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Thread poster: Gianni Pastore

Gianni Pastore  Identity Verified
Italy
Local time: 17:00
Member (2007)
English to Italian
Feb 24, 2006

I wonder what you people usually keep on your desktop whilst working (excluding monitor, keyboard and mouse, of course). So let's take a desktop snapshot. Mine looks like a battlefield, and at the moment I got:

a) TV remote
b) Ashtray
c) Pack of cigs (don't bother asking me to quit. I won't)
d) Mobile phone
e) Printer
f) A ruler (dunno why, but it's been there for ages)
g) A 1/2 litre bottle of mineral water
h) A sheet holder
i) A lamp
j) Four CDs
k) Pack of tissues
l) A box of floppy disks (yes, I still use 'em)
m) CD cases (empty)
n) Uh... a... dead spider
o) A can of Orange Juice (half full)
p) A stapler (oh, here it is!)
q) An old mouse (probably broken)
r) Ash (this sxxks, I know)
s) A mouse pad (not being used, 'cause I got an optical one)
t) Telephone
u) Telephone book
v) Yellow pages
w) Two pens, one pencil & sharpener
x) Digital clock
y) Mobile phone battery recharger
z) Pack of lens cleaning tissues
ab) Spare pair of glasses
ac) My wallet
ad) 3 Coins (5 cents, 10 cents, 50 cents)
ae) 2 Pins
af) Two magnets for my blackboard
ag)
I think this is it! No, it's not... forgot a pack of self-made Post-it. Sorry about that.


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Rosa Maria Duenas Rios  Identity Verified
Local time: 11:00
My desk is very small... Feb 24, 2006

... so besides the computer (and accesories), I only have:
-a mug with pens and pencils (...and a ruler...)
-a document holder
-a block for notes
-my coffee mug

I have to have a tidy desk, otherwise I cannot work on it!

[Edited at 2006-02-24 15:14]


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Nadia-Anastasia Fahmi  Identity Verified
Greece
Local time: 18:00
English to Greek
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Clarification.... Feb 24, 2006

On my PC desk or both office desks and sideboard?

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Burrell  Identity Verified
United Kingdom
Local time: 16:00
Member (2004)
English to Latvian
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I would like to be tidy but... Feb 24, 2006

Somehow I am not very successful. I am on my second cup of coffee but the first one is still here (half full). Apart from one week worth of mail (opened, spread all over the table) and usual CDs, storage boxes, notes etc., I also have toys and for some reason a beach spade (the bucket is under the table) - courtesy of my kids.

Cheers,
Ines


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Rebecca Hendry  Identity Verified
United Kingdom
Local time: 16:00
Member (2005)
Spanish to English
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Despite a recent desk clear-up.... Feb 24, 2006

Apart from my computer, dictionaries etc I still have the following on my desk, most of which shouldn't really be there:

A stapler, holepunch and post-it notes
Various photos which do nothing more than clutter things up
My new car tax disk
A hairbrush and small mirror (no idea, I don't tend to get dolled up for work at home)
A birthday card (my birthday was almost 2 months ago)
A calculator
A spare button for my new coat
A 3-tiered in-tray (stuff I need to do or file on the top tier)
Several pens that no longer work but which I never throw out
A cup of tea

Such an organised desk!


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Monika Coulson  Identity Verified
Local time: 09:00
Member (2001)
English to Albanian
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Since you insist ;) Feb 24, 2006

I have a big desk, which has three levels.

The main level, where I put my computer screen I see:

5 paper dictionaries
2 Notebooks
My planner
A home phone set
A headphone
A cell
A palm
6 visible pens
An Albanian Yellow Pages Book
2 round CD holders, one almost full, the other half full with CDs
A tray with different docs on it (bills, signed contracts, etc.)
A moisturizer bottle

The upper level has 6 little compartments; two of them are closed with glass doors. On the other four I see:

1 compartment with my tax docs (W-2 Forms) that I am collecting (this stuff will be there until I decide to do the taxes for this year. The deadline is April 15)
1 compartment has my sunglasses and a camera
1 compartment has CDs on it
1 compartment has a ruler and a bag of bubble gum candies, which I took away from my 7-year old just the other day.

The lower level has drawers and they have pens, paper clips, highlighters, superglue, tape, stamps, envelopes, cartridges, paper (both white and colored.)

I forgot, on the top of my desktop my husband has put three modems (I believe), one surge protector and a can of Dust-Off. This is his stuff; I cannot even reach that high (unless I use a chair)

That' all I think,

Monika


[Edited at 2006-02-24 16:17]


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Heinrich Pesch  Identity Verified
Finland
Local time: 18:00
Member (2003)
Finnish to German
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Looks different here Feb 24, 2006

First there is the desk-lamp
some copies of lists for shortcuts for Trados etc.
a bill for next months incurence, they always send them a month in advance
a package with an evaluation disk for Transit, which I haven't had time to try out yet
a dictionay, more are on shelves
notepaper in front of the screen
and a small calculator for my invoices
mousepad and mouse
stapler
a can of pens and scissors and the like
headphones
cardreader 1in4
and the most important item, the desk calender, where I see when for whom I have to send the files.


