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January 1992

Understanding Serial Wiring 
- I have seen intelligent adult human beings brought to the very edge of insanity by the (anticipated) simple connection of a terminal or a printer to a Unix system. I have seen the aftermath of such installations: solder-burned fingers, floors littered with clipped off RJ-11 phone connectors, and wires ending in amazing combinations of store-bought null modems, gender changers and straight-thru cable connectors.