Results 1 to 14 of 14
  1. #1
    Star Lounger E Pericoloso Sporgersi's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2010
    Location
    Flanders, Belgium, EU
    Posts
    71
    Thanks
    5
    Thanked 6 Times in 5 Posts

    Question What are those obscure adapters?

    Fred Langa's article about "Reusing old-style IDE/PATA hard drives" in issue 2013-09-11 was interesting.

    Several times I've used external enclosures to reuse hard drives and DVD-drives. I've always understood the need for compatible interfaces/cables/connectors, IDE to USB, SATA to USB, SATA to eSATA, SATA to Firewire, etc.

    But often I've read about intermediate adapters which were never adequately described or shown. Not being native to English, I have trouble understanding exactly what hardware was meant.
    I would love to have descriptions and images of these obscure adapters.
    What are they and what do they look like?

    "Piece o’ cake" (in Fred's aforementioned article)
    "Easy-peasy"
    "Duck soup"
    "Dongle"
    "DIY"

    and others just as confusing.

    Thanks in advance,
    E Pericoloso Sporgersi
    "It is Dangerous to Lean Out! [of Windows]"

  2. #2
    Super Moderator BATcher's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2008
    Location
    A cultural area in SW England
    Posts
    3,421
    Thanks
    33
    Thanked 195 Times in 175 Posts
    These are slang words or phrases which are often used by writers to appear 'matey' or 'chummy' or 'too-friendly', without thought for those whose native language is not American (nor even English!).

    "Piece o’ cake" - short for "piece of cake", meaning easy, straightforward, simple
    "Easy-peasy" - also means easy, but a childish version with an added rhyming word
    "Duck soup" - I'd have to look this one up myself. "Duck Soup" was the name of a Marx Brothers film.
    "Dongle" - a device inserted into a USB port (nowadays) but previously using the serial port of a PC. A USB Wireless Adapter is often called a "dongle"
    "DIY" - an initialism for "Do It Yourself", a task which you do yourself rather than paying a professional to do the work

    Yes, I agree that the writers on Windows Secrets should write clearly and without jargon or slang, and bear in mind that not everyone understands or is familiar with Americanisms. (If I see yet another mention of "DefCon n" (n=1..5) from a writer whose name begins with a 'W', I shall scream!)

    HTH - Hope This Helps, or Happy To Help...!
    Last edited by BATcher; 2013-09-12 at 08:41.
    BATcher

    Time prevents everything happening all at once...

  3. #3
    3 Star Lounger
    Join Date
    Apr 2012
    Posts
    240
    Thanks
    3
    Thanked 24 Times in 24 Posts
    I was familiar with the Dongle as being an interface cable, generally used on a laptop.
    For example, back in the 90's laptops didn't have ethernet connections built-in, so you'd use a PCMCIA card with it's own, non-standard connection. The dongle converted the PCMCIA interface to the required ethernet connection, usually through a 6" cable.
    The web also defines some security devices that are plugged into your computer as dongles: http://www.techterms.com/definition/dongle

    Doug

  4. #4
    Super Moderator jwitalka's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2009
    Location
    Minnesota
    Posts
    6,797
    Thanks
    117
    Thanked 799 Times in 720 Posts
    "Duck soup" - I'd have to look this one up myself. "Duck Soup" was the name of a Marx Brothers film.
    See Piece O Cake. Another slang term that means the same thing (easy, straight forward, simple).

    Love the Marx brothers. Duck Soup is a real classic.

    Jerry

  5. #5
    Star Lounger E Pericoloso Sporgersi's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2010
    Location
    Flanders, Belgium, EU
    Posts
    71
    Thanks
    5
    Thanked 6 Times in 5 Posts
    Who'd have thunk youse guys would fall for my little prank!
    Your legs came right off.
    E Pericoloso Sporgersi
    "It is Dangerous to Lean Out! [of Windows]"

  6. #6
    WS Lounge VIP access-mdb's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2009
    Location
    Oxfordshire, UK
    Posts
    1,726
    Thanks
    147
    Thanked 156 Times in 149 Posts

  7. #7
    Super Moderator BATcher's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2008
    Location
    A cultural area in SW England
    Posts
    3,421
    Thanks
    33
    Thanked 195 Times in 175 Posts
    Quote Originally Posted by E Pericoloso Sporgersi View Post
    Who'd have thunk youse guys would fall for my little prank!
    Your legs came right off.
    Serves me right for trying to be helpful. Don't ask again...
    BATcher

    Time prevents everything happening all at once...

