Originally Posted by Bubbagump
1) Yes, that is real gold plating. It turns out that gold is a great conductor so it is used fairly often in high end cables.
2 + 3) 12' means the cable is 12 feet long
4) I thought it was supposed to stay on until you read the new mail, but I'm not sure. Somebody else will have to answer this one more definitively
5) Leaving it on all night is not going to break it. It is an LED, they last forever and barely use any power. So don't worry about it unless the extra light makes it hard to sleep, heh.