July was a trying month, one way and another, featuring more than its fair share of computer problems. After my Vista PC finally stopped trying, I quickly tired of plugging all the bits of kit into my Windows 7 laptop that used to be permanently hanging from the Vista tower, so I bought myself a docking station. Theoretically, this had a triple benefit – only one USB cable needed to plug everything in, I’d have more USB ports so I could set up my external hard drives permanently and I could use the now-redundant monitor as an extension to the desktop. Where was the downside?
The words “plug and play” now evoke something of a hollow laugh. [Read more…]