Monday, February 14, 2011

Hacking My Workspace

Not too long ago I saw this article on Lifehacker on a "Cordless Workspace" which inspired me to do something about the mess of cables, hanging off my desk (well, really a table).

I went looking for a basket similar to the one they used (seen to the right here), but had no luck.

I ended up doing things on the cheap. I purchased a roll of garbage bag ties (that you can cut to length) and some "screw eyes".

I placed screw eyes around larger items like my power supply and internet isp modem and then along the back of the desk. I inserted the garbage ties through the eyes and around the devices and cables to hold everything in place. Lastly I secured some of the loose cables by duct tape. I know... but hey, it works!

In the photo below you'll see my D-Link router, power bar, ISP cable modem, a USB hub and some of the cabling.

I still have a little bit of work to do as you can see from the view of my desk. I want to better hide the cable on the right, going to my cable modem and the power cord on the left, going to the wall.

Also, I'm thinking of installing some kind of basket drawer for my scanner to make more room on top of my desk.

Overall I am pretty happy with the outcome considering it was only a couple hours of work and a total cost of about $5.00.

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