On 6/23/2019 8:56 PM, Larry McVoy wrote:
Arthur's comments bring back some memories.
I probably still have this,
a ribbon serial cable with male and female connectors on both ends and
a breadboard in the middle. I could hook anything to anything :)
That said, I'm *ecstatic* that I no longer have to deal with serial
I did a lot of work with RS232 in the 80's to the point where my
friend said I had coined a new phrase - basically sounds like
"Are-Ess-too-turdy-too" said really fast ;) (I'm from NY)
From serial lines that were slow, going to parallel interfaces for
printers, parallel SCSI, and a few other parallel interfaces, I
thought were nice, now we've gone back to SATA, SAS and PCI-E lanes
that are basically serial interfaces.
I have an RS232 breakout box I use for situations like this. Still
having to deal with DTE-DCE issues to this day with Cisco,
Nortel/Avaya, and other network, telecom or even SAN equipment. A
recent Dell Compellent SC7xxxx I installed came with a USB cable, but
it's really a USB to RS232 interface built into the controllers. SMH.
I'm still partial to having machines with real serial ports on 'em
although I have all the USB serial/parallel cables as well.
Still have a couple of desktops with Real RS232 ports just in case. My
old K6-2 has both the 5 1/4 and 3 1/2 inch floppies -- just in case.