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    I can’t even manage to get a USB Type C to plug in the first time, and I know it goes in either way. :)

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      I really like this attitude of fixing it with a sticker rather than complaining about a portion of manufacturers not following the standard.

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        It’s not like the two are mutually exclusive.

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          No, but there’s so much raging on the internet that it’s really nice to see someone gloss over an opportunity to rage about something and get straight to their solution.

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        Short answer:

        Make sure it’s the USB logo that’s facing up

        To me, this is clearly not enough. I have almost no usb ports that are horizontal when using them. Examples:

        • Screens can have USB connectors in the back that are vertical.
        • USB plugs can change orientation depending on which orientation they are plugged in.

        Without even mentioning the ones that don’t respect the standard.

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          ‘Up’ is a fairly flexible concept. It’s not up with respect to a particular gravitational field, it’s up with respect to the default orientation of some component. My NAS has the motherboad mounted vertically, but it’s on one side and so I just need to remember that ‘up’ from the perspective of the motherboard is towards the middle of the case. On my monitor (the most difficult one because I can’t see the ports at all) ‘up’ is towards the left edge of the monitor (for no reason that I understand).

          Oh, and some cheap devices print the logo on the wrong side or don’t print it at all, just to annoy me.

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          It’s really a shame how certain manufacturers failing to read the spec led to complaints and grumblings which led to the mess today that is USB C.

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            I mean, commodity technology is a race to the bottom, and here we are, getting closer to the bottom. God, I hate USB.

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            Besides the problems others have pointed out, this heuristic doesn’t work for blind people. Some USB connectors or dongles have tactile differences between the two sides, but it’s specific to the connector. I know what to feel for in my two flash drives, but I have a USB C to USB A cable (for connecting my Android phone to my PC) where both sides feel the same.

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              Per the blog, is it possible to find a (feeling-oriented) sticker to put on one end or the other?

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              If you have to inspect the port and put a sticker on it first, I would not call that inserting “correctly the first time”. It seems the author lacks understanding of the variety of real world use cases. Just as one example, what about when you do not own the device you are plugging into? Should we be putting stickers on other peoples’ equipment? I think not. It’s very tempting to generalize from this article to draw conclusions about Microsoft attitudes and practices as a whole.

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                  The Microsoft mouse I own has both the USB logo and a little raised nubbin on the “top” side, so I don’t think it’s fair to rag on Microsoft for not following the standard.

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                  Part of the problem is that it half the time refuses to go in the right way as well.

                  That’s why you have to align the metal by inserting it at an angle, but that also makes it prone to go in the wrong way! I learnt that the hard way recently – shorted and killed one of my precious laptop USB ports.