The wall wort for my router died this morning. While I was looking for a
replacement in my stash of 30+ wall worts that have piled up over the
years, I had to sift through a bunch of RS-232 related items.
I've got RS-232 cables, 25 to 9 pin adaptors, 25 pin gender changers, and
even a Smart Cable with switches and LEDs that we used at work to help us
figure out how to configure a cable to get 2 devices talking to each other.
Do you think it's safe to throw this stuff out? I know that RS-232 is still
used in some industrial environments, but it isn't going to make a come
back in the personal computer world anytime soon, is it?
Nostalgia is a strange bird.
Surely unless you've got some device around that is still serial that
you're interested in it's highly unlikely you'll ever miss any of it,
But, you might if you're inclined to putter, see if the analyzer/etc.
might just fetch something on eBay--who knows, a lot of what looks like
old junk brings a fair amount of pocket change...
I guess my comment on "nostalgia being a strange bird" wasn't enough to
show that I wasn't being totally serious.
I should have added a smiley face or something.
If I tossed out everything in that big box of cables that I'll never use
again, I could put the rest in a shoebox...and then never use any of that
I've got half-dozen or more boxes of similar stuff from the lab when
retired and moved back to the farm...serial, GPIB (IEEE-488), parallel,
proprietary from half-dozen or more data-acq collection boxes, the
Analogic Data 6000 digital signal analyzer (100 k(!!!)Hz 4-ch 14-bit
A/Ds were nearly mind-boggling at the time), etc., etc., etc., ...
On 7/29/2012 3:10 PM, email@example.com wrote:
I found the operative word there to definitely be "usually" -- had
several things that simply wouldn't over any adapter I could find...the
wonderful thing about 232 was the standard--"there were so many to
choose from" was, unfortunately all too true a quip... :( :)
Thus the reason for the Smart Cable. We used to struggle trying to get
equipment from different manufacturers to talk to each other via RS-232
until I stumbled across the Smart Cable in a magazine years ago - way
before Google. Apparently you can still get them.
That thing sure beat the old breakout box.
We would get a customer up and running, leave the Smart Cable in place and
then order or build the correct cable for a permanent installation.
You never know when you will need older computer stuff. I bought an old
piece of radio test equipment. It was maybe 15 years old. Origional price
was around $ 50,000. Bought it for less than $ 1,000. It can be programmed
and needs a PCMCIA card. I had to borrow an old laptop with Windows 98 on
it to get a computer with a pcmcia slot in it so I could program it.
Industrial environments are most likely RS-422 or RS-485.
I use it all the time (it's often buried inside other appliances) but I doubt
I'll ever use it at home again. I should go through all that stuff and purge
it, but DD is right. It's tough to get rid of all that stuff.
I have a pile of Centronics cables. I just came across an inkjet printer that
has a Centronics port, too. It's been through two moves and we're moving
again. It will likely end up in the new house, too. It's 50:50 right now.
1-We admitted we were powerless over cables—that our collection had become
2-Came to believe that a technology newer than ours could restore us to
3-Made a decision to turn our cables and our wall worts over to the care of
the trash as we understood It.
4-Made a searching and fearless moral inventory of our cables.
5-Admitted to AHR, to ourselves, and to another human being the exact
nature of our hoarding.
6-Were entirely ready to have someone remove all these remnants of ancient
7-Humbly asked Waste Management to remove our old electronics.
8-Made a list of all cables we had stored, and became willing to untangle
9-Made a direct untangling of all such messes wherever possible, except
when to do so would injure ourselves or others.
10-Continued to take technological inventory, and when we didn't need it,
promptly tossed it.
11-Sought through prayer and meditation to improve our conscious contact
with USB2 as we understood It, praying only for knowledge of its will for
us and the power to charge our devices.
12-Having had a spiritual awakening as the result of these steps, we tried
to carry this message to cableholics and to practice these principles in
all our affairs.
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