I've had the new MacBook for three days, and hadn't yet printed
out anything. In fact, I hadn't even set up a printer: I print
so little that I just didn't think of it. Then I got a fax.
I get in-bound faxes by e-mail. It's a lot easier to delete the
junk faxes every morning than to pick up all the paper in front
of the fax machine. But when the fax is legit, as this was, I
still sometimes need to print them out. This was a purchase order,
which needs to be printed to go in the files, so I hit "Print" in
Preview and.. whaddya know: no printers defined.
Well, it's certainly not hard to add a printer from the command
line, but for the heck of it I chose "Add Printer" within Preview.
To my complete surprise, the dialog that came up had a choice for
adding a HP JetDirect Socket printer - which is almost what I wanted.
I have a little Netgear box here, and the only difference is that
HP uses port 9100 and Netgear uses 4010. Well, there are other differences:
one of these is a cheap piece of near junk and the other isn't,
but sometimes near junk works well enough, doesn't it?
So, feeling adventurous and lucky, I decided to take
a chance. I plugged in the address as "10.1.36.221:4010". Honestly,
I expected OS X to mung that up and end up with an error or "10.1.36.221:4010:9100" or some nonsense, but amazingly enough, it did the right thing
and gave me a socket printer at port 4010. I am impressed!
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