The Big Think

September 7, 2004

Cable Woes

Filed under: Macintosh — jasony @ 5:50 pm

I’ve been trying for a couple of days to get some new home automation hardware running. Unfortunately, I’ve been having some problems with it. I think I’ve narrowed it down to a cabling issue (too many adapters in the loop), but I can’t seem to find the cable I need. What I’m looking for is a Mac Din8 to a PC Serial (DB09M). It looks like this. In fact, the one in the link is exactly what I need, except that it’s wired incorrectly. The cable in the pic is wired straight-through, but I need the wires to be hooked up thusly:

NC = Not Connected

DIN8 DB9
1 NC
2 NC
3 3 TX
4 5 GND
5 2 RX
6 NC
7 NC
8 NC

Having never soldered a wire like this together myself, I decided to put a call out to the three people who read my blog (hi mom). Does anyone know where I can get a custom-wired cable like this.
And while I’m at it, why isn’t something like this standardized? Grrr….

Millard Twins

Filed under: Uncategorized — jasony @ 1:46 am

Congrats to Mark and Allison! Twins!

Quoth

Filed under: Quoth — jasony @ 1:35 am

The bane of any life is a lack of things that matter, but the other bane of modern life is an excess of things that matter too much.”
James Lileks

Stuffed Nose

Filed under: Uncategorized — jasony @ 1:32 am

Just be glad you don’t have to write in Chinese. What must their typewriters look like? 🙂

TivoFlix

Filed under: Uncategorized — jasony @ 12:14 am

via engadget: They’ve been making noise about doing video-on-demand before, but TiVo actually took everybody’s advice and is teaming up with Netflix to introduce a new service where if you subscribe to both TiVo and Netflix you’ll be able to get your DVDs delivered to you directly over the Internet rather than having to wait for the discs to arrive through the mail (you will have to wait a few hours for the movie to download to your TiVo’s hard drive). The deal hasn’t been totally finalized yet (it’s still awaiting approval of TiVo’s board of directors), but we’re still sorta dealing with all the weirdness of the two companies actually listening to what people were telling them and teaming up—we never thought it’d actually happen.

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