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
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