May (05-05) - Old iron dies hard

May, 2005 Editorial (corrected)

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....

Also, IBM dropped a bomb -- Starting with V5r3, your AS/400 you will no longer be able to sell the proof of entitlement. 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.

Next month: Thin clients and terminals: my crystal ball.

Here's the latest hots and nots:
Sweet spots:
IBM 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: 4840,8524,9410,9941,9993,4367,4540,4540,9470)
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
Also have some MICR 4332-004's.
IBM 6400-015 Get them while you still can.
IBM 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 tight
Lexmark 2480 - fast and durable desktop narrow carriage impact printer
Lexmark Optra E 4026-070 cute 8ppm desktop laser
Lexmark Optra M410 - more just in
Lexmark Optra S1250, 1255, 1855s 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

Lexmark 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 now.
Lexmark T630's -- over 150 units in stock now! Ask about ethernet upgrades.

Lexmark Optra W810 - 35ppm and 11x17 in a very solid printer. Bring your deals.
Lexmark external Ethernet print servers (over 100)... less than each!!
Lexmark 4227plus- fast ASCII impact printer
More trays and drawers for above lasers than I care to admit....

Multifunction upgrades for IBM and Lexmark machines (we have a few)
Lexmark Optra T622
Lexmark Optra T520
Lexmark Optra T616
Lexmark Optra T614
Lexmark Optra T610
IBM 1100 (45xx series) series (1120, 1125, 1130, 1140). We have a few of each
IBM 1145 (45xx series)
IBM 1312
IBM 1412
IBM 4247-003
IBM 4247-V03
IBM 4232-302 -Less than 20
IBM 4224-1e3 twinax
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David T. Mendelson
Argecy Computer Corporation
27280 Haggerty Road C21
Farmington Hills, MI 48331
248-324-1800 x122
248-324-1900 fax