You see, I found myself in such a predicament last night. Both my phone and I were out of juice. Even though dishes had to be done and bathrooms needed to be cleaned, all I wanted to do was lay about on the couch doing dumb things with my smartphone. But the outlet nearest to our comfy sofa is 44 inches away—just out-of-reach of the iPhone's 40-inch charging cord. I was just about to do something productive when I realized we have two linens bags full of spare "why-would-I-need-this?" cords in the hallway closet. Lo and behold, there was a USB extension cord in one of them. It was like the heavens sang down with an endorsement for my desire to do nothing. And so, I enjoyed my evening on the sofa. I recharged both my soul and my phone with plenty of cord slack, and thought about the ringing endorsement I would give to this seemingly useless spare cord the next day. If you don't have a USB extender, get one. It's good to keep around the house. Now that so many at-home devices are connected with USB, we're finding plenty of ways to use our favorite new accessory. So many things seem just-out-of-reach as you're trying to plug them in to the wall or to your computer, and the USB extender is like a less-bulky extension cord for the new crop of devices. Does anybody else have a useless tech accessory that they couldn't live without?