I needed something stable. The available connection was the short end of a male header, after it has passed through a PCB and been soldered. This end is too short to make a connection in a standard female header. I looked at a pogo pin 2x6 array that I had from a previous project, but that was too difficult to maintain a connection.
I ended up pulling the metal connections out of a female header and using these without the shroud. Two of these tuning fork connections will slide into a female header. After installing 12 of these into my ICSP programming cable, I was able to program my board. The connection was stable and secure. Removing the connection should be done with either twisting in plane with the PCB or through translation along the open end of the connections. Simply pulling the cable off will likely cause the conductors to fall out.
Cool hack! Would love to see a video of it in action
A suggestion - you could solder 2 1x3 female socket strips on a perfboard, solder the wires onto the connector and then tug on the black plastic hard to remove it, leaving the pins firmly soldered to the board. That way even tugging hard would not cause the pins to fall off.