Get a flexible USB adapter for $2.98 shipped
This incredibly handy little item helps make desktop USB ports more accessible and laptop USB peripherals less cluttering.
You may think I'm scraping the bottom of the deal barrel today, but hear me out.
While supplies last, Cctveworld via Ebay has the Flexible Swivel Twist Angle 360 USB Adapter for $2.98 shipped.
Update: Sold out, but this seller has the same thing for $2.99 shipped.
Why would you want such a thing? Simple: To make USB cables go where you want them to go, rather than sticking out of your PC at aesthetically displeasing angles.
See, my laptop doubles as my desktop. Thus I keep various USB peripherals plugged in at all times: iPhone dock, USB mouse, and so on. But all laptops nowadays have USB ports on the sides, which is great for convenience but lousy for aesthetics. My system looks downright Borg-like with all the wires coming out of it.
With this adjustable connector, which can swivel a full 360 degrees and work at almost angle, I can run those cables along the sides of the laptop, thus reducing cable clutter considerably.
These are also handy for floor-standing towers that have their USB ports positioned near the bottom (making you get down on your hands and knees, literally, when you want to plug something in). With the adapter, you can angle your port out and up. Nice!
Yeah, I know, this isn't as sexy as a $40 Blu-ray player or. But it solves one of my longstanding pet peeves, and for only three bucks. I'm ordering three!
Bonus deal: If you're a fan of "Mad Men," the 60s, and/or cutie stewardesses, you might want to check out ABC's "Pan Am." iTunes is currently giving away all nine episodes of the series (which returns this month). Can't say I'm a fan (well, I do like cutie stewardesses), but if you're looking for something to pass the time, it's a decent freebie.
Bonus deal No. 2: Game time! For a limited time, Amazon has Rockstar's L.A. Noire: The Complete Edition (Win) for $12.49. This well-reviewed crime thriller routinely sells for at least $40. Note that this is the download, not boxed, version.