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post Mar 13 2010, 09:06 AM
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The title says it all, yesterday I spent another 1 1/2 hour searching for a specific adapter to my old video-camera before I found it. I have made a calculation on this issue and I spend bout 4-5 hours a week in searching of those damned things. So therefore I curse the whole electronics industry, and from now on I'm only gonna use devices with real power-units!

I have a box in my basement that consists of 60-70 adapters, and by looking at them no one can tell what they are good for. The manufactorers doesn't even bother to put their own name on them anymore, they rather buy some cheap garbage and send it along with their device. Even on expensive products, You can't have one without an adaptor, and its most annoying. Neither is there any standard, when I lost my adaptor to my Nikon camera, I had to order one from Nikon that costed me some 50 Euro's - if I still had been an electronic hobbyist, I could have built this one for 3 Euro's........

So therefore I now declare War against the manufactorers - I want real power units in the devices, otherwise I'm gonna take all the cables on my adapters and make some ropes out of them in order to hang the responsible persons for this madness.

//Staffay

EDIT: And now I'm looking for a head-phone adaptor..... mad.gif

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post Mar 13 2010, 09:41 AM
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Or you could label them tongue.gif


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post Mar 13 2010, 10:16 AM
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QUOTE (Mr T @ Mar 13 2010, 09:41 AM) *
Or you could label them tongue.gif


Hmmm, that might be a good idea in the case og the 60 one's already lying there, but what about those I can't find??? They goes hand in hand with the picks we discussed the other day - eg. they live their own life and are NEVER on location when needed.... laugh.gif

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post Mar 13 2010, 10:58 AM
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I sympathise Staffay - we have far too many here as well. My wife never labels those for her stuff. She just throws them all in a crate and leaves me to untangle and sort them out. The other thing I hate about chargers/adaptors is that the info plate is often really hard to read in poor light (OK maybe my eyesight is poor due to old age rolleyes.gif ).

The other thing I'd add is that it would be nice if there was convergence on audio signal cables. Here we have:

1/4 inch jack
1/4 inch TRS
mini jack
XLR male and female
AES/EBU XLR analogue male and female
AES XLR male female digital
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post Mar 13 2010, 11:24 AM
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QUOTE (tonymiro @ Mar 13 2010, 10:58 AM) *
I sympathise Staffay - we have far too many here as well. My wife never labels those for her stuff. She just throws them all in a crate and leaves me to untangle and sort them out. The other thing I hate about chargers/adaptors is that the info plate is often really hard to read in poor light (OK maybe my eyesight is poor due to old age rolleyes.gif ).

The other thing I'd add is that it would be nice if there was convergence on audio signal cables. Here we have:

1/4 inch jack
1/4 inch TRS
mini jack
XLR male and female
AES/EBU XLR analogue male and female
AES XLR male female digital
Spdif phono
spdif digital
Tdif
USB 1, 1.1, 2 (and probably 3 very soon)
Tascam D Sub 15 pin audio
Tascam DSub 15 pin digital
Tascam D Sub 9 pin digital
Firewire
mini firewire
....


Yeah, thats also a total mess, let's hang them manufactorers too!!!! biggrin.gif
But I have a neat solution on this one - NEVER throw away any cable/contact/jack and visit the local electronics store at least once a year and buy one of each item they may possible have! *I just realized why I have enough cables to route a signal to Siberia... tongue.gif )

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post Mar 13 2010, 12:41 PM
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I once had the same problem, with a bunch of adapters, and I solved it very easily - I threw them all away smile.gif


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post Mar 13 2010, 01:02 PM
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I agree Staffy! I lost so much time looking for them. What is worst, they don't label what the adapter is for in any way on the unit. Its really annoying sometimes I look at the adapter trying to remember what is it for...Why don't they manufacture adapters same brand as product, or include it in the unit.


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I couldn't agree more!

Why don't they use a universal power adapter for everything! laugh.gif
Something like the USB, only to charge moble phones/ipods/gaming systems/cameras... it can't be that difficult laugh.gif


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post Mar 13 2010, 02:53 PM
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Mobile phones will use same adapters in the future I believe.


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post Mar 13 2010, 04:06 PM
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Hehe, I know how you feel! I also am not fan of cables, can't wait for wireless electricity, which is not far away!


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post Mar 13 2010, 08:01 PM
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You should see some of my drawer man .... You can resume that in a big knot... I hate looking for those things It is such a waste of time .....


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post Mar 14 2010, 09:34 AM
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I get palpitations with all the adaptors in this house I tell ya! Im with ya staffay, lets throw some adaptors at some politicians, or better yet, at someone from apple!
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post Mar 14 2010, 10:03 AM
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QUOTE (sted @ Mar 14 2010, 09:34 AM) *
I get palpitations with all the adaptors in this house I tell ya! Im with ya staffay, lets throw some adaptors at some politicians, or better yet, at someone from apple!


Lets throw some on Gill Bates as well, and on the whole japanese electronic industry - I'll bet its because they lost the war they are doin this to us!!! laugh.gif


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QUOTE (sted @ Mar 14 2010, 09:34 AM) *
I get palpitations with all the adaptors in this house I tell ya! Im with ya staffay, lets throw some adaptors at some politicians, or better yet, at someone from apple!


The macbook power adapter is probably the best innovation for power adapters though. The maglock is pure awesome.


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QUOTE (Ivan Milenkovic @ Mar 13 2010, 12:41 PM) *
I once had the same problem, with a bunch of adapters, and I solved it very easily - I threw them all away smile.gif

yeah that's a very effective solution tongue.gif I have used it, it works


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I had a similar problem, we are all ready to play/record and one suddently one tiny adaptor is missing..... sad.gif


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