..ah, the joys of starting a question with Why. Makes people read it cos they want to find out what is the question! Right. Why are the power cables, the power sockets, the hard disk sockets etc etc designed to have 80pins, or 4pins? Why must there be 5 or 6 different red and yellow cables running in to a card? Surely when the egg-heads (whom I am eternally grateful to), were developing PC's, did they decide to make the cables such a way? What happened to the traditional 3 pronged plug and a small black jack?