Dog collared with Cat-5 cable
If you're a geek with a penchant for pets of the canine kind, here's the accessory for you: a dog lead made out of Cat-5 cable.
Perhaps this could be the new stand-out feature for techies' mutts - computer buff's answer to the crusty's piece of string?
The Cat-5 dog lead
According to the item's creator, the lead is "1.3m long and is adjustable by the ingenious use of a bowline knot allowing it to fit all size of dog.
It is made from good quality Cat-5 cable," he adds.
Only one of these items is available to buy - via online auction house eBay - though we dare say a trip to a nearby network cabinet with a copy of Scouting for Boys is sufficient for anyone to knock out a batch of 'em.
We'd not recommend it - the auction's not there to reward the inventor but to aid UK charity the Lymphoma Association.
If I have two dogs does this mean I can network them?
This takes me back
About 15 years ago, I and my colleagues were invited to the opening of a new club, at short notice. Free drinks etc. Trouble was, their dress code required us to wear ties, and we geeks had none. We broke out a reel of 40 way ribbon cable, as used for IDE drives, peeled it down to 25 ways and made ties out of that. And why not? Free drinks, after all. Problem solved.
OK, but calling that ingenious use of a bowline knot is an insult to anyone who was ever a boy scout (or maybe a girl scout, who knows what they teach the girl scouts? :)
It Won't Work .........
If you have a doggy that chews cat5 cable every chance she gets like mine does !! Mind you I think even armoured 100kV power cable would be no trouble for her given a little bit more time. The extra chewiness would add to the challenge, so she'd get more enjoyment.
I can just see it - you've crimped on your RJ45, and just plugged doggy into the router at your local shop .... 5 seconds later, cable parted and bybye !
You can buy 'radio control' kits for dogs - walkie talkies - one of which is strapped to the dog. Hilarious if you try it. The dog gets very confused !
Driver not found?
I just tried installing the dog in my car ...
yeah yeah, I'll get my coat...