USB surgery

ad hoc soldering place

So, after a long break I heated up my soldering iron again. My USB hub had a broken cable and I decided to fix, and at same time extend it. Also, I wanted to solder some USB cables for a long time, since it is rather simple on the technical level but an important and omnipresent item in the computer ecosystem.

Close look at ugliness

There was a little challenge built in, too, since my hub offered the cable colours blue, green, red, and transparent (USB standards would have been black, green, white, and red). Everything looks fine now.

Of course, the effort was in no relation to the monetary value of the device – but reparing is not about money but about curiosity and autonomy, as laid down in the Repair Manifesto (PDF).

New hub with just the cover plate missing

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