The message is in Dutch. The translation is something like: "Oh, have I been moved already? Perhaps now? Oh, I'm placed in quite an irritating way, I've been told. Can I please stay in Roys room? I won't pee on the couch and be very nice and I won't leave toner anywhere. And I keep wondering: Oh, have I been moved yet?" etc.

And for some more results: The hallway now is as printer-less as it has ever been.

Oh, if you want the source: as usual it's released under the GPL. Get it here.

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A.N.other wrote at 4 Jun 2010, 11.21:

could you do this with a picaxe chip?

Sprite_tm wrote at 15 Dec 2008, 12.26:

Possibly. You could use a different port for the device (e.g. the serial port) or you could take a somewhat bigger AVR and make kind-of a passthrough device: normally, the parallel cable can talk directly to the printer but once in a while, when no printer activity is going on, the AVR disconnects the two, gives the connected PC a 'busy'-signal so it won't try to send data and send the new display message to the laseryet. Implementing this scheme will be left as an excersize to the reader, though ;)

maathieu wrote at 15 Dec 2008, 11.08:

I can't wait to see those used in more spurious places (government offices, etc.). Would it be possible to make it so that it doesn't hog the parallel port (so that it would still be possible to plug a parallel cable over the device)?

Intosia wrote at 13 Dec 2008, 14.10:

Its Dutch... Vet gedaan man :) Hier via HackedGadgets.com :D

Pl4sticm4n wrote at 13 Dec 2008, 12.00:


null wrote at 13 Dec 2008, 2.22:

you could have gotten more laughs to cause it to randomly print angry faces

Yann wrote at 12 Dec 2008, 23.51:

I like, it's a great idea! Just wondering though, do you think you could have made the text scroll by sending the commands faster and just advancing a pointer to the data you send ?

KillerBee230 wrote at 12 Dec 2008, 22.24:

Oh i totally forgot.. You should check out this very new linux based handheld.. It looks like its pretty easy to hack it.. well its running linux, what more can i say!.. I know its very expensive, but if people leave tips in teh tips jar... :) http://www.openpandora.org/

KillerBee230 wrote at 12 Dec 2008, 22.08:

Hi Sprite, Thats a very fun hack you have made there, i love when you come up with wierd stuff like that :) Btw. i was wondering.. the comment system you use on your website.. Is it one you would like to share with me, because i really need a comment system for my website :) Greetings from denmark!

bluelip wrote at 12 Dec 2008, 16.28:

Forget Pyrofer, keep the AVR projects coming. Very novel idea. We've fooled around send the screen commands through the network, but I never thought of actually using the centronics port. Great job!!

Pyrofer wrote at 12 Dec 2008, 14.25:

And to think i went to the trouble of removing the display, finding the Display driver Datasheet, and sending my messages directly to the screen, without the printer attached. Oh, and I used a PIC. Please stop using AVR, it makes my life harder as I dont use them and need to port all your code if I want to use it! :p

Harry wrote at 12 Dec 2008, 14.24:

Great! Thanks for sharing. Will build one just for fun ;-)

Sprite_tm wrote at 12 Dec 2008, 9.19:

Ow, c'mon, youtube isn't that bad, is it? As soon as in-browser ogg is widely supported I'll put up my movies like that, but until that time, youtube works fine for me.

JoeJoe wrote at 12 Dec 2008, 7.38:

Flash? Youtube? :( *sniffle*

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