Does that include Sound Blaster for IBM's MicroChannel Architecture?
No, currently it only supports setting the bit that puts a positive pulse on the PC speaker. Work is in progress on support for resetting that bit, so in the meantime it's a maximum of one click sound per session.
The cool part, though, is that with the microkernel architecture, this is all managed via userspace code!
You're the one who first i brought an uncalled for expletive into this thread out of the blue. Yes, that was irritating.
It sure as hell is obscure. I would bet good money that 99% of US households do not have a stupid ribbon cable MB header to D-shell adapter on hand. For the vast majority of the population, if they want to plug an old-school serial peripheral into a modern computer, they're going to wait a few days for mail-order shipment before they get to use their device. (Or else get a USB-to-serial converter, which is much more mainstream and might be available locally.) Either way, the serial port is still dead.
And for your information, if you don't have a DVI-to-VGA physical adapter, you simply aren't going to be plugging your VGA monitor into a DVI-only video card. To actually use a port, you need BOTH electrical and physical compatibility. This isn't rocket science.
They used to include them sometimes, but I haven't seen one of those adapters included with a MB in the past several years. I doubt many people bothered to install them even if they got them. I didn't.
If it needs a an obscure adapter to use it, that doesn't count.
There are all sorts of adapters out there: SATA to PATA, Big keyboard DIN to mini DIN, DVI to VGA, 9-pin serial to 25-pin serial. None of those actually resurrect a dead format.
serial ports were around back when the power cable was still attached
hell serial ports predate computers
9-pin serial ports were a nonstandard "optimization" introduced with the PC/AT, which was in the early 1980s. These ports have arguably have been more dead than the VGA connector for some time. A couple of motherboards I bought this year still happen to have VGA connectors, but no external 9-pin serial port.
Physical media doesn't have an unlimited shelf life due to decay of the physical media. Do your cassettes still work?
When I was a kid in the I bought a box of old cassette albums at a garage sale. Most of them were made in the 1960s, including gems such as "In-A-Gadda Da-Vida" and Wilson Pickett's cover of "Hey Jude". They still work just fine, and I ripped them to mp3s a couple of years ago.
(Those cassettes do feel much heavier than modern ones, and IIRC, they say "Made in Elk Grove Village, IL by Ampex". I suspect that they were quite a bit pricier than the vinyl versions when they were new.)
I've also ripped all my vinyl records, some made in the 1950s, and hundreds of CDs, many going back to the 1980s, without any significant errors. The only format that's had a lot of problems were my handful of 8-track tapes, about half of which had the loop break at the splice or the foam pressure pad disintegrate.
I THINK THEY SHOULD CONTINUE the policy of not giving a Nobel Prize for paneling. -- Jack Handley, The New Mexican, 1988.