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re: Photo gallery: Engineering's messiest desks
ReneCardenas   8/23/2011 11:16:56 PM
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I agree not only for the aspect of real-state footprint on my desk but it reduces stress in you hand, IMHO.

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hacksaw74   8/18/2011 5:35:08 PM
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Yeah the last pics definitely looks like a startup not much do eh?

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mr_bandit   8/11/2011 10:24:17 PM
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I had HP as a client in the mid-90's (the real HP...). A hardware guy had all of his instruments tied down to the back shelf of his workbench - I wish I had a picture. Each corner had 1/2" all-thread, and side-to-side was 2" angle iron. This was in Santa Clara, building 52-upper. His actual bench was messy, of course. A former co-worker (a EE) once pointed out that, no matter the size of the work surface, you always have the last 6 inches for the actual thing you are making. Great pictures - fond memories of previous lives.

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ReneCardenas   8/5/2011 2:47:44 PM
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In most labs that I know, order and pattern in the mist of chaos is the norm.

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jeremybirch   8/2/2011 3:53:15 PM
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At a previous company I had a meeting in my boss's office. To sit down on any of the 4 chairs in the room meant moving a stack of paper 12 inches deep. The stack I moved had a report on the top of it written by my brother. He had left the company 5 years before. On that basis the bottom of the stack was probably an invoice for the Big Bang!

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Navelpluis   7/23/2011 8:44:34 AM
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Good comment. I fully agree. I think this might be one of the reasons why there are so few hardware engineers around. I am one of those and I start to feel like I am getting on my own. From hardware it is easy to skip to software, so no more managers pissin' in your neck ;-) Fortunately I started my own small company 12 years ago, and I can assure you that this boosted up my productivity !! ;-)

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dft00   7/14/2011 7:52:13 PM
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I had a co-worker that practiced the "chronological filing piles" system, yet he could find anything within seconds. His technique was to walk down the hall and ask me for a copy.

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Gort   7/11/2011 1:34:05 AM
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It is much easier to tell your boss that you are very busy when he comes to you.

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zeeglen   7/11/2011 12:46:08 AM
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A recent place of no-longer employment had a rule that all useful under-bench junk be moved to the warehouse when VIP visitors arrived. Then of course the warehouse organizers would move the junk somewhere else and fail to keep records of the new locations. ie, permanently lost. The real funny thing was these VIP visitors had no technical clue whatsoever. Our chief chimpanzee had a habit of wiring test racks with 100 ohm twisted pair connected directly (no balun) to 50 ohm coaxial cable when the TP ran short. Of course the VIP visitors were not technically astute enough to realize this was not acceptable. Still, when dealing with dummies, who cares? Another similar con was to order all employees to park their cars in the front parking lot to make the place look busy for the visitors. Usually the employees parked in the rear parking lot. The company? Think "I Cannot Believe this Schist"

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zeeglen   7/11/2011 12:35:22 AM
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Rider - organized in a cluttered way? Whatever, as long you can find what you are looking for it is definitely organized in some way. Visitors and boss be dumned.

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