Ever wondered why all of your PC’s connectors are weird colours, and who gets to decide what colour is what?
Intrigued by the fact that my old Gateway keyboard (on which I wore out the spacebar after less than a year of use) had an orange connector and my new Dell one had a purple one, and that my microphone connector was a rather effeminate shade of pink, I went in search of the answer. It turns out that the colours are defined by the PC99 standard (careful, it’s 1.5MB of PDF). The standard uses Pantone rather than RGB, so I’ve converted them to a swatch for you.
|Audio line in||Light blue||284C|
|Audio line out||Lime||577C|
|Digital monitor/flat panel||White|
|Serial||Teal or Turquoise||322C|
|SCSI, network, telephone, modem, and so on||None|
So now you know. (Bad Gateway! No cookie!) How does your computer score? Start with 10 points, and subtract one for each incorrectly-coloured connector or plug.