|What is the Point?
||[Feb. 27th, 2008|11:03 am]
My IBM Thinkpad has a "dock". It annoys me. What is the point of it shutting down to undock? Even pressing the buttons takes forever to undock it. Why do I need a dock?
I think I'm just going to use the cord to charge it forever.
Docks suck. I'm adding that to my next annoyance list.
I actually like the dock on my Thinkpad, although I like it less than other docks I've had - I don't like that it is a manual eject process (my Dell laptop would let you "soft undock", so you did the Eject button from within Windows and it would disconnect the pieces and parts that were only for the dock. With my Thinkpad, it doesn't always realize that the external monitor is no longer connected, and sometimes tries to draw windows on the second monitor even when undocked.
I like having the dock because before I had it, when I came in every morning I had to plug in the power, the network, and the extra monitor cable to the laptop - and then disconnect all of them every time I wanted to bring my laptop to a meeting (which is about three times a day).
I have found that the "ThinkVantage Access Connections" thing is fairly good about realizing when I undock and switching to the wireless at that point. The video is just what gets a little jacked.
I don't want my dock hooked up to a monitor or anything. I kind of like just using the laptop by itself. I guess that's why I don't like the dock. Well, and it takes like 2 minutes for my machine to undock.
You must have a different dock than I do - I have the basic port replicator one, which lets me eject just by pushing the ejector button, and Windows doesn't even know that it's in (or not in) the dock. I also like that it makes my laptop a little bit tilted, so the keyboard is a little more comfortable for me to use. But yeah, if I didn't have the second monitor, it would be a LOT less useful.
The only thing I like about the dock is that it charges the laptop. Mine has the undock command for windows, but it takes 2 minutes to complete! There is no "manual override" process.
Yeah, that would annoy the crap out of me. If the only thing plugged into my dock was the power cord, I'd definitely ditch it and find it useless. For me, it's helpful because with my dock I get:
USB to my BlackBerry (which I actually don't really need anymore since we now have wireless sync, but it was useful at one time)
Mouse (I have a wireless mouse, but it's got a USB receiver thingerdoodle)
I don't know why I'm sharing this, but it beats working.