Lift your hands away from the keyboard! Now take a look and tell me how many cables or other devices are plugged into your computer. Confessions of a Wire Junky.
I have ten cables protruding from my laptop. From bottom to top in the photo:
Two audio cables (earphones and outboard sound system)
One high quality microphone (improved Skype connections as well as guitar tuner program.)
Two outboard hard drives (total storage = 7.5 Terabytes)
An Ethernet cable (Internet connection) Yellow cable
HDMI outboard monitor connection
Another outboard hard drive ;also used to connect my Fender Mustang III guitar amplifier to my computer (this is very slick and will have to be further described another time).
And last but not least USB Fob for wireless keyboard and mouse
Other than an older type VGA monitor connector ALL available connection points are filled. Trace all this stuff to under my desk and there are three power strips (pretty much full) and a battery backup unit.
There are wires going to a sound system across the room; wires running to the modem/router supplied by my Internet server; of course a number of power cables going to black ‘cubes’. There is a cable that runs through the wall that supplies telephone, television and Internet to here.
An Ethernet cable runs from the Internet modem/router across the room to Anita’s computer. She also has an outboard monitor and keyboard and mouse cables protruding from her little 10.1 inch Netbook computer.
An organized person would go NUTS with all these wires and devices running around the desktop and floor. Occasionally I attempt to sweep the floor area and sort out the rats nest of cables – but this not a winning activity; truly it is as if these cables have a life of their own. They end up wrapped around things, often in a manner that boggles the mind. “How could that cable possibly be so entangled?”
When everything is working we have quite an array of ‘possibilities’ provided by all this interconnected stuff – truly.
I should mention that I have a lot of outboard hard drives that await available connection. I won’t even get into the many power cubes waiting – Literally have many, many of these little power supplies. Some probably no longer operate anything here – but I am not going to throw any out. I know I will need them soon?
We have bags and back packs to haul most of this stuff – which we do when moving from one house to the other (we have four). Sometimes in this 4 x 4 meter room we add three or more guitars. We walk carefully around all the tonewood standing tall in stands in no particular organization pattern. I have no excuse for any of this – how could I?
The most amazing part is the incredible amount of toleration possessed by my partner Anita. She came to me many, many years ago incredibly neat and organized. I know I have broken that spirit – there is no other explanation. I am a lucky man.