I am back to de-cluttering today. This may get very technical, but I will try and explain it simply.
Every computer geek has an accumulation of wires and cables and things. It’s the modern equivalent of the box of paper clips, pins and elastic bands in the paperful office. Now I am a computer geek I have both. ( See my earlier posts on how I graduated to become a computer whizz kid by clicking on ” Old Geek” in the Tag Cloud )
These computer gubbins are stuffed behind the computer —- and behind the printer —- and at the back of the TV screen (sorry monitor) —–and carefully scattered in a tangled ball of wires under the desk. In many cases I don’t know what they are exactly, they were just left over after all my computer equipment was installed. I don’t know how my computer works without them, it just does. Sort of like a jigsaw with one piece left when you’ve finished. Confusing isn’t it and annoying. But that’s just part of becoming a computer geek.
Now to the technical bit and I will explain slowly :-
- Scat cables or is it scart cables ? —- you needs lots of them with all different lengths and varieties of plugs on the end. Think of them as string — they connect things together. Try all of them until one fits and then that’s probably the right one — as long as it fits to some thing else. Although sometimes you have to fit one scat cable to another scart cable first.
- Mice —- now generally it is not good to have mice in your office, but in these geeky times you have to have a few. In the early days I had a mouse with a long tail that connected it to the computer, so it didn’t get lost. These days I have a wireless mouse that can hide under all the paperwork on my desk. I suspect that’s why everyone wants a paperless office. You are also supposed to have mouse mats, so the pesky little things can wipe their feet. Next thing you know they will have to have batteries as well.
- You never want to run out of printer ink so always have some spare cartridges around. Not the gun type, the very expensive, unique to your printer, only bought in India type. Maybe it is the original Indian ink? And don’t forget you will need colour cartridges too. You will probably end up with lots of spares, because they never run out at the same time. Also they are a bit like light bulbs, you often buy the wrong ones 😟
- Floppy discs, now there’s a thing, because they are not floppy any more and just to confuse you they have morphed into C.D.’s and memory sticks. So you will probably have lots of them by now. The earliest ones may not fit into your computer and definitely don’t work on an iPad. Don’t throw any of them away, because you don’t know who might find them and expose your inner secrets on Facebook or Instagram or twitter or something. You have to be so careful with old computer stuff which is why your office gets cluttered up.
- In the olden days you used to get user manuals with each new piece of computer equipment and I have quite a few. They are printed in at least 10 different languages and very small print. Either way it doesn’t matter, because they are completely incomprehensible. These days the user guides are all on-line, which saves on clutter, but is difficult if you can’t connect up your computer in the first place.
Welcome to the world of computers :-).
It’s a world where things become obsolete more quickly than ever. A year is a long time in the product life cycle of computer equipment. So what on earth do we do with the old stuff?