[vcf-midatlantic] So, we're going to need an office computer.

Dave G4UGM dave.g4ugm at gmail.com
Fri Feb 5 16:16:46 EST 2016

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> Subject: Re: [vcf-midatlantic] So, we're going to need an office computer.
> > NO PCI slots, and PCI-E Serial Adaptors are a different animal....
> For 99% of use cases, USB serial adapters using Prolific or FTDI are
sufficient. I
> use two Prolific adapters with my desktop and laptop almost exclusively
> computers made before 1980 with no real problems.

I have a box full, and generally they work just fine, as you say!. Some of
my plotters don't like them, and some older real ports will do 45 & 50 baud
which is great for Baudot TTYs.
BUT in an office/museum situation, a real serial port can be useful, its one
less plug and socket to work loose, and it frees a USB port for other

> Thanks,
> Jonathan


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