Plugable USB 2.0 Universal Dock

The elves have been busy, trying to get our first product to market within the month.

And so, we’re proud to announce that the Plugable Universal USB 2.0 Docking Station (UD-160-A) is now — as of Saturday night — for sale on Amazon here in the US. And at a price around or better than any other product with similar functionality.

Because the product fulfillment is handled by Amazon, so you get their reliable same-day turnaround on orders. And all of Amazon’s consumer-focused guarantees and order support.

For more of the product details, see: http://plugable.com/products/ud-160-a/
And for support forums, see: http://getsatisfaction.com/plugable/products/plugable_usb_20_docking_station_ud_160_a

This is a surprisingly flexible and useful device. But that can also make it hard to picture before you have one in hand. So over the coming weeks, look for a series of posts here about how to make the most of the Plugable dock, including some of the most interesting and valuable use cases on Windows, Mac, and Linux.

Plug and play multiseat presentation

In getting more background from this talk, it was great to review the videos on ndiyo.org and displaylink.org with all the history and background on the concept of low-cost multiseat.  Didn’t want too much history in slides, but it will come up verbally, and it’s a rich and interesting history.

The one comment the presentation generated was “what happened to all the other people on earth?” :)

Plug and Play Multiseat – Sides for Linux Plumbers Conference BoF Sept 23, 2009.

Hopefully the outcome of the conference will be more awareness and energy directed towards making this stuff “just work”.

Plug and play multiseat

[Update March 2011, the Plugable DC-125 USB Docking Client has launched]

At the annual Linux Plumber’s Conference next week in Portland, OR, I’ve signed up for a session Wednesday afternoon on plug and play multiseat.  The hope is to discuss and encourage integrating support for this scenario and hardware into Linux.

Love the conference name. No cracks about Mario throwing a wrench in the demo.

Generosity, karma, and cakes

A FedEx truck pulled into the driveway this morning. Ring – Ring.  Delivered a box, addressed to me. It was marked “perishable”, from “The Secret Spoon” company.  No other description on the otherwise white box.

Wow, weird. What is this?  My birthday isn’t this month – must be work related.

Here I am just in the earliest stages of getting things going with Plugable, having just finished at DisplayLink last month – and still feeling guilty about all I chose to leave behind.

The return address is San Diego.   Yesterday, I had some first calls with my ODM contacts about getting devices produced – boy, if this is them, they are crazy and eager.  Doubt it.

I carry it to the kitchen, and Laurie and I huddle around it, making guesses as we open it.  It’s packed in ice for overnight delivery.  No hint yet who it’s from.

And in the middle is a wonderful chocolate cake, with a card.

Good luck in the future, Bernie
With very best wishes from
your friends in Cambridge

Wow.  That’s so cool.  Kind, generous, and surprising.  And very touching to have anyone spend the time to do that.

Karma is real, not in a mystical way, but practically.  This is a surprisingly big world, and yet also a surprisingly small one. We will meet again.  And people notice how others are treated.

So to my friends in Cambridge – you’re wonderful!  So long, and thanks for all the cake1 (and may the hyperspacial express route not cross your path).

Please don’t be shy to call or email anytime.

Cheers,
Bernie