Uggh, that's our current mess of a setup recently complicated by the addition of a powered USB 4-port hub. We're constantly plugging/unplugging a variety of peripherals, so the 2-ports available with the MacBook Pro wasn't cutting it. The 4-port hub is undeniably useful (there's even a 2nd hub in the background for quick plug/unplug temporary device hookup), but even though it's hidden underneath a laptop stand, the spaghetti tangle of cables coming forth from it is an eyesore. Worse, it's hard to tell which cable is for what sometimes…what to do?
Ideally, we'd purchase a whole set of these LaCie color USB cables
, but that could get a little pricey considering how many peripherals we'd need to purchase for.
So our short term and affordable solution are these Kableflags cable identification tags
. Just $.99 cents for the blank versions, these tags secure onto cables with a flexible rubber piece. Another option would be these $2.99 Belkin Velcro Cable Ties
, but then we might need a color key to remember which cables connects to what, and that's just more work than what we want right now; these seem better suited for home theater cables/cords than for USB use where plugging and unplugging is less of an issue.
Or I could start eating store bought bread more often!