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Desk Decoration

How do you decorate your desk

Typical items:

1. Monitor,Mouse,keyboard  (speakers)
2. Hub, Computers
3. Telphone, Clock,
4. Books
5. Pictures of Family Members
6. Air-Freshners,  Dilbert Calanders
7. In-bin/ Out-bin.

Thursday, June 26, 2003

With absolutely no more than required to get my work done. I hate cluttered work spaces.

Desk right now: 2 monitors (dev PC), keyboard, mouse. PC is on the floor. Laptop, printer, lamp, mouse. Wireless peripherals for less cable clutter.

Brad Wilson (
Thursday, June 26, 2003

Five empty Timmies cups XL
1 pepsi
100 blank cds
2 - 19" monitors
3 boxes (not a cover in sight)
smokes (hidden behind monitor, shhh!)
200 kids related items (fathers day cards, pics, cards, poems, etc) mostly on the walls
Mummy hat (kids say it looks like me - sniff)
piles of books and papers

Thursday, June 26, 2003

Lots of plants scattered about, for color
A wooden fish puzzle, very pretty
A row of iron "tavern" puzzles
My laptop, which I use as an MP3 player
Sweater for when the A/C is too high
Monitor, keyboard, etc.

Brent P. Newhall
Thursday, June 26, 2003

C# for Experienced Programmers
Water Bottle
Enough "stickies" on my monitor to make is resemble a flower
Picture of hubby
Dilbert comics
Stuffed purple aardvark that has been bound and gagged (don't ask:)

Thursday, June 26, 2003

2 computers
A few random posters for things that amuse me
A few random toys
A sculpture or two
Astonishingly little paper -- 2-3 post-its and a bin unsorted paper.

Thursday, June 26, 2003


Two IBM Servers

Thursday, June 26, 2003

two monitors
Grier's Serial Communications
Wrox's Professional C#
Much hair (as the result of the previous two volumes)
Two phones and a bunch of telco wire
two keyboards
various mugs and pencil holders
small bookshelf
hamster cage
emails, EDI guides, various other printouts
Sony Clie
is that enough?


Thursday, June 26, 2003

Two coffee mugs
Giant talking green hands
Master Shake air freshener
bottle of ibuprofen
scattered papers
Two KVM switched computers
pictures of my nieces

Thursday, June 26, 2003

21" monitor
colour ink-jet printer
photos of wife (x2)
wedding photo
porcelain dragons (x3)
broken wine glass
anti-histamines (Reactin, Allertin, Cromolyn, Semprex, Spersallerg, ...)
tea (1/2 liter, hot, Darjeeling, lemon)
Mountain Equipment Co-Op catalog (spring/summer 2003)
pen (Parker: gold and onyx)
roll of duct tape
philips screwdriver
roll electrical tape
tape measure
english-latin/latin-english dictionary
pliers (x2)

Anonymous Coward
Thursday, June 26, 2003

books (Perl, Java, XML, Unix)
note pads
the organization's calendar

The Real PC
Thursday, June 26, 2003

Just enough so that if security ever tap me on the shoulder and say "pack your things", I can just walk out.

Friday, June 27, 2003

I don't have very much stuff at work at all. We're moving office soon and they've had these massive crates delivered for people to pack their stuff in: I'm looking at this going "I was just going to carry my pad and two pens to the new office myself..."

On my desk I have:

A coffee cup, because I'd have to get up to go to the recycle bin. A sketch plan of a bit of the system architecture which I can throw away.

An A4 lined pad and my favourite chewing pen[1]. Which, frankly, I can leave behind if necessary.

My bag, a biography of Alan Turing (that goes in the bag) and my jacket.

Given this massive lack of clutter around me (compared to, for example, John's desk, which is surrounded by piles of monitors, half assembled machines and stacks of folders) people passing by **STILL** manage to knock over my crutch which is lent on the desk.

Even inside my desk I only have two spare pens, a spare A4 pad, a bag of crisps and a couple of cans.

There should be a bottle of hand moisturiser around somewhere as well, but I haven't seen that lately. It might well be in the car.

I'm the only person in the office who conforms to the clear desk policy..

[1] Actually, I tend to suck them rather than chew. Certainly they do actually run out of ink before they need throwing away. Duncan chews pens. And I mean TO DESTRUCTION. The bins at home in the office are full of these bitten-in-half remnants of biros. There's something disturbing about that.

