Through the local MUG PghMac I am working with the local Goodwill Computer Recycling Center to rebuild Macs and peripherals. I keep looking at our hew-MON-gous stack of older LaserWriters. You know the lot: everything from some LaserWriter IIs up to a LaserWriter 4/600 PS or two. How can we get these back in service?
Aside from feed roller and gear issues, these are GREAT printers. I have a 4/600 PS ("Percy") that is still cranking out pages daily for 2 cents each. It's connected to my home LAN via an equally ancient and esteemed Shiva FastPath bridge. It has outlived several inkjets, which IMO have the lifespan of a hamster and the $$ appetite of a High Maintenance Significant Other.
Open Source software and inexpensive microcontroller chips can do wonders these days. I'm sitting here wondering if today there's an economical way to construct a new generation of bridge. I can imagine lots of possible variations, but I have no idea as to which is most viable.
DIN-8 serial to USB, for home single-computer connection?
DIN-8 LocalTalk to Ethernet, great for under-funded schools?
Heck, let's go whole hog, how about DIN-8 to 802.11G?
Is anybody aware of ANY efforts toward of the above? Or pieces-parts? Where would YOU start?