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bin filing precedence table [Jan. 7th, 2006|06:09 pm]
Brad Fitzpatrick
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As I've written about before, I swear by bins. All stuff goes in bins. It keeps me partway sane.

Recently my bin system failed me, though: I had a AC adapters for networking gear in the network wiring bin (which used to include network gear), and I was looking for them in the AC adapter bin.

Clearly I need a bin filing precendence table. Examples:

PS2 or XBox RCA adapter: Gaming bin, or RCA bin?
PS2 or XBox coax adapter: Gaming bin, or coax bin?

In those cases, since the cable's other side can only be used in its respective game system, I'm going to have to go with gaming bin.

Back to the original problem: AC adapter for networking switch: I should've stuck with AC adapter for consistency, especially since so many switches don't include any brand name of their corresponding product on them. All you can do is line up marked volts/amps anyway. (all products that don't come with volts/amps marked on them, I write on with permanent marker lately when I still have the product and AC adapter together......)

I actually don't have an RCA bin... it's RCA/8th inch/quarter inch... combinations you likely find together. And mix of 1, 2, 3, and 5 pair.

Coax bin includes things that terminate with coax: antennas, RF adapters, etc. If RF adapter has coax and then RCA, coax wins... it's higher up my precendence chart.

So I guess the table looks like:

ac adapter
rj-11, including phones, cabling, and sip phones w/ rj-45 w/o rj-11
networking cables
networking gear
computer parts
computer cables

Hm, where would rj-45 to serial go?

I wish I could just tag all my stuff and find it back with an RFID scanner or something. One day?

Update: Great problem case: two cables I know came with a laptop for doing s-video to RCA. Is that under video, computer, or RCA? They don't need to be used with a computer, though, so I'm hereby introducing a video category for s-video/dvi/hdmi that takes precendence above rca/eight/quarter-inch. You care.

[User Picture]From: xotiffany
2006-01-08 02:14 am (UTC)
You should show Frank the way of organization. Please.

Also, are you still planning to upload the images from your Christmas party?
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[User Picture]From: scsi
2006-01-08 03:55 am (UTC)
I organize stuff in a bin called 'crap'.
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[User Picture]From: supersat
2006-01-08 02:50 am (UTC)
Sounds like you need this.

You could take it one step further and combine an RFID reader and WiFi antenna (for indoor location information) so that every time the reader detects a tag, it records its approximate location in a DB. Then, when you want to find something, you can just query the DB for the last known location.
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[User Picture]From: mcfnord
2006-01-08 02:57 am (UTC)
Matter needs tangible hyperlinks.
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[User Picture]From: brad
2006-01-08 03:46 am (UTC)
Or I just need a from-the-future 3-D printer, so I can print cables I need on-demand.
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[User Picture]From: lisa
2006-01-08 03:13 am (UTC)
Wait, what happened to the ziplock bag system?
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[User Picture]From: brad
2006-01-08 03:42 am (UTC)
Everything's in ziplock backs inside the bins. Ziplocks bags are there to prevent the rat's-nesting and fish-hooking of all the cables.
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From: pinterface
2006-01-08 03:13 am (UTC)

It's Categories vs. Tags All Over Again

That's the problem with a category-based system: things can only be in one bin at a time. What you need are tags. That way, components can be in multiple bins at once, making them much easier to find.

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[User Picture]From: brad
2006-01-08 03:42 am (UTC)

Re: It's Categories vs. Tags All Over Again

Didn't make it to the end of my post, eh?
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From: pinterface
2006-01-08 03:53 am (UTC)


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From: evan
2006-01-08 03:35 am (UTC)
For power dongles, I tape 'em to the device they support.
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[User Picture]From: d4b
2006-01-08 04:09 am (UTC)
Stunned that no one's yet made a joke about filing them all in /usr/local/bin.
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[User Picture]From: mpnolan
2006-01-08 04:51 am (UTC)
I actually just wrote a post about something like this! My proposal was to throw everything in a big vat and send the objects down a chute using a filesystem-like interface.
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[User Picture]From: notcharming
2006-01-08 05:00 am (UTC)
is your file/folder naming protocol this organised too?
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[User Picture]From: brad
2006-01-08 05:43 am (UTC)
It doesn't have to be. Computers are good (or at least fast) at searching. You only need good organization when you have to get off your ass and rummage around to find things.
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[User Picture]From: meowpurrr
2006-01-08 05:05 am (UTC)
i always find it reassuring when i'm outgeeked :>
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[User Picture]From: taral
2006-01-08 05:05 am (UTC)
Google Cable Search
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[User Picture]From: jope
2006-01-08 05:49 am (UTC)
Surely you've been made aware of the MNFTIU approach to this dilemma?
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[User Picture]From: brad
2006-01-08 05:52 am (UTC)
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[User Picture]From: mart
2006-01-08 10:55 pm (UTC)

Hmm. I think that stuff is a bit… surreal for my tastes.

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[User Picture]From: scosol
2006-01-08 10:26 am (UTC)
i dunno- i've got ONE ac-adapter bin-
for everything-
from networking equipment to synthesizers to random devices-
once they're all in the same place you realize it doesn't matter what came with what, you've got enough of them that you can satisfy any requirement-
9v DC?
5V AC?
i've got like 10 of each-
the only time it screws me is when i need to plug in some obscure device like my Electric Mistress that takes 24VAC@2A or my Peavey preamp that takes 18VAC@5A and i have to dig through everything to find it-
or my german sequencers with their damned reversed-polarity
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[User Picture]From: octal
2006-01-08 06:00 pm (UTC)
I do this with footlockers. I put units inside in ziploc bags (so e.g. power supplies stay with the device they power)
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[User Picture]From: kelly
2006-01-08 06:26 pm (UTC)

I know where you got it from

Back when I was 8 or so, I got a bunch of small number stickers. I used them on every dresser/desk drawer knob, shelf, etc in my bedroom. Then I wrote out a list of every item by number. So your sickness is truly genetic :)
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