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Published on January 27, 2009 By Bebi Bulma In Personal Computing

I was looking at this cool flickr set and saw how neatly the cables were organized and up off the floor, looked down at my own attempt at organizing and thought...ok I seriously need to do something about this.

I tried labeling some of the cables and tying up some of the excess cabling...but it feels like an exercise in futility. Not to mention makes it really difficult to clean under there (doh). And as for that hole in the desk brace thing...yeah I tried that too, then all the cables coming through it kept getting in my way and got kicked a lot, that thing is worthless.

So...do any of you have a better system? Worse? Show us your organized chaos and share your tips and solutions, because I'm sure this is an area we could all use a little help with. 

 


Comments (Page 3)
on Jan 28, 2009

Tailsgirl...I see you have a pic of my cable setup....all apart from the orange one.....all mine are indistinguishable black.....

 

I'd kill for an orange one.....

on Jan 28, 2009

I'll mail you my extension cable, that's orange.

on Jan 28, 2009

Here's mine.  As you can see from the photos, I've tried to tie up any extra lenghts of cable and keep them off the floor where possible.  It all starts under the desk:

The middle tower is an APC Back-Ups RT 2000VA.  All the computer equipment in my living room is plugged into it, and I actually have enough to push it over its load limit if I turn everything on.  A shot from behind the boxes:

I pulled the frontmost box out a bit for a better view.  You can see the tracks on the dust, which indicate I failed to vacuum from behind them.  I shall rectify the situation after making this post.  Moving to the top of the desk, some network equipment:

My local computer superstore sells even more colors of network cables.  The thing with the wire mesh cover is my firewall/router box.  It does not contain any moving parts, and gets rather warm.  Still, it's served me for more than three years now.  Next, some cables behind my main displays:

And lastly, some random chargers and stuff in the corner:

The computers down there are not in use right now, I've just put them there to be out of the way.  Both are in a good working condition though.  They also serve as a handy platform for the extension cord.

on Jan 28, 2009

I have more cables than you, mr. topic poster, apparently.   Mine is a mesh of wires.   I have even more than normal I think because I run my video game consoles (Wii, PS3) and cable though my computer and/or monitor.

on Jan 28, 2009

Bebi

Those belkin surge protectors have some wall mounting holes on the back of them I would try mounting them just under the wood part of your desk then plug your stuff in and cable tie off the slack, you will still see the cables however they will in a nice bundle very tidy looking!

P.S. Just don't get the cable ties to tight!

 

King819

on Jan 28, 2009

I just found my PHONE I lost ages ago amongst my cables, it was a payphone too.

 

on Jan 28, 2009

some of yall have fire hazardsssssssssss!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! warning fix pronto!!!!!!

on Jan 28, 2009

wow, fire hazard,hope you got 911 on speeddial

on Jan 28, 2009

king819
Bebi

Those belkin surge protectors have some wall mounting holes on the back of them I would try mounting them just under the wood part of your desk then plug your stuff in and cable tie off the slack, you will still see the cables however they will in a nice bundle very tidy looking!

P.S. Just don't get the cable ties to tight!

 
King819

I'm actually gonna try what the person did in the Flickr image I linked. I already ordered a new Belkin 12 outlet surge protector to replace the crappy 6 outlet ones my mom brought home from work. I also tried to order the rack from IKEA, but they wanted $18 to ship a $10 wire rack! The hell with that, so I'll just pick one up from the store whenever I go to orange county again (or have my uncle grab one if he comes up here).

I have more cables than you, mr. topic poster, apparently.

That would be Ms.

on Jan 28, 2009

lol I noticed he said mr

some of yall have fire hazardsssssssssss!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I know and the wiring here is really old, [surge protector bit the dust because of this..]   the electricity folks even sent me a letter, AND phoned me, telling me I'm in danger.. .. and they asked me to contact them, to get THEM to fix it ..why not do it NOW, whilst we are ON the phone guys?....But nope.. I was told, I have to call them.. wtf?   so, I'd have to hang up, call that person back to ask them to fix it?.. ok too weird.

on Jan 28, 2009

tried to order the rack from IKEA, but they wanted $18 to ship a $10 wire rack! The hell with tha

that just like computer parts from newegg.com

 

on Jan 28, 2009

DarthCaedusMorgan

tried to order the rack from IKEA, but they wanted $18 to ship a $10 wire rack! The hell with tha
that just like computer parts from newegg.com

 

I've ordered all my parts from newegg and never had a problem with insane shipping. newegg

on Jan 28, 2009

Bebi Bulma

Quoting DarthCaedusMorgan, reply 16
tried to order the rack from IKEA, but they wanted $18 to ship a $10 wire rack! The hell with tha
that just like computer parts from newegg.com

 
I've ordered all my parts from newegg and never had a problem with insane shipping. newegg

How about this item i had to buy just one of these small items, for $12 and had to pay $6 bucks just for standard shipping. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822998001

 

its the small and cheap items that I get annoyed with for shipping charges. Im fine with large items, newegg is great anyways

on Jan 28, 2009

Well half the cost of the product for shipping isn't as bad and TWICE the cost of the product for shipping. But it's always like that on small products anyway.

on Jan 28, 2009

At least all your cables are connected to stuff...

 

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