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Anne Lee  Identity Verified
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Sep 30, 2007

So far, I have kept my cables and leads in a large plastic box in a corner of my office, but as the number of electronic devices in my office increases, the number of chargers and adaptors in my box has now become so big that I need a labelling and tangle-free storage system. Any tips, anyone?

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franksf
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Universal power adaptor Oct 1, 2007

As far as power supplies are concerned, there are universal adaptors for sale.

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PAS  Identity Verified
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Simple? Oct 1, 2007

Stick a piece of masking tape around the cable close to the "equipment plug" end (not the electric outlet end) and write with a permanent marker the name of the thing it goes with (e.g. "Jimmy's Nokia mobile").

I usually fold my cables in loops (ca. 30-40 cm diameter) and keep the loops together using wire or plastic twist ties.

I also keep different cables in different places - my audio cables are separate from my computer cables etc.

HTH
Pawel Skalinski


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Do you mean the cables that are not in use? Oct 1, 2007

I have something like this on the wall http://www.zzounds.com/item--MIDCLAW except that the claws are in tracking and can be adjusted sideways to accommodate different sizes of plug.

Hardware store, electrical store, Computer World? Sorry, I can't remember. All I remember is they call them cable tidies in the U.K.

HTH
Chris


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Armorel Young  Identity Verified
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Not an answer but a cautionary tale Oct 1, 2007

I inadvertently destroyed my external hard drive by plugging into it the power supply belonging to my laptop - the two cables look virtually identical and I made the foolish assumption that they were interchangeable, which they clearly aren't. So I am now a fervent advocate of labels!

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Gillian Scheibelein  Identity Verified
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ziplock zipper bags Oct 1, 2007

I use sticky labels on the lead/plug and put each in separate labelled ziplock zipper bag (with the sliding thingy on the top, not the press kind). This stops cables getting tangled and I can find what I want nice and quickly. The ziplock bags stay flat and stack easily.

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Anne Lee  Identity Verified
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Thanks for the useful tips Oct 1, 2007

These are all very useful ideas. I will use some labels and ziplock zipper bags until I can find a cable tidy for the spaghetti-like pile in my cable box. Drastic action is needed.

Armorel, your story is a cautionary tale and may well explain why my son's external hard drive ceased working after a games weekend at a friend's house. Anyway, that's a different subject (already raised under a different heading).

Many thanks, everyone.


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