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12:08 pm: is duct tape the only solution here?
I have a new tablet, or perhaps a tiny little laptop. (When I get all my files transferred over, I hope this will be my only computer.) When I'm not at the library, I intend to use it the same way I used the old one--with the screen propped at eye level on my desk, and a keyboard and touchpad on the little sliding tray under the desk. Although I really need this kind of setup for a keyboard and pointer, I didn't think it would be a big deal. The tablet has only one USB port, but they sell USB hubs, right?

It's not so simple. Is it ever so simple? I got a USB hub with a 3" cable to go into the computer, three 4" cables to go into various USB devices like my keyboard or touchpad, and a 4" cable for a mini-USB port. Because I'm working with a tablet, the USB port is on the side of the screen. That means when the screen is propped up close to vertical, the weight of the hub dangles off the side and gradually torques the cable out. It doesn't pull all the way out, but it takes less than 5 minutes to lose electrical contact.

Any ideas for solutions other than tape? They sell magnetic USB hubs, but I have my computer on a plastic support. When I get my act together, I may have it on plastic with cloth over it. But not magnetic.

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Date:January 27th, 2014 12:49 pm (UTC)
I have a USB hub with a cable half a mile long -- I exaggerating, it must be a couple of ells long. This seemed like a good idea to be for exactly this problem, as when I bought it I'd just been in many places setting my netbook up and had short cable problems sometimes. So maybe you could buy a longer cable? I bought mine in Schipol, but I'm sure they sell them in America.
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Date:January 27th, 2014 03:56 pm (UTC)
Thank you! It is a great help to know such a thing exists, when it's not on the store shelf and I need to ask for it.
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