I've been spending inordinate amounts of time on my PC on the job hunt. Since I had recently replaced my pc with a server the sound level has gone up a lot in office. As such to cope, I had to turn up my background music. It got to the point that I had a little trouble hearing my phone.
My solution was to set it up in front of my monitor so when it rings or or email comes in I can easily see it light up and see who's calling and what account the email is coming in on.
The down side is its a bit of a precarious perch as my monitor is elevated. After a while the bass or vibrations would make it fall. That annoyed me quite a bit since it is a recently upgraded Helio Ocean.
I needed a stand for it. After sitting and looking for simple stands I found a bunch of DIY solutions. But I found them to be flimsy or required things I didn't have handy. Non marring is a requirement, so paperclip solutions are out. It's a hefty phone so business card holders were out. Binder clip arrangements are a bad joke in my opinion. I needed something better.
So while pondering what I could do I lit a cigarette. Then I took a good look at a cigarette pack.
Inspiration struck me. I'm a smoker and as such I usually have a few empties laying around. A little pondering and here is what I came up with.
This is my first instructable. My other projects are located at http://www.recklessphilosophers.com
Step 1: What You Need.
Black paint - Optional.
I find it a pain and since I'm not looking at the stand but the screen I don't bother. But I did thisone just for you guys.
Step 6: Design Considerations
The use of empty cigarette packs allows for a second life for a short lived product. The packs are recyclable but truth be told, most end up in landfills un recycled. This has proven to be a robust gadget mount and I currently use several of them on my desk and through out my house.
I don't encourage you to smoke, but if you do you may as well use some of the empties and save them from going to rot in a landfill.
I found that thisis handy for seeing my calls on my cell when I can't hear it. Watching movies on my Zune. Holding my PDA in landscape mode while I work with a Dos emulator and USB Keyboard.
The iPod is for Show. I prefer the Zune over it after having used both. I don't have an iPod and the one Pictured belongs to a friend. It's broken. Maybe I'll write about repairing it in my next instructable.