The computer started getting weird. All sorts of tech support problems happened. Webcams stopped working, things wouldn’t print, the mouse got quirky.
We spent hours on tech support, installing drivers, replacing parts.
Turns out that someone bought this adorable USB hub. Looks great. Works like crap. No one thought to check it as the source of the problem.
Lesson 1: Maybe your IT department isn’t nuts when they have an opinion about what gear you use.
Lesson 2: Sometimes the biggest problems are cause by the smallest part of the system. $1000-dollar computer brought down by a $5-dollar accessory. Always look for the weak link first.