Katie Lucas
Friday, June 27, 2003

My office, like this:

Client sites, as little as possible. Generally what I'm carrying. I currently have a bottle of water, a couple of magazines, some apples, pda, pc, monitor, door card, notes scribbled on a4 sheets, Waltzing with Bears, CVS pocket reference and my bag. Hmm, sounds more than it looks...

Len Holgate
Friday, June 27, 2003

Currently working around the desk left to right
SonyEricsson P800 in cradle
Office Phone
Casio Fx-7000G (Wow thats old now.... around 20 years old)
Monitor cleaning spray (good for eyeglasses too)
Perpetual calender LCD clock thing sitting on a small stack of CDs
21" Monitor
Proper IBM clacky keyboard from UniComp (No F**** windows key for me) 15" LCD monitor
Car Keys
MSDN / Microsoft Certified partner CD pile
MSDN Platform archive disks (16 & 32 bit versions)
Desk tidy containing pens, lighter,screwdriver, pair of pliers
Spindle containing 15 blank CD roms
Pile of paper including a project someone would like us to invest in.
Copy of Gunnerson "a programmers introduction to C#"
Win2003 180 day eval software pack (Like AOL CDs round here)
Mobile pedestal with drawers full of crap from the last office move :)

Peter Ibbotson
Friday, June 27, 2003

>MSDN Platform archive disks (16 & 32 bit versions)
>Spindle containing 15 blank CD roms

put two and two together..

Friday, June 27, 2003

- Tower case
- 2 19" Monitors
- Keyboard / Mouse
- Bottle of water
- Laptop (with pizza box on it)
- Slinky
- Little sand garden with rocks and rake :)
- iMac
- Phone
- Cell Phone
- COM and ATL 3.0 book

Friday, June 27, 2003

Pro-star desktop replacement laptop

Compaq IPaq
Palm m505
Pam m500
Sharp Zaurus

All the pdas are dev. purposes.

Thats it.

Friday, June 27, 2003

One rather useless person used to have another rather useless but female person sitting on his desk most of the day.

We started calling her "paperweight".

Joe AA
Friday, June 27, 2003

Oh boy. What *don't* I have on my desk? Going left to right:

Access 97 developer's handbook
Bunch of stackable in/out boxes
Random papers and stuff in said in/out boxes
A candy bowl with no candy in it
Unopened pack of 10 CD-RWs
About two dozen origami cranes folded out of candy wrappers
A few origami cranes folded out of post-it notes
Candy wrappers that have not yet been folded into cranes
Cereal bowl (tucked into one of the stackable in/out boxes)
Backscratcher ($1 at Pier One. Best Investment Ever.)
Document holder/stand
Water bottle, empty
Left-hand mouse
Monitor (big and black. I forgive the latter because of the former)
On top of monitor: name plackard, a Lego Tusken Raider, a cockroach made out of half a pumpkin seed shell and some wire, a tiny little mug with my name on it, another origami crane, and an R2-D2 action figure which beeps if you press the right spot.
Around monitor: paper with often-used Alt-Num shortcuts, some pretty flower stickers which don't really stick all that well anymore, and random post-its.
Right-hand mouse
Hand lotion
Collection of Star Wars Pepsi cans (18 of them)
Signature pad
Paper clip holder
Alcohol dispenser
Origami Chinese vase which holds rubber bands
Box of push pins
Stack of music CDs
CD holder with software CDs
R2-D2 which used to hold candy, now contains blue push pins
Box of kleenex
Graveyard Stack (this is where all my papers, folders, books, pads, etc. end up when I have to clean my desk. It's not quite falling over. Yet.)

Friday, June 27, 2003

I guess I am too lazy to clean my desk.  Going left to right:

2 19" monitors
CD (Jimmy Page, Robert Plant - No Quarter)
Best Solutions
Dilbert Calendar (a week behind)
highlighters, pens, pencils
T-Mobile Pocket PC Phone
glasses and case
facial tissue
spiral notebook
various papers

Happy Friday :)

Bryan Shaw
Friday, June 27, 2003

Aside from the PC junk, some items:

A 1965 Honeywell thermometer
A Romulan Warbid sitting atop my monitor
A Borg perched upon the whiteboard
Pictures of Presidents Nixon and Reagan on the cube wall
A He111 coming straight at me (on my big aviation calendar)
A Jesse Ventura action figure
Nude lady ("Hold it Devious!" "The Bishop!")

Mark Newman
Friday, June 27, 2003

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