I want to do, what I think is something simple.
We have a Canon ColorPass 1100 RIP and Printer. The RIP has an IP address and the printer does not. All communication goes through the RIP. I want to query the rip from my laptop and get a message back. I want to take that message and display it on my screen.
We have Macintosh OS X machines and Windows XP machines to run this on, so whatever platform you choose we can probably run it on something.
The end result is, I want to know when the printer is having a problem before everybody in the department calls me up to say something's wrong.