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Maria Diaconu  Identity Verified
Romania
Local time: 18:00
English to Romanian
All sorts of useless things... Feb 24, 2006

a) printer (which I rarely use)
b) telephone (which I never use, because I only use the cell phone)
c) TV remote (equally useless...)
d) a plush stuffed Winnie the Pooh (it fell off the wall...)
e) a pile of CDs
f) two novels (which I read from time to time)
g) coffee cup (always full!)
h) empty bottle of Coke (don't know how it get there, I never drink that stuff)
i) a cat named "Miţi" (one of the two I have, you can see her by clicking the Personal tab in my profile page)
j) pens & pencils (to be retrieved from under the cat whenever needed)

That's all!
I used to have a lot of stuffed toys, but I took them away to make room for the cat.
Nice topic, by the way


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Kirill Semenov  Identity Verified
Ukraine
Local time: 18:00
Member (2004)
English to Russian
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I have to show the thread to my wife :) Feb 24, 2006

She always states that my workplace is a total mess. Now, reading other postings, I feel it's relatively tidy.

1) a LOT of CDs, both in boxes and out of them. In piles, all around. Mostly my son's computer games. Now I remember I was going to talk with the guy about not dropping his stuff on my desk...

2) Usual phone and my cell phone.

3) My pocket notebook.

4) Three pens.

5) My large working notebook.

6) My son's `notebook' - I don't know why it's here and I dare not to look inside. ... (1 minute passed) The notebook is already in his own room, along with a couple of CDs.

7) Several books: a pocket-size atlas of the world, an English-Russian Historical dictionary, a book of Arturo Perez-Reverte (I will continue reading it... well, when I have a spare time...).

8) Arrghh... My son's watches. Being parents we force him to control the time he spends playing computer games. 30 minutes and not a minute more! And don't tell us you haven't reach the next savegame point yet!


And, the last but not least, a glass of beer. It's Friday evening now!

Have a great evening and weekend, everybody!

Gianni, thank you for the great topic

PS. Another thing added while I was writing the posting. My cat is trying to accomodate himself over the pile of CDs.

[Edited at 2006-02-24 16:39]


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Maria Diaconu  Identity Verified
Romania
Local time: 18:00
English to Romanian
Arturo Perez-Reverte? Me too! Feb 24, 2006

One of the two novels I said I have on my desk is "The Seville Communion" (in Spanish "La piel del tambor", I have the Romanian translation).
What's yours?

Kirill Semenov wrote:

7) Several books: a pocket-size atlas of the world, an English-Russian Historical dictionary, a book of Arturo Perez-Reverte (I will continue reading it... well, when I have a spare time...).


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JackieMcC
Local time: 17:00
French to English
despite a recent tidy up, I still have Feb 24, 2006

a calculator
a notepad
several pens
a rack of CDs - my favourites for when working
my order book
a list of work done (money earned) so far this month
a photo of my daughter aged 5 (she is now 11)
a photo of my baby neice
2 stone hippos (quite small!)

... no work as I've just sent the last job of the week off, but a pile of mail which will have to wait until Monday now ...

... and a cat - Dinah, who is sitting on top of my screen looking disgruntled and sending "I'm hungry" vibes !!

Wishing everyone an enjoyable weekend,
Jackie


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Kirill Semenov  Identity Verified
Ukraine
Local time: 18:00
Member (2004)
English to Russian
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Hi Maria :) Feb 24, 2006

Now reading: `The Secret Meridian' (La Carta Esferica). In Russian, and I really enjoy the quality of the translation!

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Gianni Pastore  Identity Verified
Italy
Local time: 17:00
Member (2007)
English to Italian
TOPIC STARTER
The desk only Feb 24, 2006

Nadia Fahmi wrote:

On my PC desk or both office desks and sideboard?


...the one where you place your keyboard, Nadia!


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Gianni Pastore  Identity Verified
Italy
Local time: 17:00
Member (2007)
English to Italian
TOPIC STARTER
You're dead right, man! Feb 24, 2006

Kirill Semenov wrote:

And, the last but not least, a glass of beer. It's Friday evening now!



Thanks for the reminder, cheers!


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Magda Dziadosz  Identity Verified
Poland
Local time: 17:00
Member (2004)
English to Polish
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I wish my desk is bigger! Feb 24, 2006

Here it is:
- laptop, mouse, lamp, fax & telephone;
- two mugs with pens, pencils (ruler, of course );
- last year's book calendar (? ah, ok, some important addresses are there);
- this year's book calendar (huuuge!);
- a box with "very important papers" which I pretend never existed;
- calculator, my glasses, 3 lighters (mostly empty);
- ashtray - but no cigarets! In attempt to smoke less, I keep'em in the kitchen;
- pile of unidentified papers - probably bills and old printouts;
- second pile of unidentified papers - looks like materials given to me for interpreting assignment;
- third pile of papers - these are important, though!
- a list of files from the project I'm currently working on;
- Rudolph the Raindeer and his baby son;
- half-full coffee mug and empty wine glass.

Glad you didn't ask what's in my desk drawers!

Magda


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