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Serial Port

Virtually all PCs have a serial port that you can use to connect your computer to an external modem, some types of printers, and handheld devices such as Palm organizers, among other things. Before USB came along a few years ago, the serial port was a vital link to the outside world. But these days, many devices can plug into a USB port instead of a serial port. Given a choice, I'd opt for USB because it's faster and easier to manage.


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