About a month ago I bought a wireless Thrustmaster dual trigger rechargeable game controller. It has a simple docking station with a rather bright blue light on it. Now this blue light isn't completely purposeless as it blinks if it has signal problems. My controller has a feature to switch itself in power save mode if unused for over 5 minutes. Now this all sounds perfectly nice except that if I don't use my controller for 5 minutes my receiver will trigger this as an error and will start blinking rapidly. Even if my controller is laying in the recharging dock you see a red recharging/green recharged light telling the controller is correctly placed on top of the docking station as well as a fast blinking blue light telling me it can't find my controller.
This got me to think about how annoyingly many lights there are burning on my desk.
- The power light of my PC naturally
- My monitor power indicator and my screen
- The power light of a power switch for all my other stuff
- The power light of the power surge protector
- The receiver light of my wireless keyboard and mouse receiver (it blinks every time I press a key or move my mouse)
- The receiver of my old wireless rechargeable mouse as a backup in case my current one fails.
- A green status light on my USB hub/cup heater. (burns 24x7)
- A blue power light pointing out that an other USB hub is powered and running. (It blinks if systems use power)
- The green light that my batteries are recharged of my wireless controller (I unplugged the wireless receiver)
- The red light that my 5.1 speaker system is activated
- The green light that my webcam is powered (burns 24x7)
- The green power, ethernet, DSL and internet light indicator of my DSL router
- My power light of my printer scanner copier
- A green power indicator at the back of my PC pointing out Ethernet cable is plugged in, simulary twice at my router and once at my parents PC
- 4 lights indicating our phone central works, is powered, our ISDN central works and is powered
- A red light indicating the actual phone recharger is powered.
- The red light from my parents optical mouse which is transparent at the sides, there keyboard numlock light, monitor, speakers, PC power light, there PC power switch and there webcam.
- A miniature Christmas tree with 20 lights, happy holidays everybody. [/list]
The point of this lengthy list is to point out how annoyed I'm with all these lights non stop. Why does every single hardware manufacturer have to put a status light on there product and why do these light blink under normal circumstances? The only hardware on my desk without a light is my microphone and I'm pretty sure that's because it has no power source.
Anyway, how many lights do you have burning around your PC?
PS: Bacteria 2 is number 8 at most downloaded game of all time at 64d and steadily rising. I'm slowly conquering the rankings :).