I’m married to a Gizmo phreak, and by default I’ve obtained quite a few ‘gizmo’s’ of my own – like my blue tooth wireless headphones, the e-Reader I just blogged about, a tiny wallet-sized digital photo frame I got for Mother’s Day, my MP3 player, my PDA, my cell phone and my laptop, amongst other gadgets. I won’t even begin to enumerate Gizmo Guy’s! The problem is that each one of them requires their own specific (and usually large!) AC adapter. (I can’t even think about the mesh bag of orphaned adapters behind the office door. Were they from some of Gizmo Guy’s various cordless phones? From old computer accessories we’ve dumped? I have NO idea.)
A lot of these devices also come with USB cables. My computer has six – count ’em – SIX ports and yesterday Gizmo guy had to install a 7 port USB hub on my computer as I ran out of slots! Trying to figure out which cable led to which device was like following a maze.
I’ve run out of plugs on the huge surge suppressor beneath my desk, so now I have to run around the house looking for an unused plug (not an easy thing to find these days considering the electrical devices we have.) But the biggest problem is finding which adapter fits which device. I’m starting to think I need to create a label for each one and buy a drawer or basket system to store them in so I don’t lose them or plug the wrong adapter into the wrong device and blow up the battery. Not to mention my desktop is now covered with cables, and my feet are constantly entangled when I stick them under my desk. I can’t count the number of times I’ve gotten caught up in a cable and then gone to move and dragged darned near half the contents of the top of my desk onto the floor.
Does anyone else have this problem? Or is it just one of the perks of living with a Gizmo phreak? And if you have the same challenge, what do you do to keep all the adapters and cables straight?