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Bluetooth dongle with an antenna. Hardware

What Is a Dongle?

A dongle is a piece of hardware used to make secured software run. Though effective for security, dongles are not common, since...

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Lisa Bigelow
A seven-pin SATA cable. Hardware

What Is SATA 6Gb/s?

SATA 6GB/s is an architecture for platter-based hard drives. With a fast data transfer rate, SATA 6GB/s hard drives can even...

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Margaret Lipman

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What Is a Switch Port?

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What Is a Front Side Bus?

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What Is a CRT Monitor?

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What Is a CDA File?

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