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Upside Down Data Cables

I've asked around, and it seems that most people have the same problem that I have with data cables. Specifically, people tend to plug data cables in upside down.

Whether plugging in HDMI, USB, MicroUSB, or MiniUSB cables, people seem to quite often try plugging data cables incorrectly, then rotate them, and then try again. Sometimes, even rotating a second time, because both sides did not work the first time.

Oddly, several people have told me that they more often guess incorrectly as to which side is correct on their first attempt. This seems quite odd, since logically everyone should have a 50% chance of getting it right the first time. Maybe the problem only appears skewed, since people may have gotten into the habit of plugging cables in incorrectly.

Whatever the cause of the problem, I think the solution is quite simple. Basically, engineers should invent data cables that connect and work in either configuration. Meaning that data cables would no longer have a single upside or top and a single downside or bottom. Either orientation would result with the same functional data cable thus making data cables reversible.

by Phil for Humanity
on 02/23/2012

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