NY Times Untangles the 'World of Cables'

NY Times Untangles the 'World of Cables'

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Taryn Williford
Jun 12, 2009

So, admittedly, some of us are not all tech experts. Even though we love a sleek MacBook and couldn't do without our iPod dock, we aren't exactly well-versed on all things home tech. Like we still get confused about the difference between composite cables and component cables...

Well the New York Times must figure that a lot of people out there are just like us. They've put together a slideshow called "A World of Cables, Unknotted" that gives you a rundown of 12 of the most common cables.

In the show, you'll get a photo-centric tutorial on each cable including what it is, what it's best used for, and how much you should pay for each one.

Included are: coaxial, composite, S-Video, component, HDMI (high definition multimedia interface), VGA (video graphics array), DVI (digital visual interface), Mini DVI, Ethernet (Cat-5 or Cat-6), USB (universal serial bus), Mini- and Micro-USB and Firewire cables.

If any of that just sounded like a foreign language, then get yourself over to NYTimes.com right now.

Image from JonnyIsGeek at Flickr with a Creative Commons License.

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