Would You Pay £6899 for an Ethernet Cable?

Making a mockery of the “enthusiast” market has been a thing for as long as I can remember. From HDMI cables that cost hundreds of pounds, to speaker wire that makes promises so grand, it may as well be forged from unicorn horns. Standard cables are perfectly fine, typically the only time you’ll need a slightly more expensive cable is if you’re installing them into walls, where you want the cable to be more durable. So what about ethernet cables? How much should you be spending on one of those?

If you want “The Diamond” cable from AudioQuest, you can expect to pay £6899.00 for a 12m cable that comes with a 5 year warranty!

“The Diamond is a top-grade Ethernet Cable which is the result of a lifetime’s research by AudioQuest made from the very best materials available. This really is a ‘money no object’ cable for the dedicated Hi-Fi enthusiast that has extended into a world of digital audio sources.” – audiovisualonline

That’s about as much as I’m going to humour that affront to technology, as RJ45 signals are digital and unless you’re stringing together a bunch of rusty coat hangers to make your cables, a standard £9.98 20m Cat6 from OCUK will do the job nicely, especially with 8m of extra cable and a total saving of £6889.02!

I wonder if anyone has bought one…

What’s the most you would pay for a 12m RJ45 cable?

Wire: The New Skype Rival Backed by Skype Co-Founder

A new upstart has entered the instant messaging arena, positioning itself as more than just a chat service. Wire, pitched as a thoroughly modern messaging app, is supported by Skype co-founder Janus Friis and developed by former Skype employees.

With their experience – helped by former Apple, Nokia, and Microsoft employees – the team know as well as anyone what needed fixing: “Skype was launched more than a decade ago. A lot has changed since then – we are all used to free calls and texting, and we have taken to carrying our computers in our pockets,” Friis said. “It is time to create the best possible communication tools, as beautiful as they are useful. Wire is just that.”

The app features text and voice messaging, live calls, one-on-one or group messaging, and even SoundCloud integration. It utilises Opus, and open source audio codec, to make playback and voice calls crisp and clean. Video is being muted as a future feature.

Vine is available on OS X, iOS, and Android.

Source: The Independent

1958 Integrated Circuit Prototype Up for Auction, To Bring Around $1-2 Million

Integrated Chips have revolutionised technology throughout the years, and it’s not just desktops, laptops and smartphones. ICs can be found in TV units, microwaves and even in vehicles nowadays. From the 50’s until today, ICs played an important role in technological advancements.

One of these early integrated circuit prototypes, namely the one built by Tom Yeargan in 1958 while working at Texas Instruments, is being sold at Christie’s auction house this week. It is a doubly diffused germanium wafer with flying gold wire and four leads, built between 18 July and 12 September 1958 in order to demonstrate Jack Kilby’s theories on how to bring miniaturization to the enormous computers from back then.

The IC is said to be kept inside a plastic case covered with glass, having Kilby’s signature label and accompanied by another prototype, namely a silicon circuit with five gold and platinum leads, as well as a statement of three pages wrote by Yeargan on the chronology and building of the IC invention dated March the 6th, 1964.

Kilby eventually won a Nobel Prize in 2000 for his invention, though he never took credit himself for the IC at hand and never did up until he died in 2005, having stated that the invention was made possible by “the contributions of thousands of engineers and scientists in laboratories and production facilities all over the world”.

Anyone looking into acquiring the IC must also have a deep pocket as well, having the auction estimating the historical piece to fetch around $1-2 million at the end.

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