I got to my office this morning and realized that my screens were unresponsive, as were my external keyboard and mouse. Assuming the issue was with my external docking station, I disconnected it from my laptop and then reconnected it; I unplugged it from the power source, waited a few seconds, then plugged it in again. Still nothing. Crap.
…And then I realized that a docking station is only useful when it is connected to a functional computer. I switched to my laptop keyboard and got the same response. I performed a cold boot of my laptop, and sure enough, the dock worked fine. It was my laptop (which I cannot recall when the last time I rebooted) that was the problem.
(For those of you who are wondering why I would rather the $1500 laptop be the problem rather than the $200 docking station, it is simple… the computer belongs to my company, and if it stops working our Service Desk takes it for an hour to fix it while I go outside for a cigar. Have a great weekend!)