On 25 Nov 2011 at 21:55, Tony Duell wrote:
Any ideas? I am getting fed up with having to
re-make a cable which I
know I made a couple years earlier, but for a different machine, and
which I now can't find.
I keep a wall-mounted pegboard on which I hang non-duplicate cables,
That's not a bad idea :-). Although it won't work for me becuase just
about al lthe walls here are covered in bookshelves (no, replacing those
boosk with e-books is not an option).
each with a tag attached to it that tells its
Yes, that was a second quesito nthat I forgot last night -- identifyign
the cables. Some are obvious (a mains plug to IEC 320 socket is going to
e wired the normal way, a BNC to RCA phono plug is also obvious . But
a DB25 to DB25 could be one of dozens of wirelists . Perhaps I should
put a number on each cable and keep a book of the wirelists (and hope I
don't loose the book) :-)).
 FOr ome unknown reason that cable grows legs. They're commonly needed
around here to connect compostie monitors to various amchines, and I must
have made at least 20 over the years. I can never find one when I need it.
 Worse 'craqy wirelist' I came across. A VGA (or so) monitor with a
DE15 socket on the back for the video input. It was supplied with a
cabvel with DE15 plugs on each end. What nobody told me was that the DE15
on the monitor did not have the normal 'VGA' pinout, the cable was
cross-connected so the other end would plug into a VGA socket. The only
differnce between the 2 ends of the cable was that the isulation between
the pins (not the moulded plug hood, but the bit inside the metal shell
was black at one end, white at the other. That led me a merry dance...
are squirreled away in boxes where I can forget about
Of course for some cables you may need several at the same time. The
obvious oen is mains 'kettle leads', if you want to power up the machine,
monitor, disk drive unit, logic analyser, etc. I often need 3 or 4 HPIB
cables at th same time too.