Answered By: Jeffrey Orrico
Last Updated: Feb 01, 2017     Views: 11

You're right! It's easy to pick up the wrong cord by accident, and using the wrong cord can damage your equipment. Lots of users unintentionally swap cords between their own equipment!

Here are some ideas to try:

  • use a silver, gold, or black permanent marker to write your phone number on each piece;
  • wrap a piece of sturdy tape (preferably bright-colored) around the cord for quick identification; identify the corresponding equipment; include your phone number;
  • use bright-colored "skins", decals, etc. to distinguish your equipment;
  • keep a record of identifying information about your equipment (make-model-serial number);

If your item is found by an honest person, your phone number is the quickest way for them to figure out how to contact you.

Since stuff can get lost, stolen, or just stop working, have a BACK-UP plan to retrieve work stored on your device.  Keep up-to-date copies of your important work on a flash drive (one that isn't kept in the same place as the device).  Store work-in-progress on your SHU server space.  E-mail copies of documents to yourself.  Stanford University developed a program for preserving digital records called LOCKSS:  Lots Of Copies Keep Stuff Safe.

Check your family's homeowners or renters insurance. You may have some coverage available for lost or stolen items.

Programs are available for smartphones and computers which use GPS signals to locate (and sometimes lockdown) a device. For example, Apple offers the Find iPhone app.

Nowadays, you can find substitute hardware fairly quickly; however, lost or inaccessible work product may be impossible to replace and will certainly require considerable duplication of your efforts. Use these steps before the crisis.

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