Because I am travelling, this is the "trimmed" down version. At home it lives on a docking station, and is buried in a massive tangle of wires connecting a plethora of peripherals including:
+ Barcode reader;
+ Second (much larger) monitor;
+ More external drives;
+ Printer / Scanner;
+ External DVD Writer;
+ Home-embedded sound system;
+ Digitizing tablet;
+ Genuine IBM battleship quality keyboard.
The keyboard in the picture is used for travel. It isn't perfect, but it is tactile and thin enough to fit neatly in a back-pack.
To move from one house to another, I have to pack up everything into the back-pack. Big deal, you say, but, what about moving from one room to another? You have three options:
1. Bundle everything in your arms and hope not to drop something;
2. Disconnect items and make multiple trips; or
3. Read the rest of this i'ble.
Step 1: Start With a Nice Clean Tray.
"The picture is faded."
Really? There's no yellowing of the plastic, no cracking, and does the picture really matter?
Having sat in the weather, the tray was filthy with gooey muck. A decent bath in the sink, and some judicious scrubbing in the corners got it to what I consider near-new.
Step 2: Put the Power Supply (supplies) at the Back
From here on, the order of placement has been for photographic clarity.
Step 3: Add (optional) Cooling Tray.
This also provided some ideal space to further hide untidy cables.
Step 4: Bring in the Bit That Matters.
Step 5: Add Your Peripherals, Within Reason.
At the front right, sitting under the GPS is a USB powered external drive. The larger drive at the back is a mains-powered 2T unit connected through the cooling pad to save on USB ports.
Both the phone and GPS are only connected for charging.
Note the yellow tag on the USB plug located on the left. This labelling is highly recommended for obscure "proprietary"* USB cables like the one on the camera I used for these photos.
I'm learning to use this camera which is why my i'ble is laden with photos.
* I was sorting through cables for a friend and found an un-identifiable USB led. My best guess was that it belonged to a camera of some type (probably video), but there was no brand on it, and the owner could not identify any item that was missing its lead.
Step 6: Oh No! I Have to Change Location!
Step 7: Bundle Everything Together.
Step 8: Finally, Load Up the Power Cords and Carry to Your New Destination.
Step 9: Moving In?
Step 10: You're Ready to Go.
Because the tray was rescued from destruction, I'm entering this in the "re-use" contest..