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Re: [RTTY] USB Dongle Sound Cards

To: RTTY Reflector <rtty@contesting.com>
Subject: Re: [RTTY] USB Dongle Sound Cards
From: Kok Chen <chen@mac.com>
Date: Tue, 11 Dec 2012 14:55:40 -0800
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On Dec 11, 2012, at 2:06 PM, Gedking@aol.com wrote:

> Just what does a Dongle do???

I think he means a small external USB Sound Card.

Dongles used to mean something proprietary (but moderately inexpensive to 
manufacture) that you attach to the computer's serial or parallel port, without 
which a piece of (expensive) software that keys to it would not run -- a way 
for developers to keep people from pirating software.  If K6STI had shipped a 
dongle with RITTY, he could still be publishing ham software today (or at least 
the pirates would need to reverse engineer the dongle :-). 

Common usage of "dingle" nowadays seems to be any small device that you plug 
into a computer.

Some of the cheap "sound cards" out there are no larger than a small USB memory 

Chen, W7AY

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