RCA to TRS Adapter

Now here’s a classic for people fiddling around with stereo equipment and audio cables … the RCA to ¼” TRS adapter. This one shows marks of heavy usage, which make it look even more charming.

RCA to TRS Adapter
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Apple Mini-VGA to Composite Video/S-Video

Another vintage Apple adapter: converts Mini-VGA (available for iBook, eMac, or iMac G5) to S-Video and/or composite video output. I suppose this is one of the most scarcely seen Apple adapters of that particular style.

Apple Mini-VGA to S-Video/Composite Video Adapter
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Airline Headphone Adapter

Here’s an example of a quite strange adapter standard: in airplanes, most of the times a dual-mono TRS output is provided for the inflight entertainment. This means you cannot use your own headphones (unless they’re mono). The airline makes money out of selling these adapters, or – even worse – their branded headphones with two seperate mono plugs on them.

Airline Dual TRS Adapter
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Griffin iMate

This is an adapter of the early 2000’s: the Griffin iMate. When Apple finally decided to switch from Apple Desktop Bus aka ADB to USB for input devices, many users were confronted with having incompatible keyboards – the iMate could resolve this issue. (Btw: I love proprietary interfaces … opportunity for many adapters to be produced).
After all – it’s nicely coloured and perfectly “fits” the design of the blue-and-white PowerMac G3 as well as the G3 iMacs … erm …

Griffin iMate

Part one of the “Magic adapter box” (see post below).

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Voilà: the first contribution!

Besides a vast amout of regular readers, I have quite a handful of serious supporters – one of these unexpectedly handed me this beautiful box today – guess what’s inside!

A box full of adapters

Thanks, Erik! You’re all gonna see the content in the next few days …

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LTX-2 Thin Coax Transceiver IEEE 802.3 10Base2

Now here’s a little treasure in my collection. The LTX-2 Thin Coax Transceiver IEEE 802.3 10Base2, manufactured by Lantronix, made in USA.
Acutally I have no idea what this nice little gem was used for, but I believe you could use it to connect your computer via the 15-Pin D-Sub (left side) to a RG58 Coax-wired network (right).
I really like the positive approach on labelling the LEDs on it “Heartbeat” and “Power” – this could as well make up a very nice T-shirt design.

LTX-2 Thin Coax Transceiver IEEE 802.3 10Base2
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Apple DA-15 to VGA Adapter

Here’s an adapter for Macintosh desktop computers up to the G3 (until 1999): DA-15 to VGA (commonly referred to as DB-15 to VGA) – used to connect the computer to common CRT screens.
BTW — I’m very happy that Apple has overhauled its adapter design in the years thereafter …

Apple DA-15 to VGA Adapter
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IDE to USB

Here’s your typical cheap-o IDE to USB-Adapter, bought off eBay. I strongly recommend not using these, because they’re badly produced, fall apart quite easily and are very likely to screw up your data transfer. And they don’t even look good! Nevertheless, a must-feature here.

ideusb
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Rainbow Technologies Sentinel SuperPro

Okay, to start this off, let’s take a very nice adapter: Well, It’s not exactly an adapter – it’s a dongle. It was used on the serial port of your computer, supposedly to make QuarkXPress work. I kinda like the colors, and I love the name: Rainbow Technologies Sentinel SuperPro™ (labelled “Genius”).

Rainbow Technologies Sentinel SuperPro™
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