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    This has too little explanation for me and I do not understand what the author is getting at. It could use more examples, more detailed photos and / or a more elaborate explanation.

    For example, which connector is he talking about? The one on the product shown, or the one meant to be inserted into the product?

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      I agree, I don’t understand this post at all. Should have more images pointing to the problem. Don’t see how inserting some usb device there would be a problem.

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        The USB (Type A, female) ports fitted in this device have a flange on them intended to be pressed up against the internal surface of a chassis.

        He specifies female, so he’s referring to the ports on the product shown.

        The post makes no sense if you don’t know what a flange is, so:

        a projecting flat rim, collar, or rib on an object, serving to strengthen or attach

        If you zoom in on the image, you can more clearly see the flanges on each port, the little tabs of metal bent outward. Check out this similarly mis-fitted USB port, which makes the flanges a bit easier to see. Or this even more outrageously mis-fitted USB port, with the flanges entirely outside the casing. You can see what the flanges look like in this unmounted USB port.

        Those little tabs should be inside the casing, to brace the port. Compare with this better fitted USB port, where you can clearly see the flanges bracing against the inside of the casing. And these properly fitted USB ports on a device similar to the example in the original post.

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          thanks for that, I see now. Well it doesn’t look good that for sure, but don’t think it really compromises the usability.

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            Seems like unplugging a cable might cause more wear on the port when it’s not properly braced.

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            Right, thanks for the explanation. As someone more into software than hardware (and not at all into electronics) I think I get it now!

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          The port is what the connector or plug jacks in to. So in this case, he’s talking about the ports on the product shown. You can see the edge of a metal shell; really, you shouldn’t see that.

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          It looks ridiculous AND makes the ports easier to damage.

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            I mean, USB is a tire fire, that’s not news. But this is not a useful addition to the indictment, really.

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              Would you prefer to choose over a million custom implementations of a serial port, all proprietary of course, instead?

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                I mean, USB is a tire fire, that’s not news.

                Yes across the board. My Pixel 3’s USB C port only works right when the cable is inserted “upside down” and there is no such thing for USB C as the intent is for it to be bidirectional.

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                  I own a Pixel 3 and it works fine both ways. Either your phone is a dud, or your cable is.