On Dealing With USB-A-to-C Charge Cables

UPDATE: A Mastodon friend grabbed one of the noncompliant devices and did a deep analysis. See the “More Technical Detail” section, below, for those details. UPDATE 2: Adafruit has an upcoming adapter that will solve this very problem. I own about a half-dozen rechargeable devices that have “USB-C” charge ports. You’ll note I put that … Continue reading On Dealing With USB-A-to-C Charge Cables

Living With USB-C

I’ve had my MacBook Pro for a little over 6 months now. It’s the one with the touchbar and only USB-C ports. I was worried that those ports — no “conventional” USB ports nor an SD card slot — would be the most difficult part of the laptop. (It turns out that the most difficult … Continue reading Living With USB-C

Rant: the razor-blade necklace fad

When I was a teen — late 80s, early 90s — the razor blade necklace was a fad.  You have probably seen them before.  You start with a ball-chain necklace and attach something that looks like (but is probably not actually) a double-edged razor blade.  Voilà!  Instant “edgy” “punk-rock” fashion accessory.  A Google Image Search … Continue reading Rant: the razor-blade necklace fad

The mice I dislike -or- looking for a new mouse (suggestions?)

I’m having a bit of difficulty finding a mouse I like at work. I really enjoy the magic mouse on my Macs at home, but at work I share time between a Windows and Linux system. Under Linux, you really need a center mouse button. There is a way to kludge a solution for a … Continue reading The mice I dislike -or- looking for a new mouse (suggestions?)

iPhone 3G USB power adapter recall

If you have an iPhone 3G, note that there is a recall on the ultracompact USB power adapter. You can get a free replacement by mail or in-person at the Apple Store starting October 10th. More information: http://www.apple.com/support/usbadapter/exchangeprogram/ Posted in: