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Cables in the Era of Technology

ByAnthony Hendriks

Jun 23, 2016

There are many ways technology has touched our lives and it is safe to say we live in a tech driven world. You go to hospitals, schools and banks and you see the use of computer based systems; you walk through the streets and you come across people listening to music while walking and using their mobile phones and iPads to watch videos, including films. The choice of devices is endless and with all the brands available, we see continuous changes in models almost within every new season. You will barely find a modern society home without the use of technology, and as of late the number of devices that a family owns keeps on increasing.

Now, as much as there are a lot of decisions to be made regarding the types of gadgets you want to buy, there is a great deal of choosing cables as well since there is a myriad available for sale that you will stumble upon. It is advisable to know some bits of information regarding the particular type of cable you need and have the device in mind that you need it for to have an easy purchase. When it comes to the basic distinction between cable types, there are flat and round, whereas audio types can be either balanced or unbalanced.


On the one hand, the difference between flat and round is in the way the wires they are comprised of are structured and insulated, with the round ones being less flexible because of their construction and the multiple layers of insulation needed, while the flat ones are also more suitable in cases of temperature rise. A balanced audio cable, on the other hand, is comprised of three wires and the signal is transmitted among two balanced devices thus, it is better than an unbalanced one for a long run with no noise problems. Since it all revolves around devices, there are different kinds of cables specialised for networking.

Perhaps the most widespread cable of today is the USB, Universal Serial Bus which is used for connecting many devices, providing a connection between PCs and laptops with mobile phones, cameras, printers, iPads and drivers among others, for transferring data and charging. The USB can be divided into several categories, depending on the device it is meant for: USB type A for cameras, computers and such, USB type B for printers and scanners and Mini USB for phones. When it comes to network, you are looking for the cable that connects to the router so you should be after an ethernet cable. With technology constantly improving, we also witness the change of cable types, which can be seen with the appearance of HDMI, the cable for transmitting a great deal of data and transferring high definition audio and video signals, that can replace VGA and soon DVI. DVI is the one still used with computer monitors. Once you have all the cables you need, to become more organised and avoid getting all tangled, buy cable holders and organisers or find some DIY solution.

By Anthony Hendriks

The life of the party, Anthony is always up for spending some time with family and friends, when not blogging of course! Ever since a child, his love for books of mystery, race cars and travelling keeps on growing so it's difficult for him to single out that one all-time favourite hobby. If there's one thing he hates, though, it's having pictures taken but you already guessed that from his choice of plant photo for the blog.