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 user 2005-05-10 at 11:20:00 am Views: 76
  • #9349

    May 2005 Editorial  ARGECY

    Not to pat myself on the back,
    but the number of calls for solutions has increased so  “I think we are
    (over)due for a big run on IBM 6400′s” has manifested.  The market to replace
    the behemoth 4248, 4245, 6262, and 6252 printers has awoken.  There’s still some
    hope that someone will jump in to the print-band business, but the investment is
    larger than the potential remaining market, so unless prices for printbands make
    a big leap upward, I don’t see an entrepreneurial opportunity.

    I attended
    my first face-to-face meeting with colleagues (?) and was pleased to meet many
    people at ASCDI in Orlando.  I’m so pleased to have seen some old faces (no, I
    didn’t mean it that way….).  I learned some interesting stuff, reminisced, and
    shook hands with many.  I didn’t have a lot in common with many of them.  I am
    just not in the leasing, Cisco, or Sun business, so thank goodness that I I
    found others from my world.

    IBM remains mysterious in their plans for the
    desktop impact market. The IBM 423x family (4230, 4232), heir to the more sturdy
    but older than the legendary IBM 4224 printers. I have advice for all the users
    of AS/400 and S/390 printers: stock up on them now.   As supplies of third party
    sources for 4247 “junk” dry up, users will be best advised to get and keep IBM
    4230′s.  If you use impact printers anywhere in your infrastructure that run off
    the “mainframe” you NEED IPDS on your  printer to avoid the “black hole” Beta
    error!  4230 printers have IPDS and can be upgraded to ethernet ipds.  If you’ve
    read this far then you can’t say that you didn’t see it coming….

    IBM dropped a bomb — Starting with V5r3, your AS/400 applications are NOT
    transferable.  Did you hear that?  An indefinite amount of software investment
    just vanished.

    I continue to work on the web site, upping the reference
    materials that are linked from the various models.  I have a lot of accumulated
    info, knowledge and data. Look for  tweaks and updates.

    Over the past
    couple weeks, I have found a palpable slowdown in the hardware business.  Others
    echo this sentiment.  I have always believed that this industry is a good proxy
    for the economy at large.  We tend to be sensitive to economic changes.  I
    suspect that our economy is in for a rough ride over the coming years.  Surely
    Americans have done miraculous things in our short history, but this is
    particularly difficult:  Stagnant real wages, rising interest rates, ballooning
    government deficits, school performance deteriorating, personal debt at
    unmanageable levels.  Sounds like a recipe for struggle.  Keep it simple: Spend
    less than you earn.

    In order to asymptote your total cost of print, the
    following rule-of-thumb applies:  Let your printers run forever… maintain them
    with depot hot spares… everything gets cheaper and cheaper:  This shows how
    average total cost approaches the marginal cost of an the supplies.

    order to approach minimized cost, ride your printers throughout the declining

    Next month: Thin clients and terminals: my crystal

    Here’s the latest hots and nots:
    Sweet spots:
    4000-id3/id4 Venerable printer with excellent Roll Systems attachment options
    (ID3: PAGE COUNT = 25,777,683 W/FEATURES: 4840, 9403, 9410, 4404, 4540, 4481; 
    ID4: COUNT 25,933,478 W/FEATURES:
    IBM 2770-001 InfoPrint 70.  We
    have one of only a couple in the market now.
    IBM 4332-001 32ppm workhorse
    beats all comers for least cost per page. NEW IN BOX units available
    have some MICR 4332-004′s.
    IBM 6400-015 Get them while you still can.
    1352n and 1352 (4528-n01, 4528-001) over 250 pieces sitting NEW IN BOX below
    dealer cost.
    We have a “plethora” of IBM 4230-102′s.  Most others are fairly
    Lexmark 2480 – fast and durable desktop narrow carriage impact
    Lexmark Optra E 4026-070 cute 8ppm desktop laser
    Lexmark Optra
    M410 – more just in
    Lexmark Optra S1250, 1255, 1855’s – lots and lots sitting
    (most with ethernet).
    Lexmark Optra S1625 16ppm laser at a great value, Huge
    quantity of units sitting now.
    Lexmark Optra S2455 — 24ppm laser
    Optra Se3455 – 34 pages per minute and cheap-to-keep (16)

    Lexmark T612′s
    – over 70 units in stock now. Ask about ethernet upgrades.
    Lexmark T522′s –
    over 350 pieces in stock now.
    Lexmark T620 and T620n’s – 23 in stock
    Lexmark T630′s — over 150 units in stock now! Ask about ethernet

    Lexmark Optra W810 – 35ppm and 11×17 in a very solid printer.
    Bring your deals.
    Lexmark external Ethernet print servers (over 100)… less
    than $50 each!!
    Lexmark 4227plus- fast ASCII impact printer
    More trays and
    drawers for above lasers than I care to

    Multifunction upgrades for IBM and Lexmark machines
    (we have a few)
    Lexmark Optra T622
    Lexmark Optra T520
    Lexmark Optra
    Lexmark Optra T614
    Lexmark Optra T610
    IBM 1100 (45xx series)
    series (1120, 1125, 1130, 1140).  We have a few of each
    IBM 1145 (45xx
    IBM 1312
    IBM 1412
    IBM 4247-003
    IBM 4247-V03
    IBM 4232-302
    -Less than 20
    IBM 4224-1e3 twinax

    Check out

    David T. Mendelson

    Argecy Computer

    27280 Haggerty Road C21

    Farmington Hills, MI

    248-324-1800 x122