NY Times Untangles the 'World of Cables'

NY Times Untangles the 'World of Cables'

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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