From the Tips Box: Super Smash Bros. Rumble, The Value of Cable Tie Labels, and DIY Pipe Insulation Cable Organizers

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By Jason Fitzpatrick on July 19th, 2012

Tips-How-To-Geek-TemplateOnce a week we round up some of the great tips readers have shared via email and the comment system and share the with you. This week we’re looking at an awesome homebrew Nintendo DS game, the value of a good cable label, and a simple DIY cable organizer.

Super Smash Bros. Rumble for the Nintendo DS

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Steve writes in with the following tip:

I saw your Nintedo DS emulator/homebrew write up and, dudes, have I got a treat for you. Super Smash Bros. On. The. DS. That’s right, there’s a homebrew game based on Super Smash Bros. called Super Smash Bros. Rumble available for the DS. If you’re a fan of the Super Smash Bros. series it’s a rocking good time. Seriously, it’s like some sort of time warp of a game where Super Smash Bros. was created for the SNES. Download it! Do it!

Normally we resist when strange men from the internet tell us to download things, but you’re an excellent salesman Steve and (as it turns out) Super Smash Bros. Rumble is pretty awesome too. Thanks for sharing!

Cheap Cable Ties Are Worth Every Penny

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Angela writes in with the following organizing tip:

For years I tried to find a super cheap and easy way to label cables, always going the DIY route. I tried masking tape, I tried using old plastic bread-bag ties, I tried everything. Then by pure accident I was looking for something on Amazon and I stumbled on these babies: 100 zip-tie style cable labels for under $4. I seriously have no idea why I wasted so many years with half-ass DIY labeling schemes when I could have bought a freaking life time supply of cable labels for a few bucks. They’re so great. I cinch them on cables and use a fine tip permanent market to label them.

Those are cheap. We too now suddenly feel silly for our DIY labeling solutions. Labeling in style, here we come!

Wrangling Cables with Pipe Insulation

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Mark writes with a cable wrangling tip:

I have a bunch of cables that I can’t completely secure down (as it’s easier to move them around my desk when I need them) but that are always out. Rather than use a wire loom or a rigid organizer that would keep the wires tidy but make them difficult to move, I’ve been using a big piece of pipe insulation to organize them. You just cut a slit in the side and route the cables through. It’s so easy!

Not a bad way to keep charging cables tidy without a lot of fuss. Thanks for sharing!


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Jason Fitzpatrick is a warranty-voiding DIYer who spends his days cracking opening cases and wrestling with code so you don't have to. If it can be modded, optimized, repurposed, or torn apart for fun he's interested (and probably already at the workbench taking it apart). You can follow him on if you'd like.

  • Published 07/19/12
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