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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 has crossed the country several times over the last couple of years going from Kansas to Atlanta , Georgia, and Southern California. In his time traveling, he has worked as an editor, graphic designer, videographer, director, and producer on a variety of video productions ranging from small internal pieces, to large multimedia
corporate events.

Currently, Stephen shares his knowledge with students at Fort Hays State University who are studying media and web development in the Information Networking and Telecommunications department. When he is not shaping the minds of university students, Stephen continues to work on video and independent projects for State and local agencies and organizations as well as his own ongoing works.

He is also a regular contributor to Digital Producer, Creative Mac, Digital Webcast, Digital Animators, and the DV Format websites, part of the Digital Media Online network of communities (www.digitalmedianet.com), where he writes about the latest technologies, and gives tips and tricks on everything from Adobe After Effects, to Appleā??s Final Cut Pro, LightWave 3D, to shooting and lighting video.

He has a Masters Degree in Communication from Fort Hays State University in Hays, Kansas. As a forward thinker, he wrote his Thesis on how Information Islands and e-commerce would play a major role in keeping smaller communities alive. This of course was when 28.8 dialup was king and people hadnā??t even invented the word e-commerce.

And, he spends what little free time he has biking, reading, traveling around the country, and contemplating the future of digital video and its impact on our culture. You can reach him at [email protected]

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