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The great cable & adapter changeover

By Andrew Pollack on 05/29/2005 at 10:41 PM EDT

As someone who still travels a good deal on business and used to travel a great deal my backpack/briefcase/computer bag is a wonder of modern packing. I carry such an array of cables, adapters, wires, and such as to be able to connect to, repair, display on, or interface with nearly everything. In recent years the cable set requirements have changed. I've added a USB Mini-Hub, a travel wifi router/bridge, a usb backup hard disk, and so on and so forth. What I hadn't done until tonight was remove anything from the kit. Well, tonight marks the end of an era. I no longer have six different telephone line connectors for various countries and I no longer carry any kind of floppy drive. The only people who hand me floppy diskettes anymore are on the fire department, and I doubt that I'd have anywhere to call into on a modem anymore if I did connect it to something.

Times change. Have you gone through your travel bag recently?

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Changing these cables for modern onesBy Jens Augustiny on 05/30/2005 at 05:02 PM EDT
So you probably have also removed your IRDa-cable from the set, as you no
longer need to connect home through your cellphone anymore. Do you know a
location, where these can be recycled in a manner that respects environment

Must have been you that got that interesting looking WLan cable some time ago
on eBay. Darn, I was simply too late .....


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