Who said only furry felines have nine lives? Thanks to manufacturers such as Keyspan, you can save orphaned serial devices, such as printers and modems.
The Keyspan USB Serial Adaptor is a converter cable that plugs into a USB hub and provides two serial ports. The easy-to-use Keyspan adaptor functions well and supports a wide range of devices, including select models of Apple StyleWriter and Hewlett-Packard DeskJet printers and all Epson printer models; Kodak, Olympus, and Nikon digital cameras; the 3Com Palm Pilot and Palm III; and all brands of standard external modems.
But there are restrictions. “Externally clocked” serial devices – those that control the data-transfer rate to the computer – are not supported, nor are LocalTalk devices.