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Enough With the Cords Already!

This past week Greg Swann spoke of cleaning off his desk; (the mountains of paper) I can only imagine what that pile looked wiring1.jpglike. What bothers me more is what is going on “under” the desk, or even beside and behind! Namely the nearly 1/2 mile of cords and cables that drape the sides and and floors of my business and home offices. It’s absolutely insane!

Here is the short list:

  • Display Cable
  • Display Power
  • Tower Power
  • 4 Printers’ Cables
  • 4 Printer Power cables
  • Wireless Hub Power cable (for the wireless mouse and wireless keyboard)
  • Sound/Woofer Cable
  • Sound Power
  • Speaker Cables
  • Camera USB
  • Phone USB
  • Video Camera USB
  • Video Cable Power Cable
  • Router Power Cables
  • Router Cables
  • Television Cable
  • Cable Modem Power
  • Cable Modem Cable
  • Fax Power Cable
  • VOIP Phone Cords
  • Landline Phone Power
  • Landline Phone Cords

Chances are I missed a few cables, but this gives you the idea; the insanity is growing! Look- I know it’s the price of technology, but the price is too high. Enough already! Someone needs to come up with a solution and quickly before I’m completely burried in cable!

I’m not the first to blog about this and certainly not the last- but I just felt like saying something about it!

Benn Rosales is the Founder and CEO of The American Genius (AG), national news network. Before AG, he founded one of the first digital media strategy firms in the nation has received the Statesman Texas Social Media Award and is an Inman Innovator Award winner. He has consulted for numerous startups (both early- and late-stage), and is well known for organizing the digital community through popular offline events. He does not venture into the spotlight often, rather he believes his biggest accomplishments are the talent he recruits and develops, so he gives all credit to those he's empowered.



  1. GregSwann@Bloodhound

    June 15, 2007 at 1:35 pm

    Here’s a happy thought: Seven workstations plus all the hardware to support them. Six dogs. Nine cats. We have become experts at shielding cables.

  2. B. R.

    June 15, 2007 at 2:03 pm

    ha! A cable is not a chew toy; and god forbid someone drools on the rats nest.

  3. Austin Realtor's Wife

    June 15, 2007 at 2:18 pm

    HA HA!

    Neener- I’ve only got a laptop cord. I’m down to one. I’m special.

    Maybe we could duct tape al your cords- they say duct tape fixes everything…

    (btw, that neener is for YOUR neener you neenered to me on at

  4. Roberta Murphy

    June 21, 2007 at 9:55 am

    Ah! That tangled spaghetti behind and on top of our desks…

    I dream of a day Unplugged and the future may be closer than we imagine. WiTricity, in it infancy, may provide a solution:

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