible to printers running under these said operating system versions?

In a way they still are, but the point here is the issue of printing cordos_printerrectly what the user expects to see printed.

Remember the printer of the old days? Dot-matrix to be exact connected to LPT or parallel ports. Those were the printers of yester-years. Today, printers have evolved a great deal. How about printers being able to connect to USB ports since they have been the standard nowadays in the modern tech world?

More Windows printers nowadays are GDI printers and those printers are not smart enough to render it on paper coming from a DOS application.

 

Well, I found out a tool called printfil. It is a true Windows 32 bit utility which captures the DOS source ascii data flow and converts it into a real Windows GDI print job which then can be sent to any printer installed in your Windows Control Panel, including USB, GDI, DOT4 and virtual printers.

It can recognize the control codes embedded into the DOS printer job and redesign the corresponding effects like bold and condensed in the produced GDI job, with one more advantage: a single set of control codes can be used to drive any Windows printer even if the real destination printer is not compatible with the source data flow.

Too technical to grasp the concept? To put it simply, Printfil is a true Windows program that acts as the bridge to enable your DOS programs to connect to your Windows programs correctly.


Swiss Army Knife with 1TB flash drive. Awesome! $3,000. Seriously?! Who in their right mind would buy something like that when one can buy a 1TB flash drive for around $150?

Only the rich and famous that is for sure. For average people like me, I ain’t going to waste my money buying this one.

But hey! If you are all for it, then it is up to you ;). It is your money after all, right?

The flash drive is powerful though. It is capable of 22MB/s read and 15MB/s write, removable from the knife body and features a 96×49 bi-stable monochrome display which displays what is on your device and how much room you have left.

Still, $3,000? No way. Ha! Ha!

For real? Yes, made possible by David Braben, a very well-known game developer who runs the UK development studio Frontier Developments.

Braben has developed a tiny USB stick PC that has a HDMI port in one end and a USB port on the other. You plug it into a HDMI socket and then connect a keyboard via the USB port giving you a fully functioning machine running a version of Linux. The cost? $25. (Info from Geek.com)

he hardware being offered is no slouch either. It uses a 700MHz ARM11 processor coupled with 128MB of RAM and runs OpenGL ES 2.0 allowing for decent graphics performance with 1080p output confirmed. Storage is catered for by an SD card slot. It also looks as though modules can be attached such as the 12MP camera seen in the image above.

Ubuntu may be the distro it ships with. That means it will handle web browsing, run office applications, and give the user a fully functional computer to play with as soon as it’s plugged in. All that and it can be carried in your pocket or on a key chain.

Now how about that? A portable PC that costs less but can do so many things. This tiny, cheap PC is going to be distributed through a new charitable foundation called the Raspberry Pi Foundation.

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