Monday, 22 September, 2003

Incompatible technical innovations

A couple of notes from the weekend's moving adventure:

In the past couple of years I've made it a point to buy power strips that have the outlets rotated 90 degrees from the traditional way, like this.

That makes it possible to plug in one of those wall wart transformers without blocking three or four outlets.  This particular model is especially nice, because it accommodates the really fat ones.  Imagine my surprise when I opened the package for my new USB hub and found that they'd rotated the prongs on the transformer!

Sometimes you just can't win.

Is it possible to buy a 10 foot SVGA cable?  When we placed Debra's monitor and computer we realized that the distance was more than the 6 feet provided by the existing cable.  I picked up a 10' extension at Fry's, but the ghosting on the screen made it unusable.  A gender changer to turn the extension into a regular cable produced similar results.  I finally broke down and spent $60 on a super shielded 6 foot extension, but there's still a little ghosting.  I don't understand why I can get a 10 foot digital video cable, but not a 10 foot SVGA cable.  I also don't understand why there's ghosting on Debra's monitor running at 1024x768, and none on mine running 1600x1200 and going through 10 feet of cable and a KVM switch.  If you know where I can get a 10 foot shielded SVGA cable, please clue me in.