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Dangling Dongle Blues

Quick solution for those long dongle chains. By Stephen Schleicher
BeforeMany people suffer from the Dangling Dongle Blues. Symptoms often include; computer that keeps moving further and further away from the wall with each new software purchased, sore fingers from constantly screwing and tightening dongles, and bent parallel ports from too much hanging weight.

I too have suffered from the Dangling Dongle Blues. With six dongles (After Effects, LightWave, Commotion, Shave and a Haircut, 3D Studio Max, and Aura), my beloved computer was sticking so far out that I kept tripping over it everytime I walked in the room. I got to the point that I was beginning to think I would never again purchase a product with dongles.


Then I came to my senses and came up with a quick, simple, and inexpensive solution.

The first step involves going to your local computer store to purchase a parallel/printer pass-thru cable. These come in many lengths, but a three footer should do. It shouldn't cost more than $15.00 (I lost my receipt, but believe I paid $9.00).

Turn off your computer and disconnect your dongles.

Attach the printer cable to the parallel port and then reconnect your dongles to the end of the cable.

AfterSet the dongle chain on top of your computer (or other handy place), push the computer back to it's proper resting position, and never have to worry about the Dangling Dongle Blues again.

For those of you who are using USB dongles, you can do the same thing with a USB cable or multiport adaptor that has a longer cable.

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Stephen Schleicher is a well known writer, visual effects artist and media guru! You can see more of Stephen at
www.majorspoilers.com and www.stephenschleicher.com
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