They say that a picture is worth a thousand words, which is clearly nonsense. My mother’s family photos, for instance, are worth three (Flash. Too. Bright). But this simple photo, from LifeProTips on Twitter, really does explain everything…
Which won’t stop me writing a little bit more. This simple but clever hack makes your Mag-Safe MacBook plug mag-safe even when it’s not plugged in. Just grab the spring from an old, dried-up ballpoint pen and wrap it around the end of any cable you don’t want sliding off your desktop.
Next, tear the rare-earth magnet out of one of the packages your many iPhone case review units arrived in (that’s where I harvest my magnets from, anyway) and stick it to the side of your desk.
Congratulations. You now have an easy-to-use, no-hook cable manager.
This idea is pretty great, and will of course work for any lightweight cable. The only problem will be getting enough metal springs to properly equip all the cables needed by the modern docked MacBook. Perhaps there’s another less wasteful solution?