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Old 07-20-2010, 06:06 PM   #21
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WTH is a TV dongle? Is it for viewing the Playboy channel?
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A dongle is a piece of hardware that attaches to a computer in order to make a piece of secured software run. A dongle in this sense is used as a high-end form of security to prevent the unauthorized copying of software, since making a copy of the hardware itself is much more difficult than simply copying the software. The fairly absurd word seems to have been chosen more or less at random as a placeholder to describe the device when it was first used, and over time it was adopted as the actual name.
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But the list of streaming movies is getting better, and they have a pretty decent collection of TV series you can stream and watch. But it seldom includes new, well received movies. And for some reaason, even a lot of older movies aren't available for downloading.
That seemed odd to me, too. I figured every old classic or infamous 'B' movie or 'made-for-TV' movie would be out there, but not so. I kinda wanted to watch "Pirates of Silicon Valley", but not enough to take a precious slot from DWs DVD queue.

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A dongle is a piece of hardware that attaches to a computer in order to make a piece of secured software run. A dongle in this sense is used as a high-end form of security to prevent the unauthorized copying of software, since making a copy of the hardware itself is much more difficult than simply copying the software. The fairly absurd word seems to have been chosen more or less at random as a placeholder to describe the device when it was first used, and over time it was adopted as the actual name.

I will disagree with wisegeek on this one.... the device that they are talking about is a HASP... which I found out recently stands for 'hardware against software piracy'... one of our vendors use these for all their software... (adding this comment later.... this IS a dongle... but it is a specific type of dongle... there are others as mentioned below)

A dongle is a general name for something that attaches to a computer that does something... if you have a wireless mouse... you have a dongle attached to your computer which receives the signals and tells the computer what to do... it has nothing to do with the software... and the dongles that my friend has are wireless connections that are not inbedded in his hardware...

I wonder if you could call a flash drive a dongle hmmmmm
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I wonder if you could call a flash drive a dongle hmmmmm
Or that thing operating the keyboard?
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A dongle is a hardware authentication device or hardware key. It doesn't refer to anything that plugs into your computer. A flash drive is not a dongle.

If your (or anyone's) wireless mouse uses a dongle then there is some sort of authentication between your mouse and your computer. Imagine a room full of wireless mouse driven computers and the problems involved with all of the different commands being sent. The dongle (in that case) resolves (and authenticates) that it will only follow commands from your mouse in your computer.
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A dongle is a hardware authentication device or hardware key. It doesn't refer to anything everything that plugs into your computer. A flash drive is not a dongle.

If your (or anyone's) wireless mouse uses a dongle then there is some sort of authentication between your mouse and your computer. Imagine a room full of wireless mouse driven computers and the problems involved with all of the different commands being sent. The dongle (in that case) resolves (and authenticates) that it will only follow commands from your mouse in your computer.
Maybe you meant to say this... because they actually do connect to the computer...

from wiki "A dongle is a small piece of hardware that connects to a laptop or desktop computer for the purpose of copy protection or authentication of software to be used on that system.[1]"

But... we digress....
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With the right (and, I might add, abundant) equipment, I find it easy but... not simple.

How have you done it?


Two cords is abundant?

For the Macbook, I plug in the mini-dvi to S cord, plug in the sound cord, and then switch the display. That's it.

The PC laptop is the same but the video cord cost $10 less.
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That's one of the reasons why I don't have time for DVD's!! Too interested in the books I've been reading, and in other interests I have been pursuing in retirement. And to me, tying up my Wii (which has so many active/reactive entertainment options) with more passive entertainment options is a waste of its potential.
Anybody with a Venza, a Kindle and a Wii is not a fuddy duddy!

BTW I don't have any of the above. I have a Blackberry, a 7 year old Toshiba laptop, a 13 year old 32" Panasonic TV (the big box kind) and a 15 year old Honda. I still have a turntable and some of my favourite LPs, although I admit I haven't played them for years. Oh, and I read books. You know, the ones with paper....
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Two cords is abundant?

For the Macbook, I plug in the mini-dvi to S cord, plug in the sound cord, and then switch the display. That's it.

The PC laptop is the same but the video cord cost $10 less.
Okay. I give up. I believe you. Where do you get the TV signal from?

I use a dual SiliconDust tuner and SageTV software. Easy to hook it all up but not that simple... what with (for instance) Multi-channel receivers and all. Of course, I get my TV OTA; other sources may, in fact, be a two cord connect, I don't know.
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I think the correct term for what the OP observed was a doohickey. Because dongle has a specific purpose.
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