...In Michael's Lightroom 2 video tutorial, Ingesting, he states; "connecting the camera to the computer, bad idea".
He did not say why this is bad, so I am intrigued about this advice. I have never heard this advice given before.
I use a card reader out of personal convenience, but why should you never connect the camera?
When USB ports fail it's usually upon connection or disconnection from the computer. Every time you plug or unplug, there's a chance of a zzzzap frying something. If it's your unlucky day, it's far better to have zapped a reader that can be replaced at relatively low cost than it is to zap a camera costing hundreds of dollars to repair.