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Inventory my Stuff

May 16, 2010 17:08

That's right, I'm going to inventory my stuff. ALL of my stuff. Well, at least the electronic stuff. This is not to be confused by the grocery inventory that has been displayed, unchanged, for years on the site. This will be a meticulous, public, and photographic inventory of all of the computers, gadgets, components, and parts that I own. There are a few reasons for doing this.

First off, it'll probably be a neat project. The object of the day pages that I used to update years ago were somewhat useful in a bizzare and pointless way, but that tended to focus only on things of unique interest, and not necessary the mundane. Yet mundane things need love too. This will expand on that general concept, with a lot more things, and somewhat less storytelling. However, it will also provide a backdrop to discuss what each object does, how it works, how it's used, and some general applications, as well as links to other pages on the site which are relevent to that particular part.

Secondly, I don't always know what I have. Anytime I start some new project, I feel compelled to purchase all required components, since I don't know what I might already have. This way, I'll be able to quickly identify what parts I already have, and more importantly where to find them. And that leads to the third issue.

The third issue, I know I have some stuff, but I don't know where it is. For instance, I have a symbol barcode scanner. I have projects I would like to use it with. I've seen it a few times since I moved here, but I simply can't find it anytime I'm actually looking for it. By going through EVERYTHING I have, I should stumble across it eventually, and at that point, I'll have it stored in an easy to retrieve location for future reference. There's also a camcorder that I modified to control the zoom remotely and I'd really like to find that again too.

A fourth reason, is that I'm constantly adding new stuff. My dad had a lot of stuff. Some of it useful, some of it junk, and I'm slowly moving a lot of it over here, and I'd like to have an inventory I can integrate this new stuff into, along with places I can store all of it.

And finally, if nothing else, it gets all of my stuff organized and cleared off the desks, so I can work. I have a bunch of new projects I'm about to start on, and both knowing where everything is AND having a clear space to work will be important.

The good news is, I HAVE made some effort in recent years to at least get similar and related components grouped together into bins. Power cables are all in one bin, networking parts in another, video cables and assorted devices in another, etc. For the most part, if I know I have something, I have a pretty good idea of where to locate it... usually.

I will likely enter everything into a spreadsheet since it'll be easy to enter and I can export it later to a more convienent format later. I'll also be taking pictures as I go. Descriptions and other information I'll add later after I create individual pages for each component.