This is my favorite Raymond Chen quote, and I'm putting it here so I can find it faster in the future:
Good advice comes with a rationale so you can tell when it becomes bad advice. If you don't understanding why something should be done, then you've fallen into the trap of cargo cult programming, and you'll keep doing it even when it's no longer necessary or even becomes deleterious.
Pogo, the breakaway magsafe-like audio plug. Something like this would've saved me the pain of my previous post. However, I've now moved on to wireless headphones and won't be going back.