USB cable tips
I found retractable cables for most of my electronic devices for $3 or $5 including shipping on eBay. So now I don't have to drag along the meter long cables in the laptop bag. (That's 3 feet for my metrically challenged American friends.) While I
found a connector for my 5 year old Palm I couldn't find one for the proprietary end of my new Nikon compact camera! Shame on you Nikon for using a proprietary end with the standard USB micro connector likely would’ve worked. Grrrr.
Of course I’ll probably still drag along my cables but I’ll put them in a Ziplock bag in my luggage. It would really irritate me if one of those retractable cables went bad and I had to spend $20 or $30 on an overpriced retail cable.
You can also purchase adapters to go from one size to another for a few dollars. I thought about those but then saw the retractable cables so decided to buy those instead. For no particularly good reason.
I put white finger nail polish on the "up" end of the black USB cable ends. Frequently I have trouble seeing or feeling which end is “up”.