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Confine Your Cables for Tidiness, Convenience and Safety

Posted on October 29, 2012 by Blog Design Journal

Last week a friend showed up for a meeting all banged up because she ran to catch a phone and tripped over a cable. She’s on workman’s comp now. All because of an unsecured computer cable. She knew it was there, too. She was the one who set up the system.

Do you have a pile of tangled cables under your desk? Worse, do you have cables that catch on things and could possibly trip someone? Maybe you? You need to fix that.

Safety is important. So is avoiding the constant low-level annoyance of having to look at, deal with, and avoid tripping over a tangled mess of cables.

If clients come to your office, having a snake’s nest of cables lying around looks messy, careless and unprofessional. It can undermine their confidence in you. If you work at home, your family probably would prefer not to see an untidy tangle, too.

Ideally you should label each cable. (Heavy clear packing tape and a slip of paper will do.) Then you need to confine them neatly out of the way.

For safety you should replace any cables that are too long (or coil and bind the slack securely) to prevent accidents. But too-short cables are the ones that tend to get caught or tripped over. And they can drag equipment off the desk and break it. (Ask me how I know. Two broken scanners in one day!)

Cables that get stepped on or caught in doors or furniture can become damaged. They in turn can damage your computer or peripherals by not operating properly, cause erratic problems, cause shocks or electrocution, or simply cost you time and money replacing them.

Here’s an example of the kind of solution that works well for most computer, router, and peripheral setups: Cableslaps, from www.cableslaps.com. They are bistable springy steal flat wraps (very durable) with fully bonded, soft, easy-grip silicone outer casing to hold and protect all you cables neatly and without damage.

They look professional and come in colors so they can be easy to see or blend into the background. It’s your choice: white, charcoal, yellow green, blue, bubblegum pink, and orange. That bright yellow green is the most visible color, according to experts, and the others are pretty eye-catching too. You could color code your cables for different kinds of devices, or buy a matching set if you prefer an understated look.

Cableslaps are especially good for laptop accessories, so that you don’t arrive at a meeting and then have to spend several minutes untangling various cords and cables that you thought you had carefully packed. They stay where you put them but are easy to get on and off, unlike conventional cable ties.

And unlike hook-and-loop closure ties, they won’t catch on your clothes or eventually collect a mess of fuzz and lose their grip. They just keep on working.

Again, they are perfect for quick setup and take-down when carrying laptops and accessories to client meetings. What an elegant, easy solution to a problem we usually forget about—until there’s problem and we are forced to deal with it at the worst possible time.

Cableslaps almost look like fashion accessories. Very, very smart in more than one way. And a good solution to an annoying problem. Too bad my friend Sue didn’t have them—before she tripped over a cable and took that nasty fall.

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