Free DEC SCSI cable, centronics 50 male to 68 pin female (HD68?)

Chuck Guzis cclist at
Thu Nov 9 20:22:40 CST 2006

On 9 Nov 2006 at 20:49, 9000 VAX wrote:

> > DEC P/N 17-02008-02, No physical damage observed. Not tested. Don't know
> > whether it is DEC specific SCSI cable or a generic one. $5 shipping in the
> > US. See attached photo.

Looks pretty generic to me--wide SCSI to narrow "blue ribbon" 
connector.    I've got a couple and they didn't come from DEC.

Why do folks insist on calling this type of connector "Centronics"?  
I've even hear the "C" word applied to HPIB connectors.  Centronics 
never used the 50 pin version, did they?  

I've heard them called Amphenol, CHAMP, telco, PBX and RJ21X 
connectors as well as "Blue Ribbon" (shows my age).  But why 


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