faux striped source print-outs
You know the old green striped (fan-fold) paper that you printed out source code on? I'm looking for a utility that lets me print out source code in the same way but with normal A4/letter sized paper on a laser printer. Maybe with light/dark grey stripes.
Maybe someone has a box of the stuff laying around. Or, a warehouse of it...
You could probably paste the code into MS Word and then write a small macro to change every other line to have a light green background.
Staples, for one at least, still sells the paper. Lexmark, for one at least, still sells 132 column dot matrix printers that will spit the magic paper out. I have one. Too bad these things don't make all the right noises like those band printers would, as they spooled up when the next print job hit the queue.
Mitch & Murray (from Downtown)
Yes real printers let you know when they were working. Not like these new fangled whisper quiet inkjets and "laser" printers.
At a computer store I worked at in college, we had some big assed dot matrix printer like a Qume, with a large printhead with considerable mass to it.
Guys... ever been in the vicinity of a 'Line printer' ?!! Seen one at an 'EDP dept' (remember?!! :-) ) of a cotton mill. Those guys must have eardrums made of rubber.
Zero / One
The term to search for is "green bar paper". There's discussion in one forum about how one would go about printing on simulated green bar paper in access, but I not sure how helpful the answers are to you. (http://tinyurl.com/58rvt).
Music ruled paper.
I remember a line printer that was FAST! Also, since it handled multi-part paper, it was attached to a machine that could separate up to 6 copies of it's output. That was remarkable -- they used 3 part paper and had reports sent to the top 3 guys at the company, which were only actually printed once.
Forget green bar, go for the blue bar. Those printers sounded like a chainsaw and performed essentially the same task!
Seems not that many people miss the "green bar" print-outs. I find it helps a lot to read through code, it is even better than colour syntax higlighting which helps a bit but means I have to use the expensive and dog slow ink-jet.
Saving your source as HTM, with a background image for the stripes, will do the trick.
I did this once, using the output of a cold fusion database query to html table, every other line I changed the background color, then ran html2pdf to create the report.
hey, great ideas guys. yeah I was thinking that the simple idea of a striped background wouldn't work because of lines running over etc.
actually I just found a problem. to get html more things exactly as they are like more than one space, I have to use <pre></pre> tags but that means if I have a long line it doesn't wrap and gets cut off in print outs.
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