How many of you have had a similar experience to this when dealing with computer stuff? I just did… again.
Douglas Adams – Dongly Things
Time to declare war, I think, on little dongly things. More of them turned up in the post this morning. I’d ordered a new optical disk drive from an American mail order company and, because I live in that strange and remote place called ‘Foreign’, and also because I travel like a pigeon, I was keen to know, when ordering it, if it had an international power supply.
An international power supply is the device which means it doesn’t matter what country you’re in, or even if you know what country you’re in (more of a problem than you might suspect) – you just plug your Mac in and it figures it out for itself. We call this principle Plug and Play. Or at least, Microsoft calls it that because it hasn’t got it yet. In the Mac world we’ve had it for so long we didn’t even think of giving it a name. Nowadays a lot of peripherals come with international power supplies as well – but not all. Which is why I asked.
‘Yes, it does,’ said Scott, the sales assistant.
‘You’re sure it has an international power supply?’
‘Yes,’ repeated Scott. ‘It has an international power supply.’
This morning it arrived. The first thing I noticed was that it didn’t have an international power supply. Instead it had a little dongly thing. I have rooms full of little dongly things and don’t want any more. Half the little dongly things I’ve got, I don’t even know what gizmo they’re for. More importantly, half the gizmos I’ve got, I don’t know where their little dongly thing is.