What do to with excess USB A-B Cables??

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  1. butaro

    butaro New Member

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    Hey all,
    I have about 300 or so A to B connection usb cables and i was wondering if anyone knows how i could transform these into something interesting or useful... I've been searching the internet for ideas but i havent really found anything. I cant really sell them...
    Any ideas?
     
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    Give me one to use with my cellie. Actually, I would trade em. I will trade you... 10DVD-Rs.
     
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    mdaniel S is for Shiksa

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    Why can't you sell them? You could blow them out on eBay quick.
     
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    :werd: Sell them for $0.10 each with $55.95 S&H
     
  6. butaro

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    Can't sell them because then i would get in shit from my work probably? lol

    They are extra but i can use them as long as i dont make money off them and im not using all 300 of them.

    If i take off a B end and make it a A-A cable can i use it for direct pc-pc connection through usb?
     
  7. mdaniel

    mdaniel S is for Shiksa

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    No. A USB-USB file transfer cable has a bulge in the middle that acts like a network adapter for each computer. A cable alone won't do anything.
     
  8. deusexaethera

    deusexaethera OT Supporter

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    Doesn't that bulge in the middle just allow room for the data wires to be crossed? I didn't think there were any electronics inside it.
     
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    No, it contains electronics to handle the signaling between the two computers. It also keeps the USB ports from frying each other. Unlike firewire, USB isn't designed to handle power being fed back to it from another machine. USB is not designed to be cross-connected like firewire or ethernet. That's why the cables are A-B in the first place.

    Think about it, if it was they would just sell crossover USB cables without a dongle in the middle, crossing the wires at one of the ends instead.
     
  10. deusexaethera

    deusexaethera OT Supporter

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    I would not be at all surprised if companies put the "dongle" in the middle for the express purpose of bullshitting the customer into thinking that something special is happening, when in fact there is only two crossed wires (data) and two disconnected wires (power).

    That said, I'll take your word for it.
     

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