[rescue] Slightly OT: ?Bad Cap Saga

Scott Newell newell at cei.net
Tue Aug 19 12:41:50 CDT 2008

At 12:05 PM 8/19/2008 , der Mouse wrote:
>> I'm a bit saddened by missing serial, but I am not at all sad about
>> missing parallel.
>I am.  I find parallel ports very useful for driving random digital
>electronics.  I've built some three or four circuits designed to be
>driven off a parallel port, and it was a good deal easier than doing
>the corresponding thing with a serial port would have been.  (This is
>probably at least partially an artifact of what's in my toolbox, as it
>were, but I don't see that that invalidates the point.)

Yep, there's no easy replacement for a parallel port.  It's the closest
thing we have to a standardized geek port.

In my case, the add-on PCI parallel port card didn't work, but that's a
combination of the port, windows, and the braindead closed source driver
that only knows about the three legacy parallel port I/O addresses.


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