On USB Hubs

Did I mention this? I’m not sure.

On Saturday, at Shore Leave I purchased a TARDIS USB Hub. I’d been wanting one for a while, even though I had no real need for it–my keyboard at home has a built-in USB hub, my CPU tower has a front-access USB port and four USB slots in the back. Suffice it to say, I’m not hurting for USB connectivity. And at work? My keyboard isn’t a USB keyboard, my mouse is a USB mouse, and that’s all the USB I need.


It’s the TARDIS. It makes the wheezing/grinding sound. The light atop the TARDIS flashes.

I went back and forth. Would I buy it? Feck, of course I did.

But what to do with it?

On my desk at home, it would only get lost. There’s some sort of flat surface here, only I can’t find it.

At work? Desk is rather clean. The cubicle doesn’t have the lived-in feel of most every other cubicle in the building as yet. Yes, work it is.

So, yesterday morning, I plugged in the TARDIS USB hub, positioned it on my desk between my computer speakers and my phone, unplugged the mouse and plugged it into the hub, and I was set.

Mid-morning a software engineer came by my cubicle. I was having some software issues.

He eyed the TARDIS. “What’s that?”

“My USB hub. I bought it at a con this weekend. It’s the TARDIS.” I didn’t explain what that was. I assumed he knew.

He noticed the mouse plugged into it. “You can plug the mouse into the tower, you know.”

I shrugged. “I know.”

“But you have to invent a use for it.”

I nodded and grinned. “Exactly.”

From time to time throughout the day I’d reach over and depress the button on the TARDIS door. The light would flash, the wheezing/grinding sound would echo through the office.

It’s really quite spiffy. :tardis:

Published by Allyn

A writer, editor, journalist, sometimes coder, occasional historian, and all-around scholar, Allyn Gibson is the writer for Diamond Comic Distributors' monthly PREVIEWS catalog, used by comic book shops and throughout the comics industry, and the editor for its monthly order forms. In his over ten years in the industry, Allyn has interviewed comics creators and pop culture celebrities, covered conventions, analyzed industry revenue trends, and written copy for comics, toys, and other pop culture merchandise. Allyn is also known for his short fiction (including the Star Trek story "Make-Believe,"the Doctor Who short story "The Spindle of Necessity," and the ReDeus story "The Ginger Kid"). Allyn has been blogging regularly with WordPress since 2004.

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