A new device has appeared on the desk, because I bought it. It is 1tb external hard drive. No more burning things to cds, dvds, transferring to memory sticks, loading to Drop Box. Nope, this backs up everything. It silently sits there unobtrusively adding new things to our sixteen year computer history. I thought to take photo to show you, but it is just a boring black box.
Instead have a look at the mess of wires behind the computer case. The large grey flexible tube was an attempt to tidy them up a little, so that at least there weren't so many wires hanging from the desk, but really, rats could nest in the entanglement and I wouldn't know. Apart from a desk lamp, there eight devices plugged in to the power. Why does one computer need eight lots of power? I have no idea which plug is for what, but we did buy a new power board with a surge protector a couple of weekends ago. The old one, had only four outlets, but this one has six, plus three of the four wall outlets are used, the spare being used for the vacuum cleaner. Still, one double adaptor is needed.
When putting the the power board into position, with lots of old man grunting as I squirmed around under the desk, I discovered all were essential for the computer to function as we knew it. So I suppose I don't need to know which plug does what, as long as they are all plugged in.
Eek, I hope there isn't dust on the skirting board if you click on the pictures. I do clean it, every so often but you'll understand my reluctance to get in the with the vacuum cleaner.
Of note, the double adaptor also has a surge protector. No excuse for not having them now. Two double adaptors with surge protection for $6 and $9 for the six outlet surge protection power board. They are made in China, so I am sure they are quality products and those of you who think the surge protection amounts to the addition of a red light, wash your mouth out and put your faith in global trade.
So if you have a desktop computer, rather than a laptop, does yours have a similarly tangled web behind it?