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.

But!

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:

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