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universal cable

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universal cable that works with all devices
Seneca, Apr 17 2018

Voynich manuscript https://en.wikipedi.../Voynich_manuscript
Very odd ... [8th of 7, Apr 17 2018]

600kV cable http://www.eaem.co....ngland-and-scotland
[Wrongfellow, Apr 17 2018]

Here's one with a converter box https://xkcd.com/1406/
But still a bunch of cables [RayfordSteele, Apr 17 2018]


       You know, you could put in a bit more effort and work this up into an idea.
MaxwellBuchanan, Apr 17 2018

       // a bit more effort //   

       ... or indeed any effort whatsoever ...
8th of 7, Apr 17 2018

       I have a three ton anchor on one of my ships that has a frayed cable. Will yours be up to the job?
pocmloc, Apr 17 2018

       I can never find an IEC60309 to micro-USB cable when I need one...
Wrongfellow, Apr 17 2018

       Yes, but if you can get IEC60309-to-SCART male, and SCART female to micro-USB, you can breed from them to make the one you need.
MaxwellBuchanan, Apr 17 2018

       "Frankencables ..."   

       In mediaeval manuscripts, all sorts of odd creatures were described, composed from portions of other creatures, such gryphons, basilisks and sphinxes. Even the Assyrian winged lions have their place ...   

       What is required here is a sort of Bestiary for cables, depicting all the weird hybrids that users want, a sort of Voynich Manuscript <link> for device interconnection.   

       If anyone has a spare 2.5mm stereo audio to 50-pin "D" SCSI cable, let us know ...
8th of 7, Apr 17 2018

       A quick survey reveals that all of [Seneca]'s ideas consist of a single sentence. That single sentence is usually a statement of the problem. Perhaps he or she is just creating placeholders for ideas to follow. Or perhaps he or she should team up with [vernon], who often posts ideas that consist of lengthy solutions to problems that haven't yet arisen.
MaxwellBuchanan, Apr 17 2018

       I wonder what Vince has to say about this. Or, for that matter, Despi.
MaxwellBuchanan, Apr 17 2018

       //if you can get IEC60309-to-SCART male, and SCART female to micro-USB, you can breed from them//   

       Don't you know how many unwanted SCART cables there are, pining their short and dismal lives away in sanctuaries and rescue homes worldwide?   

       Do the compassionate thing: have all your SCART cables neutered, and only get them from respectable breeders.
Wrongfellow, Apr 17 2018

       I'm looking forward to plugging my ipad into one of those cables that carries 600,000 volts and doubles up as a headphone cord.... totally universal.
xenzag, Apr 17 2018

       I'd never heard of a 600kV cable before, but Google suggests there is one, linking Glasgow to the Wirral and carrying up to 2200 megawatts of power.   

       I'm not sure I'd like to use it as a headphone cable, but it ought to charge my phone battery from flat in just under 20 microseconds, which certainly beats the charger that it came with.
Wrongfellow, Apr 17 2018

       I need, in no particular order : stereo headphone to line-in level ; floppy to usb ; scsi to sata.
FlyingToaster, Apr 17 2018

       This idea is easily implemented, provided that the manufacturers are allowed a certain latitude in their interpretation of "works" and "with". Anyone who has integrated any software with SAP will know what I'm talking about.
pertinax, Apr 18 2018

       // scsi to sata //   

       That we have, and with no intervening pc to act as a protocol negotiation agent.   

       Took a while, though.   

       It's not direct; PCI SCSI card to SCSI drive caddy with IDE internals; then IDE to SATA II adaptor card. It works, and is acceptably quick. Useful for bulk data transfers between legacy and current systems. Also useful for space heating, and as a tabletop for coffee.
8th of 7, Apr 18 2018

       <slosh ... THUD/>   

       Hmmm. Fine for data transfer, but bloody useless as a coffee table.
8th of 7, Apr 18 2018

       Where on earth might I store all these universal cables? They may be very long.   

       Wait! I know-I need to come up with a 'capable cable stable'.
bhumphrys, Apr 19 2018

       ... labelled "Mabel Grable's Fabled Capable Cable Stable".
pertinax, Apr 19 2018

       Do they also sell babel labels for unstable gabled tables? I heard that they are able. But it might have been just a fable. Do they take PayPal?
RayfordSteele, Apr 19 2018

       Babel labels are available in sable, from the cabal at the bazaar.
pertinax, Apr 20 2018

       Once you are able, using PayPal, to obtain fabled sable babel labels made for unstable gabled tables from the cabal at the bazaar, they’ll ably apply to Mabel Grable's Fabled Capable Cable Stable.
Sgt Teacup, Apr 20 2018

       If you had a few of these fail before their expected wear out period, would that affect their Weibull?
RayfordSteele, Apr 20 2018

pertinax, Apr 21 2018

       Funnily enough, I have just started to watch eXistenZ.
wjt, Apr 24 2018

       Pointing out the category is almost redundant.
Voice, Apr 24 2018

       Well, the category is relevant if it's a truly universal cable.
MaxwellBuchanan, Apr 24 2018

       The future will probably handle the mechanics but the definitions are a stumbling block. Eight wires to which eight connections? It' s purely made up by a human mind.
wjt, Apr 25 2018


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