By its very nature, the USB port experiences tons of connection and disconnection as memory sticks are inserted and removed. This is especially true with laptops that may have few ports. The connectors should be more durable and resistant to abuse, and there should be a clear visual clue for which side is up. Firewire has this feature, as do the D-sub serial and parallel ports.
I concede I may be clumsier than others. On the other hand, I have never had a D-sub serial or parallel port connector get damaged for any reason. On at least one occasion, my laptop fell off its precarious perch and was left dangling by the serial cable. The cable and all four connectors were undamaged, and I credit the cord staying attached with saving the screen, and probably the hard drive, by keeping the laptop from falling to the floor.
I think it is monkey business to have the most frequently used connector on a computer be also the most cheaply and shoddily made.
This entry was submitted by Kim L. Ground and edited by Rob Spiegel
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