My BFF Ana told me that there is a law being considered to stop electronic device manufacturers from making a different power supply thingie, with different connectors, every time they make a different device (such as a calculator, a USB hub, a printer, a charger, a modem, etc. etc.).
I haven’t told too many people this, but I’ll tell you all now. I currently posses every single power supply thingie that I have ever owned. Most of them are in a blue plastic box in the garage. Most of the others are plugged into power strips in the Blog Cave.
Funny thing. Of all the categories of things one can own … books, quaint antique items, cooking instruments … a significant number of those that I have ever owned are distributed in the homes of ex wives and ex girlfriends. But somehow they let me keep all of the items in my power supply thingie collection. But I digress.
It is a problem that the manufactures of electronics cynically produce a different power supply for every single device, even though this is not necessary and is highly wasteful of resources. It is almost as much of a problem that we the people accept this travesty like sheep being led lemmingesque into some multi-metaphoric abyss.
But that is not what I want to complain about in this blog post. What I want to complain about is power strips. In the Blog Cave, I have about 12 devices plugged in. That may sound like a lot, but things do add up. A single computer has a plug, a monitor with a plug, there may be a printer, a USB hub, and the occasional other device such as a wireless mouse or whatever. If you’ve got two or three computers and extra monitors and a phone and a camera battery charger, the number of devices builds up. (Power supplies can be used to reduce the total drain all of these devices cause. For instance, an entire computer and associated devices that is only occasionally used can be plugged into one power strip, which can then be clicked off to make sure any power draining is not happening. But that is not the point of this post.)
Here’s the problem. I’ve got 12 to 15 devices to plug in, and I’ve got about 36 plugs, and I have no room to plug anything else in. This is because all but a few of those 12-15 items are power supply thingies that take up more than one plug because the plugs on most power strips are too closely spaced, and are oriented in such a way that plugging a single item in to the strip can actually cover up to three plugs.
Why do they make power strips like this?
Sure, there are power strips that have the plugs turned sideways, though even these may still be too closely spaced. And there are power supplies with lots of room all round each plug, but they are rare, and it is quite possible to go from a Target to an Office Max to an Office Depot to a Staples and find that in not one of these establishments did the management ever consider making the more sensibly designed power strips available. It’s like they don’t know what a power strip is for.
So, there should also be a law that says that power strips, and for that matter wall sockets, be designed to accommodate those stupid power supply thingies.
That is all.