I wrote a blog about thsi ages ago -- I used to simply stick all my cables in one of the compartments in my backpack -- if i tried to retrieve one even 10 seconds later everything wa shoplessly tangled.
I looked at "gadgets" and "gizmos" lik eyou -- but I ended yup using simple plastic ziplock food bags -- one per mouse / charger / cable / whatever. All I can say is THIS WORKS GREAT!!!
Theater candy box.
Fold your cable in half.
Push the folded cable through a hold you have made in the corner of the box.
Push in all of the slack you do not want.
Pull some cord out when you need more.
I usually eat the candy first.
Uhhh, I've always used rubber bands. They work fine for me, only need to be replaced every four or five years when they get brittle and break. You can wind the cords around your hand before banding them. Once removed from your hand they assume a natural bend radius.
as I was leaving, I noticed a link in the "Navigate to related information" box to a PRNewsWire announcement for a thing called a "Sinch" -- basically a magnetic strap. PRNewsWire has taken their pix down, but the mfr's site is alive. This thing looks clever, but I can't help recoiling with sticker shock at the $16 pricetag.
-- mebbe Kristin can work a product sample out of the manufacturer/vendor!
-- There's an ancillary conversation to be had about what these devices (generally speaking) are really worth. Is it just me, or do others feel that these things cost 30-50% more than what you think they should?
I found this article to be a thoughtful, well-researched technical piece, so I have nothing to add beyond "ditto" (or "word," depending on your vintage.)
This is a vexing problem, and I'm following this thread to see an update on the Recoil Winder.
Thanks for your reply. The site definitely has some cool stuff, thanks. My problem is I'm trying to find a way to manage sets of cords that I already have. The Blue Lounge cord wrangler shown actually works pretty well for a USB cord, but isn't a solution for anything else. I'm waiting for the Recoil product to arrive – it may be my best bet.
Hi, thanks for the idea.I thought about it, but the electrode wires, in particular, make a very narrow bundle – less than the diameter of an Ethernet cable. The velcro strip would have to be less than an inch long, which would make it difficult to handle--I use about six of these wires every day, so the solution has to be quick to use.
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