Eight months.. wow! Quite some time has passed since I've decided to switch my more or less working 512 RGB LED coffee table to the newer Rainbowduino V3 controllers to drive those LEDs. At this point I couldn't really anticipate that getting a working firmware for my needs up and running would be that time consuming. Luckily I was able to solve this problem nearly two month ago so that it was time again to focus on the table and get the remaining hardware tasks sorted out. If you want to find out what has happened the last two months concerning my coffee table project than feel free to continue reading this blog post 🙂
While searching for an USB3.0 docking station for 3.5" SATA hard drives the SATA Quickport XT USB3.0 offered by Sharkoon got my attention at one point. It's simple, not that pricey and doesn't take up too much space. One of the things I was looking for was that it should provide an on/off switch so that you don't have to rely on the operating system to suspend the disks which usually depends on how well the SATA<->USB bridge inside the docking station is supported. What I don't understand is why Sharkoon places this switch on the back of the docking station so that it can't be reached easily if a disk is inserted into it - this kind of sucks if suspending the disk via the operating system doesn't work reliable. But luckily the top part of the docking station isn't used by an eject button, activity-LEDs or anything else except the imprinted Sharkoon logo - guess where I've moved the on/off switch to 🙂
Do you sometimes have the feeling that whenever you go one step forward someone pushes you immediately back to your starting position? Someone who is so persistent that whatever you do you have no chance to get any further? A desperate battle where only one person will be the loser: You! You fell me? Yes? So than say Hello to the Useless Machine which incorporates all of this in a little black plastic box.