posted by Soulcatcher at 5/06/2005 01:23:00 PM
Nice suggestion. I use a similar technique. I put all the related goodies in a ziploc bag, write the gadget name with a sharpie, and throw 'em all in a big Rubbermaid tote. The ziploc keeps even the tiniest pieces from falling out. And, if you don't already have a filing cabinet, totes are cheaper.
The other tip I can add, which I've been following for several years, is to staple or tape your receipt into the inside front cover of your manual. Its helpful for appliances, power tools and lawn equipment as well as electronics. This is great especially if you don't go the whole clasp-envelople route.
Many manual are now available online at the manuf. website. Toss the paper manual, download the .pdf manual and 1) save a copy to your local PC and 2) email a copy to your Gmail account for storage.
I've been using the plastic accordion files you can get form office supply stores for years, which I also use to house the old graphics cards etc (in static-proof bags of course). Keep that next to the PC, and you are good to go.
Brilliant! It's more important than I thought to keep all the bits and bobs that come with equipment - if it turns out to be a lemon, exchanging it at the store from which you bought it may well involve either returning said bits and bobs or paying through the nose for the "missing accessories". FutureShop, for example, charged me $30 for a camera's driver CD. Brrr. Listen and learn.
What a simple suggestion! Very elegant. Thanks!
I love it. I have blogged this article into lifehack.org
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