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Color Code Cords and Ports to Avoid Confusion
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Color Code Cords and Ports to Avoid Confusion

Kirsten Akens, Gawker Media

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I admit, I get a wee bit frustrated when trying to remember which cord goes in which slot for all my tech items.

The answer could be as simple (and inexpensive) as a brightly colored Sharpie, as seen in this Imgur post 's photo ( h/t Reddit for digging this one up).

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It's so easy, it's ridiculous. Coordinate the color and the design, and draw each of the same on the plug-in component and next to the plug-in site. Lines, dots, hearts - whatever strikes your fancy. If you've got mad art skills and a little extra time, perhaps you could design very tiny cartoons that work together.

If you're looking for a little less permanent option than a Sharpie, try colored tape, or even matching stickers. (Red, blue and gold stars, perhaps?)

And with the time we'll all save, let's give some extra applause to the Imgur poster's dad who "needs help logging into his email," but sure wins big in the analog hack category.

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