A few years ago, I bought this cute little USB hub from Fry’s. It was one of those faux-Apple style pieces of hardware, with that milky-glass look, ultra-small and stylish. I used it to connect my keyboard, mouse, and printer to the laptop, but the printer only worked when it was connected directly instead of through the hub. I cursed Linux. Then I started working on the Macbook Air with the same setup. and when the printer didn’t work with Mac OS X, I cursed printer firmware writers. Then my keyboard kept inserting random characters, kind of like there was an echo delay. It didn’t do that when connected directly, only through the hub. Hey… wait a minute… I switched to the new even cooler USB hub I bought on a whim last time I was at Fry’s, and voila, printer and keyboard work perfectly. It never even occurred to me that it could be hardware.
Oh yeah, the Macbook Air. I love it.