Set Your Tech Apart in Groups with Desk Supplies

Set Your Tech Apart in Groups with Desk Supplies

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Taryn Williford
Jan 24, 2011

You know what that is up there? That's maybe the most genius and simple hack we've seen in a while: Wrap a rubber band around your power cord and not only do you have a great way to keep the heavy, slippery little thing from falling off the table, you have a way to tell your cord apart from all of the cords of the other Mac fanboys in your Modern Art study group. Here's four other desk supplies that can pull off the same gig in a pinch.

Joe Brown at Gizmodo is singing the praises of simple desk supplies in "Why rubber-banding my power brick is, like, the smartest thing I've ever done."

In an effort to tell his dime-a-dozen Mac laptop power cord apart from a group of equally minimal-design-minded tech bloggers at CES, Brown wrapped a spare rubber band around the brick. What he got in return was more than a unique identity. The rubber band also served to help keep the heavy, but slippery, brick from sliding off the desk.

You might not have the same multi-utilitarian epiphany that he did, but you can still learn a quick lesson: If you're going to be gathering in a wired-up group—like a study session or a LAN party—take a second to look through your drawers for something that will set your laptop and power cord apart.

Here are a few ideas:

  • Use a rubber band, like Brown did, wrapped around the brick of your laptop.
  • Grab a piece of masking or scotch tape and stick it down anywhere on your machine. Write your name on the tape, if you'd like, but just a small strip of tape should help you keep cords straight.
  • You can also use a file folder label or another kind of sticker the same way. If you're worried that it's too sticky and might leave a residue, dab the adhesive side to your shirt a few times until it's just a bit tacky.
  • Clip a binder clip or paper clip around your peripheral cords. Bonus: This method can help keep cords in place, too. Just check out the image directly above (from this post)
  • Tie a short length of string around a cord or a longer length of string around your laptop's joint (at the bottom of the screen).


Readers, how to you keep your tech set apart from others? Got any more quick solutions to add to the list? Let us know in the comments!

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