A couple of weeks ago my computer began switching itself off and rebooting unexpectedly. At first I wondered whether the CPU was overheating — that had happened once before when I had one with an AMD processor, which tended to overheat.
Eventually I thought it might be the multiplug adapter I was using, and so I replaced it, or rather I replaced the first of three, which had a built-in surge protector. Perhaps it has been zapped by lightning. The new one was really long, so I thought I could reclaim some desk space by just having one adapter instead of three, but no such luck.
Two of the devices I use have transformers built in to the plugs. This means that when you plug them in, they cover two other holes, and so make those unusable. So I needed two multiplug adapters.
But then I tried to plug my printer in. It has a round plastic two-pin plug, and each adapter had a socket for one of those. The trouble is that the manufacturers had cunningly installed a plastic plate that blocked the prongs of the plug. So the printer would not plug into either, no matter how much force was applied.
So in the end I had to have a third one, just to plug in the printer, and my desk looks as bad as it ever did.
Design for the real world, anyone?