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There oughta be a law...
Posted by: Lux Interior
Date: February 22, 2006 02:00PM
There oughta be a law that says all AC adaptors should be the same voltage and the connectors all the same size.

Every new accessory/gadget I buy comes with one and they all seem to have different output voltages and even if they do have the same voltage (the common 12 VDC, for example) the connector has a different inner/outer diameter and I can't use it for another device.

I took my external FW/USB hard drive home to transfer some files. I left the adaptor at the office since it was 12 VDC, and I knew I had several (probably 20) of those at home. So I get home and it turns out the center part of the plug is too fat for any of the ones I have at home.

I've got 1.5, 3.0, 4.5, 6.0, 7.5, 9.0, 12 and 15 VDC adaptors of varying sizes & shapes.

It's a crime, I tell ya!
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Re: There oughta be a law...
Posted by: SteveJobs
Date: February 22, 2006 02:17PM
I think the law should stipulate that all AC adapters have printed on BOTH ENDS the name of the equipment with which it goes.



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Re: There oughta be a law...
Posted by: cbelt3
Date: February 22, 2006 02:21PM
get a Universal Adapter. Done. I have a cheaper thingy than this, saves my butt regularly.
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Re: There oughta be a law...
Posted by: Seacrest
Date: February 22, 2006 02:30PM
THERE OUGHTA BE A LAW
By Richard Johnson

It seems that we have laws for everything but the stuff that can really get on our nerves. For instance, "there oughta be a law" to protect citizens from the airline passenger who maintains his seat in a fully reclined position while an in-flight meal is being served. So I propose that we start passing some much-needed legislation to crack down on the following offenses:

RESISTING A REST: Repeatedly disrupting an entire row of patrons at a theater or sports event by heading for refreshments, frequent rest-room visits and leg-stretching.

EUPHONIOUS ASSAULT: Playing the car radio at ear-splitting volume so the next driver is blasted into the back seat.

LANE SHARKING: Parking over two spaces in a crowded lot so that the adjacent space is rendered useless.

COFFEE-RIGHT INFRINGEMENT: Hurry-up restaurant employees who are too quick to bring your bill at the end of a meal.

VIOLATION OF INDIVIDUAL SWIVEL RIGHTS: Rotating a circular merchandise rack while another shopper is browsing on the other side.

BREAKING AND EXITING: Slipping away after dropping a bottle of pancake syrup while in an empty grocery-store aisle.

SORRY I MISSED HIM'MEANOR: Intentionally returning unwanted phone calls when you know the party who called will be out.

KIDYAPPING: Failure to get off the subject of your children.

POLY-GAMEY: Attempting to watch two televised football games and a tennis tournament simultaneously on a Sunday afternoon by means of rapid-fire, remote-control channel surfing.

LABOR FRAUD: Politicians who roll up their sleeves only when posing for campaign photographs.
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Re: There oughta be a law...
Posted by: rgG
Date: February 22, 2006 02:55PM
"SORRY I MISSED HIM'MEANOR: Intentionally returning unwanted phone calls when you know the party who called will be out. "

Haul me away, I'm guilty. grinning smiley





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Re: There oughta be a law...
Posted by: Lux Interior
Date: February 22, 2006 02:55PM
SteveJobs Wrote:
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> I think the law should stipulate that all AC
> adapters have printed on BOTH ENDS the name of the
> equipment with which it goes.

But that's the beauty of them all being the same. It doesn't matter which one you use if they're all the same voltage & size!
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Re: There oughta be a law...
Posted by: Michael
Date: February 22, 2006 03:24PM
Yes! I'd vote for anybody who runs on that platform.
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Re: There oughta be a law...
Posted by: bangman
Date: February 22, 2006 03:28PM
I agree that there should be a name printed.



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Re: There oughta be a law...
Posted by: rgG
Date: February 22, 2006 03:31PM
I have some of my dads old computer equipment. He labeled all the transformers and cables with little stickers. He was very organized. The little stickers are still on there and I never have to worry about what goes to what.





Roswell, GA (Atlanta suburb)
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Re: There oughta be a law...
Posted by: blusubaru
Date: February 22, 2006 04:12PM
I color code all of my audio gear.
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Re: There oughta be a law...
Posted by: Jimmypoo
Date: February 22, 2006 06:30PM
I use a branding iron.

It can mess up little plugs... and it didn't do much good on the Pismo screen, but there is no doubt about which PS and which computer go together.
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