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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.
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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.

-Max
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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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