Depends on whether you consider the M100 to be "communications equipment" or "terminal equipment". From the perspective of "this is a device to be hooked up to your main PC" then female makes sense, somewhere. But I think the port is wired as terminal equipment, which then puts it (technically) in error.
Oh well :) On Thu, Aug 10, 2017 at 11:11 PM, John R. Hogerhuis <jho...@pobox.com> wrote: > > > On Thu, Aug 10, 2017 at 7:22 PM, Brian White <bw.al...@gmail.com> wrote: > >> >> * I heard someone suggest that actually the M100 was probably technically >> correct according to the standards of the time, and predated the PC, and >> it's actually the IBM PC that came along, backwards, and essentially made >> everyone else change. This perfectly believable to me. So when I say the >> M100 is "backwards", it's only in the sense that it is the exception now, >> not that it is wrong. >> >> > Well, a female DB-25 certainly makes more sense on a laptop. Avoids > problem of pins getting damaged and wrecking your laptop instead of the > cable. > > Another great design moment or accident of history that makes most of our > Model 100's still functional 34+ years later. > > -- John. > >