williams.dan at gmail.com
Fri Nov 10 04:55:51 CST 2006
On 10/11/06, 9000 VAX <vax9000 at gmail.com> wrote:
> On 11/9/06, Fred Cisin <cisin at xenosoft.com> wrote:
> > On Thu, 9 Nov 2006, Chuck Guzis wrote:
> > > 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
> > > "Centronics"?
> > For many people who had never seen a computer until 1979 (TRS-80),
> > Centronics printers were the first places that they saw them.
> > Although business telephone systems had been using them for multi-line
> > phones for quite a while, "Only technicians" ever connected or
> > disconnected those.
> I used this term because everybody on ebay used it. I met it when I was
> searching for SCSI cables on ebay for my 3900.
> vax, 9000
> Might as well ask why ALL D shell connectors are referred to as size B.
I had a look around google earlier about this it seems that it just
stuck as it was a bigger version of their printer connection (Which
was made by Wang anyway). It is called a centronics connection in the
scsi-1 spec as well. But it looks like it was never used on any
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