How do you store cables?
I've got dozens of wires & cables - patch cables, USB, serial, phone wire, KVM, etc, etc, etc.
ziplock bags. One each.
Socks arranged by type and color? Just trying to form a mental picture.
The natural state of cables is to be tangled to each other. I have resigned myself to this fact and just throw them all in a box.
If you have a closet, just put up a bunch of hooks there, like $3 a piece at a hardware store, each one can hold 10-20 cables at least. Throw the cables over the hooks -- they won't be tangled, they'll be out of sight, they won't take up too much space, and will be relatively easy to find and easy to put back. For the ones you use a lot, just stick a hook on a regular wall.
Andy that's quite a good idea, might give it a go.
Joel is 100% right. Ziploc bags, the kind with the little pull zipper, one cable rolled up in each. They do not tangle, they're easy to dig through in a box and hunt for the one you need That's how I keep my couple hundred miscellaneous cables for computers, power supplies, recording, music equipment, etc.
Can I have a link for the ziplock bags. First I've heard of them.
About the hooks again, make sure to get the "C"-shaped ones, so you have 2 hooks in 1. Makes cables easier to find. If you have a whole bunch and enough space, you can get a rack for like $10 with 5 or 6 C-shaped hooks. That probably won't fit in a closet though, so if you care about looks then you might not want to put it out in the room.
Ahhh perhaps you had to be a wargamer in the UK to know ziploc bags at an early enough age for them to be natural repositories of stuff.
>Can I have a link for the ziplock bags. First I've
Ziploc bags, not zip lock or ziplock. This is why you're not getting any useful results in Google.
Wow that suede strip thing was full of repeats and such... hopefully you get the idea.. an approx. 6" long piece of suede strip tied to one end of the cable. Then when you wrap the cable (which is an art in-and-of itself, ask any good audio engineer, you don't loop long runs of cable around your hand and elbow) you use the strip to tie up the whole cable run to itself, as if it were the zip tie or twist tie that originally came around the cable when you bought it from the store.
Mark, I'm still having trouble visualizing this. You've got a dowel that's one to two FEET long, and you're using it to store a single cable? Got a digicam? (=
No, i have the dowel sticking out of the wall holding a number of cables. Since each cable is a self-contained loop, you just toss it onto the rod.. like playing horseshoes.
Thanks Matt; I'll have a look when I get back from vacation.
Oh, I see. I thought the string was at the end of the dowel.
no no no.
I put them all in a huge box. When I want one, I untangle.
> Untangling cables is more fun than writing code.
I've destroyed plenty of cables with this technique! Another thing that's more fun than writing code is going shopping for more cables.
Toss em. Trust me, you won't need 90% of em again. And the money you save by not having to store all the crap, will pay fo ritself, when you do need to buy something.
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