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Let's start easy. What are these '80s era wires?
For bonus points: What’s the difference between the yellow, red, and white cables?
Composite Video (RCA)
The yellow RCA connector is used for composite (one-signal) video. The red and white connectors are used for stereo sound.
And what about this wire? What is it?
Apple fanatics should know this one pretty well.
What's this cable used for?
You only get half credit…unless you knows its name, too.
VGA Connector (DE-15)
The now-outdated Video Graphics Array (VGA) connector, used to connect computers to their monitors, supports a maximum video resolution of 2048u00d71536.
Who dat cable?
You might recognize this one if you built your own PC.
Serial ATA (SATA)
SATA cables have been connecting host bus adapters to computer storage drives since 2003.
What is this odd-looking connector used for?
This one is still pretty uncommon.
Micro-B (USB 3.0)
The Micro-B receptacle is used to charge the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 (shown), among other devices.
What's the difference between these two cables?
Their colors indeed have meaning.
They're PS/2 keyboard and mouse cables.
Older computer keyboards used the purple color-coded PS/2 cable; mouse cables used the color green.
Can you name this old, 40-pin connector?
You won’t find any long ones around — these cables have a max length of 18 inches.
Parallel ATA cable
These cables were commonly used inside of computers to connect data storage devices to the motherboard. They have since been made obsolete by SATA cables.
These are not to be confused with their smaller cousin, the standard RJ-11 phone jack.
What does this cable do?
It has been in production since 1983.
TOSLINK (Optical Digital Audio)
These cables are often used in conjunction with home theater systems.