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

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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


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


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


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

Comments (8)

  1. LadyFitzgerald

    Swimming pool noodles are a colorful alternative to pipe insulation and may be cheaper. Just be sure to get the ones that are hollow.

  2. Burgerman

    Why would you ever buy the ones that aren’t? Those ones suck. Water gun worms ftw.

  3. iconlarry

    Another cheap possibility for labeling cables: at Staples (or any other stationary store) they sell these tags with a little string on them. After labeling them, tie them to your cables.


  4. Istvan Harsany

    Bought applecore cord organizer, it works great and looks good too.

  5. Ushindi

    Just ordered the cable ties from Amazon – thanks very much for the tip.

  6. jackblue

    Like Ushindi Just ordered the cable ties from Amazon – thanks very much for the tip.

    UK link is

  7. r

    I just bought and ordered nothing,…very satisfied

  8. rightleggedguy

    This isn’t cable identification, but Sharpie makes a metallic silver fine tip Sharpie that I’ve been using to mark all of my wall wart chargers with. Like all of you, I have a ton of them and get tired of trying to find the one I needed by reading all the little tags and labels on them. I wrote on the prong side, where my fingers wont wear it away, simple descriptions. Such as FIRE for my Kindle Fire, WIRE for my 2Wire router, etc… The ones that I have no idea about, but they are good ones, I write the voltage and amperage down so as not t have to read the itty bitty ratings,,,, 5V, ½A,,, etc…

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