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Printers and multi-up printing

Dear Anil Patrick R,

I am a regular reader of Network Magazine. I like the magazine very much because it explains various IT concepts in such a way, that even a person without a technical background can comprehend. Keep up the good work.

Your articles on network printers titled 'Printing in the Enterprise,' which appeared in the 'Tech Update' section of the September 2003 issue were very interesting and informative. I have a few queries on the topic.

What is multi-up printing? How can a printer be configured to go into a power-saving mode after a certain amount of idle time? I could not find these options in my printer settings. I use an HP Laserjet 6 L Gold.


Prashant Lokhande

Dear Prashant Lokhande,

Thank you very much for your kind words of appreciation and encouragement. Here are my responses to your queries.

Multi-up printing is basically the means of fitting more than one page's content into a single print-out page. Suppose you want to take a print-out of a Web page, which is rather long, and runs into many pages, you can use the multi-up printing utility. For example, this will fit four pages or more into a single page.

Some advantages are reduction in the use of paper, less printer wear and tear, and less use of the ink.

Here's a link for more information on this:

In your HP Laserjet 6L Gold, the power saver mode is the 'sleep mode' which you will find in the printer menu. Basically, the printer will go into a standby kind of mode after a certain period of inactivity.

If you have the instruction manual at hand, flipping through it may produce a number of functionalities you were perhaps unaware of.

More warehouses please

Dear Brian and Soutiman,

Your articles in Network Magazine are very good.

I read the article titled 'A warehouse of value' in the October 2002 issue of Network Magazine. It talked about the data warehouse initiative at Godrej Consumer Products Limited and was very interesting and informative.

My company is in the process of implementing a data warehouse. Do you have any other case studies on the same lines, which can help educate me and my team on the various facets of implementation?

Waiting for a positive response from your side.


Anirban Das
Systems Department
Aptech Limited, India

Dear Anirban Das,

Thank you for writing to us.

We are glad that you found the article useful. Here is some more warehouse-related material. I hope it can be of use to you. All the best for your warehouse initiatives.

July 2003, Cover Story case studies with Reserve Bank of India, BPL Mobile, and Kisan Ratilal Choksey Shares & Securities.

February 2003, Case Study with Standard Chartered Bank, titled 'Banking on customer relations'.

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