OK... what can make you folks want to bang your head against the wall in disbelief?
I'm a wee bit, shall we say, flabbergasted, by the ability of my computer to "forget" it has a built-in USB hub. In fact, as I'm typing this, it is vanishing again. That wouldn't be all that bad if Medion hadn't decided to connect some vital stuff to that hub: the WiFi adapter, for example.
Since the hub has several ways of crashing, it's always interesting to play "What's going to happen next?" when it does. Sometimes that little WLAN symbol next to the clock in the lower right corner reappears, sometimes it doesn't. In other words, each time the computer doesn't find the hub again, I have to log off or even reboot the entire system if I want to get online again. I've removed the offending items from the Windows setup, re-installed them, updated the drivers, deactivated all unused devices on the USB hub and whatnot... no effect whatsoever.
Well, to that I have gotten used. But with Apple's brilliant idea to not include a charger in the iPod packages, I have to charge that thing via USB as well... and yes, you guessed right, sometimes the iPod reconnects to the PC after a "hub crash", obviously stops playing and displays "do not disconnect". Of course, it's not possible to resume playing after it has re-synced.
So I'll end up buying a USB charger... nothing worse for a battery than being recharged partially over and over again, and dear Apple: yes, I do want to charge my iPod and listen to MP3s while my computer is off. That's why I bought it!
Sorry about the thread, but I needed to get that off my back.