Just a little bit of trivia for those of you who like that sort of thing:
The company, Seiko/EPSON got it's name from the first Electronic Printer (depending on who it is that you ask, it was called either the EP
-1 or the EP
-101) -- EP
(SON) was the second generation of the Electronic Printer, called "EP's Son", hence EPSON.
Here is a web site with some details:
There are other web sites that mention the history of Epson, look around.
I remember back in the very early 1980s, I used to own an EPSON MX
-80 (80-column 5x7 dot-matrix printer -- I think that it was rated at 40-characters per second). I must have printed hundreds of reams of code on that thing -- 80-column and then with special software for my PC
, 132-columns on Green-and-White fan-fold-feed paper.
(sigh) -- Those were the days. The cloth + nylon ribbons on the Epson MX
and then the later FX
, would last forever, and you could always go the cheap route and re-ink the ribbons with cheap ink bottle, that you could buy from your local computer enthusiast and/or hobby store.
Well, ok, enough 'nostalgia' before I start getting depressed about my age.