As a tech nerd and an endless tweaker, one of the things on my wanted list was a plotter. I remember drawing out stuff at my school in the beginning of the 90's using (crude) CAD software and just being stunned with the sheer precision and accuracy of the plotter when it was drawing stuff.
I got lucky and found a guy in Germany who had been selling these way back in the day and he had plotters at his storage in unopened boxes(!). I immediately ordered one and then started looking around the web on what software and hardware people use to get it to function with today's computers.
Luckily, it was very very easy (albeit a bit expensive, but hey, it's a hobby!) - I got a Centronics-->USB adapter and a Parallel-->USB adapter (just in case) and got it working through Chiplotle. Chiplotle worked fine, but I needed something that would print directly from Inkscape, like a real printer driver. After hours (actually, days) of searching, I stumbled on a custom driver called WinLine Classic, which pretty much sealed the case. Total control over the plotter through Windows' printer driver.
But first, let's see what's in the package (WARNING! Engineering porn):