  8. #8
    Super Moderator CLiNT's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2009
    Location
    California & Arizona
    Posts
    6,121
    Thanks
    160
    Thanked 609 Times in 557 Posts
    LOL
    DRIVE IMAGING
    Invest a little time and energy in a well thought out BACKUP regimen and you will have minimal down time, and headache.

    Build your own system; get everything you want and nothing you don't.
    Latest Build:
    ASUS X99 Deluxe, Core i7-5960X, Corsair Hydro H100i, Plextor M6e 256GB M.2 SSD, Corsair DOMINATOR Platinum 32GB DDR4@2666, W8.1 64 bit,
    EVGA GTX980, Seasonic PLATINUM-1000W PSU, MountainMods U2-UFO Case, and 7 other internal drives.

  9. #9
    WS Lounge VIP mrjimphelps's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2009
    Location
    USA
    Posts
    3,408
    Thanks
    447
    Thanked 405 Times in 377 Posts
    Quote Originally Posted by BATcher View Post
    Serves me right for trying to be helpful. Don't ask again...
    His English is perfect in his original post. He doesn't sound like someone who struggles with English.

  10. #10
    5 Star Lounger
    Join Date
    Dec 2009
    Location
    Slough, Berkshire UK
    Posts
    926
    Thanks
    55
    Thanked 52 Times in 50 Posts

    Cool

    The clue was in his signature
    Clive

    All typing errors are my own work and subject to patents pending. Except errors by the spell checker. And that has its own patients.

  11. #11
    Star Lounger E Pericoloso Sporgersi's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2010
    Location
    Flanders, Belgium, EU
    Posts
    71
    Thanks
    5
    Thanked 6 Times in 5 Posts
    ...



  12. #12
    Bronze Lounger DrWho's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2009
    Location
    Central Florida
    Posts
    1,501
    Thanks
    30
    Thanked 205 Times in 163 Posts
    Actually, years ago, there was software that was sold with a "Dongle" that had to be plugged into a port on the back of the PC, before the software would work. The Dongle was an attempt by the software writers to thwart software piracy. Often, a dongle was encased in a solid block of plastic, to thwart copying, of the circuitry inside.

    There was quite a Black Market in "Dongles", for programs costing hundreds or even thousands of dollars.

    The name has been erroneously applied to things we use today, that have nothing to do with thwarting Software Piracy.

    And yes, many people from the EU speak and write better English than we Americans do.

    The Doctor
    Experience is truly the best teacher.

    Backup! Backup! Backup! GHOST Rocks!

  13. #13
    WS Lounge VIP Browni's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2009
    Location
    Rochdale, UK
    Posts
    1,653
    Thanks
    38
    Thanked 161 Times in 139 Posts
    Quote Originally Posted by DrWho View Post
    Actually, years ago, there was software that was sold with a "Dongle" that had to be plugged into a port on the back of the PC, before the software would work. The Dongle was an attempt by the software writers to thwart software piracy. Often, a dongle was encased in a solid block of plastic, to thwart copying, of the circuitry inside.

    There was quite a Black Market in "Dongles", for programs costing hundreds or even thousands of dollars.

    The name has been erroneously applied to things we use today, that have nothing to do with thwarting Software Piracy.

    And yes, many people from the EU speak and write better English than we Americans do.

    The Doctor
    I remember them especially with Microfocus Cobol.

    The dongle was plugged into the parallel port of the PC that the software was being used on but had a passthru function to allow printers to perform as normal.

  14. #14
    Star Lounger E Pericoloso Sporgersi's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2010
    Location
    Flanders, Belgium, EU
    Posts
    71
    Thanks
    5
    Thanked 6 Times in 5 Posts

    Smile

    Quote Originally Posted by Browni View Post
    I remember them especially with Microfocus Cobol.

    The dongle was plugged into the parallel port of the PC that the software was being used on but had a passthru function to allow printers to perform as normal.
    Yes.

    In German folklore cobolds (Heinzelmännchen in Cologne, Germany) were gnomes with a big d... erm ... dongle, and they performed the same useful chores as the English and Scottish brownies.

    Microfocus borrowed the name but because they wanted to avoid upsetting any sensitivities, they dropped the d from cobold, hence Microfocus Cobol with a separate dongle.

    E Pericoloso Sporgersi
    "It is Dangerous to Lean Out! [of Windows]"

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •