I downloaded new messages from alt.hackers on 25 Sep 2006 18:28:52
GMT, and who should I see posting but jpd
@do.not.spam.it.invalid>! I could scarely believe jpd
@do.not.spam.it.invalid> would remark:
>On 2006-09-25, Kirk Is <kisr...
>> Frosty <claus...
>>> >I was at a Quizznos subs around Seattle. The manager (rubber banded?
>>> >taped?) a spoon to the end of the credit card signing pen, which stopped
>>> >people from absently mindedly walking off with it. Clever!
>>> Wow yeah! Almost as clever as taping a STRING to it!
>> More clever, because it doesn't get in the way of writing, and
>> installation is easier.
>I agree, actually. Oh, and Frosty? Please don't forget that posting here
>means posting an ObHack as well, whether you are following up or not.
>Before someone (you know who you are) follows up again with some
>argument that he doesn't need an ObHack; you're wrong, you do need one,
>no matter what your argument is. Sure mine's small, lame, silly, or
>whatever, but I do have one, and you don't. Followups without ObHack
>will be duly disregarded.
So that means I owe two?
I'm a bench jeweler (as opposed to those fat guys who sit behind the
counter selling you jewelry, I actually make it) and I have lots of
itty-bitty tools that kept hiding in nooks and crannies and I needed a
way to keep them from doing so and I needed to be able to see them all
and pick out one when I needed it.
My first hack (lame tho it was) was to use one of those magnetic
strips to stick all my bits and things to.
(Yeah, like I said: lame. But the jewelry catalogs didn't sell
anything like that so it was a sorta hack!)
But now fast-forward 20 or so years and I have many, many more of
these little tools and bits and what-nots and that one magnetic strip
won't cut it.
I s'pose I could be a few more, but I've since moved my shop and added
5 more desks (yep, all for me) and I don't have an area next to the
two benches/desks I use all those various tools/bits at.
So I had one of those old pull-down lamps from the 60's http://tinyurl.com/odupr
and attached a disk of wood laminated with Formica to the lamp part,
and used peel-n-stick magnet strips wrapped around the circumference
to hold my stuff.
Now I simply pull it down when I need something, and push it back up
when I'm done.
The lamp resides above the space between the two desks.