I have an embarrassment of USB ports: Three on the back of my Mini, three on the back of my T-Bolt display, and one on each end of my wired KB. And not ONE of 'em is in use!
Oh sure, there's the occasional thumb drive, and for the rare disk, I'll pull the USB SuperDrive out of the drawer and plug it in. But with the removal of the Logitech mouse and KB, even that solitary permanent USB appliance is history.
Plugged in to Dell LCD Display: • DSLR Camera Cable (permanently plugged in) • iPhone Lightning Cable (permanently plugged in)
Plugged in to iMac • USB connection cable from the Thunderbolt to Dual-Link DVI cable connecting the Dell monitor) • Apple Keyboard (permanently plugged in) • SuperDrive (permanently plugged in) • USB Hub (permanently plugged in)
Plugged I plug in to the USB Hub: • External HD (permanently plugged in) • External microphone • External HD for monthly backups
I don't plug things into the keyboard USB ports because I have the Bluethooth Magic Pad on one side and the Magic Mouse on the other.
I've had cord rage for years. I hate the cable clutter under the desk. I've gone wireless for the mouse and printers, and that has helped immensely.
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I hear ya on the cable rage. Wherever I do have cables running (modems & router power and connection cables, MFC, etc. ) I use wall-mounted cable-keepers and in some cases, long cables are coiled and banded. Printing and scanning are wireless.
On my desktop, the T-Bolt display has a built-in mic and decent speakers, so I don't need any extra hardware for audio. My external HD is an OWC MiniStack, so all I need there is power and a very short FireWire 800 cable. And I drilled a cable port in the desk top for the keyboard so that's out of site. The Mini has a built in SD slot (and I don't do any tethered shooting) so I don't need a camera cable either. But I can remember a few years ago when every built-in USB port plus a 7-port hub were maxxed out!
Freakin' dongles. I have 2 applications that require it, and I only have so many slots. I'd like to think that USB hubs could fill the void, but I have a lot of problems with hubs.
Another case for the Mac Pro tower (previous versions). 2 on the front.. 3 on the back. Apple monitor has 2 on the back. Apple KB has 2 low power on the back. 9 USB ports.. and I still have to swap sh!t out sometimes...lol.
Oops, I forgot to mention the two on the back of my MiniStax external drive. That makes 10 USB ports that are all presently unused. And I'm not even counting the other 6 btwn my router and cable and phone modems!
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