I was brought up in the desktop computer age. The first PC I ever owned was a hand-me-down that would lie horizontally on your desk and you would place your large bulky CRT monitor on top of it.
That was great to learn how to use the computer but I soon outgrew it and so I saved up for months for a desktop that would stand vertically on the floor. I had this customised with a better sound card and speakers as this one had a DVD player too (!)
I was the envy amongst my friends (for about 6 months) but because of the various upgrades and peripherals, the back of the machine looked messier than one of the children’s mazes!
Thankfully, USB cables were soon introduced and as manufacturers started adopting these with their products, consumers lives were made so much simpler as you could often use the same USB cable for different devices.
However, these things tend not to stay simple for too long as mini-USB connectors and micro-USB connectors were introduced in an effort to make products smaller and better. There have also been different versions, from the original 1.0 which was released back in 1996, to 2.0 and 3.0 which were released in 2000 and 2008 respectively, each offering better data transfer rates each time.
The one lesson I’ve learnt too is that some USB cables provide power only, but some provide power and data transfer. For example, we have two really nice long USB cables which we bought separately. We use them to charge the PS3 controllers. One of the cables is capable of transferring photos from out digital camera but the other does not! So my tip is to always use the manufacturer cable provided with the product. If you don’t have it available then seek advice from a reputable retailer.
Have you had any nightmare stories with your cabling?
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