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ziploc day [Aug. 8th, 2004|03:42 pm]
Brad Fitzpatrick
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Today's clean the house today because it's too hot outside.

I went on a short bike ride, accomplished my mission (five thousand ziploc bags), and quickly returned.

So now I'm putting all my small stuff in ziploc bags because the zip-tie plan from the other month wasn't thought out that well.

See, I have about five thousand small parts and cables in a bunch of bins. But without ziploc bags, they all get tangled up and impossible to search through.

RFID could be useful here. Tag the ziploc bags with RFID tags, linked with pictures which I could lazilly meta-data at will. Then when I want something I get out my RFID reader and search for the proper room and bin.

But I digress. Back to baggying.

[User Picture]From: matthew
2004-08-08 03:47 pm (UTC)
ooooo.... That (RFID) would rock....

I'd never lose anything again. well, ok, I'd still lose it, but I'd at least know approximately where it was, right?
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[User Picture]From: feren
2004-08-08 03:52 pm (UTC)
Your RFID plan sounds neat, but it suffers from the affliction all system administrators are burdened with. Let's go to the filmstrip:

[Feren's Supervisor] Add the Gurnee center and the Mesa center to our MRTG site, would ya?
[Feren] Sure!

--- Four minutes later ---

[Feren] Hey, this task of adding a device to our MRTG monitoring script and then updating the webserver's files and making directories is repetitive and slow. It takes me almost four minutes to do this by hand every time I want to add a new router!
[Coworker] So script it, dude.
[Feren] That's a brilliant idea!

--- twenty minutes later ---

[Feren] KSH sucks.

--- twenty minutes later ---

[Feren] Bash sucks.

--- two hours later ---

[Feren] Well, it's a kludge, but I've gotten this PERL script to do everything I want with just three lines of input upon startup.
[Coworker] You stayed late... because you were too lazy to add a second website by hand, and instead spent hours trying to make a script to do it for you? How many times will you have to run it to get a return on your time investment?

--- five minutes later ---

[Feren] Shut up.
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[User Picture]From: brad
2004-08-08 04:02 pm (UTC)
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[User Picture]From: mart
2004-08-09 11:28 am (UTC)

It's the principle of the thing. Human is clever, machine is dumb. Human tells machine how to perform task once, machine does job many times.

Doing stupid jobs like that is the machine's job. Also, you learnt from this that KSH and Bash both suck and to write everything in perl in future, which is a lot more valuable than the resulting script itself!

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From: ex_tawneelyn258
2004-08-08 03:57 pm (UTC)
If I had the gas I would drive down and help. I am a virgo and love jobs like that...

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[User Picture]From: epiphany
2004-08-08 04:33 pm (UTC)

Hotness? WTF?

I'm in Portland right now housesitting (what section of town do you live in btw, if you don't mind divulging?) and it's hotter here than it is back home in L.A. I knew you Portlanders weren't fond of folks from California, but this is cruel and unusual punishment!

~ E.
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[User Picture]From: brad
2004-08-08 04:34 pm (UTC)

Re: Hotness? WTF?

I'm out west in the burbs.
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[User Picture]From: jwz
2004-08-08 04:46 pm (UTC)
You should totally post a picture of each ziplock bag with a cable in it, with a description of each. And add an RSS feed so that we know when you've added new cables. It will be like wiki-cool d00d!
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[User Picture]From: brad
2004-08-08 04:53 pm (UTC)
And let people vote on their favorites!!!!
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From: angelwithasword
2004-08-08 05:24 pm (UTC)
Only if a there will be a meme where you put in your LJ name, age, and favorite color, and you get a picture of which one of Brad's ziplock baggies you are.
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[User Picture]From: adamthebastard
2004-08-08 06:54 pm (UTC)
So long as you setup a syndicate journal so we can comment on the contents of each bag.
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[User Picture]From: nolegs
2004-08-08 07:40 pm (UTC)
I have very little faith in your bag system. How are you going to organize them so that they won't just get messed up? Maybe you should just get a massive version of this. Or maybe just reduce the size of, and increase the number of, your bins. I don't trust the bags. Though plastic baggies have treated me well most of my life in other areas I don't see them being effective in organizing small bits of junk and shit.
Myself, I just toss shit wherever and when I need to find something I get to curse things and every now and then break something fragile against the wall.
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[User Picture]From: brad
2004-08-08 07:47 pm (UTC)
I have 3 bins:

-- power and telephone (including cellphone apparti)
-- audio/video
-- computer

It's mostly cables and adapters. Without baggies they knot up with each other. Especially serial or VGA cables with those little screws on the side... they catch other cables like a fish hook.

Also, this way instead of seeing the end of a cable I want and spending minutes untangling it only to find it has the wrong end on the other side, I can just dump out the whole bin, spread it all around on the floor, find what I want, and scoop everything back in.
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[User Picture]From: nolegs
2004-08-08 08:30 pm (UTC)
I understand your system now. I should never have doubted a Brad.
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[User Picture]From: avatraxiom
2004-08-08 11:44 pm (UTC)
Yeah, that's a pretty good idea. I just use rubber bands for that at work, though, and then I keep the different types of things in different bins. :-) Office Depot has a bunch of nice different-sized bins that work pretty well.

Of course, Ziploc Bags is a pretty cool solution. That'll probably work well.

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[User Picture]From: xaosenkosmos
2004-08-09 06:55 am (UTC)
I can just dump out the whole bin, spread it all around on the floor, find what I want, and scoop everything back in.

I now have my doubts about this whole grand scheme. If my experience with Lego is a good indicator, the "scoop everything back in" step only happens after someone else in the house steps on a piece in the dark.

(that one line brought back so many fun happy-fuzzy feelings... the obnoxious loud clatter of bricks in that hideous red plastic container, tumbling out onto the carpet like so many anti-personnel mines, or at least thumbtacks... god those things hurt to step on.)
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[User Picture]From: mart
2004-08-09 11:28 am (UTC)

The worst are cables with RJ45 jacks on the ends. When you try to pull them out of the box the little plastic levers catch on other stuff and get snapped off and then your cable won't stay in the hole anymore. :(

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[User Picture]From: marksmith
2004-08-12 08:11 pm (UTC)
and then your cable won't stay in the hole anymore.

Sounds like a personal problem there, dude.

(But really, I hate that too. The cables with snaps on the end to lock them in place.)
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[User Picture]From: ke
2004-08-08 08:53 pm (UTC)


Greg said leave a comment, but I don't know why.... but here anyway, whats RFID?
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[User Picture]From: brad
2004-08-08 09:51 pm (UTC)

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[User Picture]From: stalk_her
2004-08-08 10:07 pm (UTC)
ziploc is how I organize my life also
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