Unnecessary long cables

Working with music technology I am used to cables. I don’t mind the cables themselves, since cables are in general much less pain than slow/unreliable wireless solutions. However, I do mind unnecessary long cables. Therefore I love the MacBook power adapters (which are even better in US version than the EU).

I also love the retractable iPhone cables and short USB cables (which even works with my small USB-powered hard drives) they sell on Dealextreme, which make my setup very cable-friendly:

Unfortunately, I have yet to find short power cables. For example, I have one adapter with a small, thin cable on one side, but with a monster of a power cable on the other side:

I have been looking for a short replacement cable (this particular being of the Mickey Mouse type, but I would need for regular AC adapters as well). Unfortunately, it seems like 1 meter (or longer) is some kind of standard size for such cables.  I want some really short cables, ideally something just like the Apple plugs, but something more generic-looking and fitting the various types of connectors that exist:

I could even dom with something like what they have at Cables online, but with a European plug:

Please let me know if you know where to get such short cables (with EU plug). Otherwise, I will have to get my soldering iron out…

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Alexander Refsum Jensenius is a music researcher and research musician living in Oslo, Norway.