The Daily Fail
I’m working on my laptop, and needed to transfer some files. USB keydrive is the easiest way, so I reach around the back and plug it in.
Nothing – doesn’t appear on the USB bus. So I unplug it and try again.
Still nothing – has the USB bus locked up with all the hibernate/restarts I’ve been doing? Unload the driver modules, reload them, all looks good, unplug and plug in again.
Still nothing – dead drive? Plug into another computer, comes up fine.
Take the keydrive back to the laptop, plug it in again. Stop. Think “Isn’t that the wrong side?”. Look at the back of the laptop.
Fun fact: 8C8P (aka ‘RJ45′) connectors are the same width as USB ports…
I downloaded a copy of the latest Ubuntu release so I could install it on a VM and give it a test.
I thought the extra half-gig of disk space on my laptop could be better used for something else, and I’ve got a massive stack of CD-Rs, and I could probably use it on a physical machine, so I burned the ISO to disc and filed it away.
I came to use the disc today – guess who had written on the wrong side…