Needed some space in my office this weekend so I dared to empty out my cable drawer and throw out the cruft that has aggregated over 5 years. Serial cables — db9, db25, every gendered alternative of these, serial switchers, gender converters — all gone, hopefully I will never need one of these again. Parallel cables — cables, gender converters, switchboxes — again i hope all gone for good. Wall warts — a huge variety of amperages and voltages — I’ll cannibalize some for halloween projects but most are gone. Midi cables and midi interface boxes for old pcs. All kinds of goofy crappy quality audio cables — rca jack, mini jack, some with video too, all kinds of converters — i could still justify keeping some of these, tho most of them came bundled with some device and are of crappy quality. Enough rj-11 cabling to circle the globe — cables, gender converters, splitters — all gone. Coax gear — cables, splitters, switchboxes — most of it 900Mhz gear and thus incompatible with HDTV — all gone. Some old ps2 port mouse and keyboard cables/converters/extenders — gone.
I ended up with a much smaller pile — cat5 cabling, usb cables and converters, high quality audio cables, and some truly oddball a/v cables that probably are required for the various cameras I own but I can’t remember what goes with what — I’ll keep them so that I won’t have a disaster some day when I really need them.
I wish I could say that I’ll never have to do this again, but with HDMI, optical and copper spdif, higher speed evolutions of usb and firewire, cat5e, and gosh knows what else — I’ll probably have to do this again in 5 years.