Unsupervised Design

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An Afternoon of Snake-charming

This past week marked two months of working from home full time so I made the choice to improve my workspace by replacing the desk I have been using since grad school.

A decade ago I felt like a black metal desk with a glass surface was super cool and the sort of thing that a computer programmer definitely should have.

Glass desk with cables everywhere

Unfortunately, the side effect of a glass desk is that no amount of effort put into running cables will actually hide the mess. You see it every time you look down.

A rat's nest of wires

Today I assembled my new desk from IKEA, just something small but with a lot of storage and cable management potential.

White IKEA desk with many fewer wires.

No more mess of wires visible all the time and as an added bonus all the hardware that used to be visible all the time is now neatly sorted into some storage.

Open door showing neatly sorted shelves.

Spending more than an hour running cables can seem silly, but it felt good to organize my long term work space.