Keyspan on Wednesday announced that itis now shipping a new adapter that connects a pair of PS/2 devices, such as a mouse and keyboard, to a single USB port. It works with both Windows and Mac -- on the latter platform, it helps new Mac mini owners re-use the mouse and keyboard from an older PC, since the diminutive computer ships without in those input devices. It features an LED that lets users know itis working, and the PS/2 connectors are color-coded for matching them to the correct peripherals.
The adapter comes with a utility called HID Helper, which maps the keyboard and mouse to the Mac equivalents, turning the F12 key into an eject key, mapping the media keys to the pull-down menus in QuickTime, DVD Player and Safari, and more. Pricing is US$19.99. Mac OS X v10.1.5 or higher is required; HID Helper requires v10.3.