Slideshow: More Messy Engineering Desktops

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Jacobs Ladder - Faraday Cage, accuracy in reporting?
Island_Al   11/19/2012 10:15:24 AM
I noted that slide 4 of 13 shows a Jacobs Ladder with a safety screen around it and if grounded acts as a Faraday Cage for sub-GigHz frequencies, yet the caption states: "The last in the Nicolas Lee messy desk tetralogy is his three-foot-high Jacob's ladder, otherwise known as a Faraday Cage."

Sorry, no cigar here.  A Faraday Cage prevents RF from entering, or exiting, a given space and is not another name for a Jocobs Ladder.  A Jacobs Ladder radiates a pretty wide swath of the spectrum and should perhaps have a Faraday cage surrounding it to prevent interferrence with other equipment. The voltages present can make a person assume room temperature in short order, so another good idea is to keep fingers out of it.  Think bug-zapper here.

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I am very worried......
erichv   11/20/2012 12:25:17 AM
Have a look through all those Pics where you can see the floor!!

Polished wood or tile that looks if the desk was staged there for the photo! The  one even has a bed and duvet!

Hey guys, don't you have stuff standing around, behind, underneath your desks?  If you have the luxury of "free space" you are probably busy with one(your first) measly project!!

I am sure if you drop a surface amount component (a diode say) you will bend down and be able to pick it up immediately!

I have to resort to the stocking in the inlet of the vacuum cleaner pipe to attempt to find the dropped component!

AND it also shows "Who's Boss?"in your study! 

Polished floors - I ask you! :(

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The difference between neat and organized.
William K.   6/25/2013 5:10:55 PM
It does seem that many of the more productive and creative engineers are not so very fixated on keeping things perfectly neat. But many of them are quite organized. Neatness and organization belong on separate axis at right angles, since I have seen some very neat but completely disorganized areas, places where nothing worthwhile could happen without a huge effort. 

Mostly, what I have seen is that great engineers and many good engineers do engineering, while the poor and the mediocre straighten things up. It is like this: Those wo can, do, while those who can't, straighten things up. It rlates to priorities, it seems.

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Re: Favorite saying
phantasyconcepts   9/30/2013 11:32:12 AM
"if a cluttered desk signifies a cluttered mind,

what does a nearly empty desk signify?"


Management potential.  Yes, you can take that either way, as both are true.

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