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Slideshow: More Messy Engineering Desktops
2/8/2012

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Nicholas Lee of Salisbury, Wiltshire, UK, shows off 'my vast hoard of electronic components, reference books, datasheets, and a miscellany of electronic projects under construction,' which reside next to his desk.
Nicholas Lee of Salisbury, Wiltshire, UK, shows off "my vast hoard of electronic components, reference books, datasheets, and a miscellany of electronic projects under construction," which reside next to his desk.

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Beth Stackpole
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Clutter is one thing, but ...
Beth Stackpole   2/8/2012 6:30:37 AM
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I have to agree with Al Sledge's wife about whatever expletive she choose to describe his work area. I'm glad none of those cluttered creations reside in my house or my office space. Beyond all the mess, however, I was intrigued by that FiFo dog robot ... what is that all about?

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Most Organized Engineering Desktops
apresher   2/8/2012 8:22:44 AM
Maybe we should be asking readers for photos of the most impressive engineering desktops (not their own) in their companies.  We have all seen the engineer with piles of equipment and papers everywhere; it's all too common.  We can probably learn more and get new ideas from the opposite approach.  In fact, are there ANY engineers who have desktops that could be mistaken for an accountant or business executive out there?

Rob Spiegel
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Rob Spiegel   2/8/2012 11:26:22 AM
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One of my favorite messy desks was the one in Jurassic Park, owned by the enginneer played by Wayne Knight (Newman from Sienfeld). The added attraction on his desk was half-eaten food.

Charles Murray
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Nice floor
Charles Murray   2/8/2012 7:44:39 PM
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The floor around the "Dog Robot" looks pretty clean to me. I'm impressed.

Tim
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Mess=work
Tim   2/8/2012 8:57:16 PM
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The way I see it, more papers or clutter on your desk means more open projects which means more work done for the company.

mbunds
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Off topic, but...
mbunds   2/9/2012 9:27:25 AM
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I'm happy to see that I'm not the only one who still uses CRT oscilloscopes; these slim-line color LCD 'scopes have me feeling my age. I just can't seem to give up my circa 1980 4-Channel Tektronix (analog) storage scope! 

anoldnewb
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anoldnewb   2/9/2012 10:30:33 AM
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if a cluttered desk signifies a cluttered mind,

what does a nearly empty desk signify?

Jon Titus
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Jon Titus   2/9/2012 11:57:25 AM
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Hi, Arnoldnewb.  Have you ever seen an empty desk? Even desks in empty offices or cubes tend to accumulate someone's "stuff."  Mostly I see messy desks or organized desks but can't find a correlation between the state of a desk and the state of the owner's mind.  It's fun to speculate, though.

Jennifer Campbell
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Jennifer Campbell   2/9/2012 1:48:38 PM
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it's definitely funny how the mind works. I tend to find organization through my clutter. When I clean my desk, I end up not being able to find anything.

Ann R. Thryft
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Ann R. Thryft   2/9/2012 2:41:40 PM
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I'd say my success rate for finding things after cleaning my desk, or my office for that matter, is about 50%. Half of the time cleaning means I find things I need but had temporarily "lost," and the other half of the time I put  stuff someplace else I can't remember.


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