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It’s happened to everyone: You try to plug in a USB connector, and it doesn’t work. So you flip it, and it still doesn’t work. Frustrated, you flip it a third time—and it fits! Why is this experience so common with USB?
Decades of Flipping USB Cables Around
We’re talking about the classic USB hardware here—specifically, the “type-A” connector that dates back to USB’s first release in 1996.