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How do you mark your tools, disks, and work items in a busy IT congested space filled with contractors of all types? I make labels, signs and pick the tools up as soon as I am finished so they aren't out in LOS for someone else.

Finding your disks, cables, docs in the mix.

When I work in offices I often label and tag and label again everything I bring out of my tool and computer bag. 

It's easy to mix up network cables when they are all the same color. 

What I do now is tag the with a yellow band of tape and a number on the band. 

the number for me is the date I picked up the tool. So if you see a 1977 or 1989 you better think twice before taking that tool without asking. 

There are reasons I still have tools I used over 40 years ago and it wasn't because I trusted you would bring them back. 

 

Today, I have a new issue and it's upgrade disks and document disks. 

I started with the old marker and a blank DVD cover which with a little thought can be cleaned off just fine. 

Then I purchased some LightScribe disks and started to create labels. 

Those disks seem to have a shorter life span in my box than the markered ones. 

I'm guessing they looked good enough to steal. 

Now I have changed my format and use a differenty labeling system. 

I have my DVD divided into 4 equal parts. 

Part 1, Shows 4GB memory modules with serial numbers that match my workstation. 

Part 2, Shows Windows 7 32Bit disk which is no longer used. 

Part 3, Shows a used tube (2) of JB-Weld

Part 4, is the Anon mask with my name and number over it. 

When I'm asked about the symbols I have the following response. 

1. Shows 4GB x 4 Modules of memory because I believe you should max out memory in the beginning. 

2. I show Windows 7 because no other MS OS for desktops is worth showing. (This doesn't mean I like it better than my Ubuntu, I just use it more.)

3. My JB-Weld symbol means if you are going to patch something make sure it's patched with a well known bonding agent that has years of time proven holds. 

4. The Anon mask is to say there will always be someone better. 

 

Simple, not missing any disks and don't think I will be anytime soon. 

 

How do you mark your tools, disks, and work items in a busy IT congested space filled with contractors of all types? I make labels, signs and pick the tools up as soon as I am finished so they aren't out in LOS for someone else.