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Comment: done this way too many times... (Score 1) 249

by neitzert (#41582385) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Transporting Computers By Cargo Ship?

As someone who has made this move four times in the past 15 years, between various parts of the US (east and west) and the Eurozone. I feel compelled to reply, but I am going to cover much more than just the computers, as this is a copy-pasta from another post I recently wrote on the subject and would rather share it all here than spend any time editing. However here are my suggestions and lessons learned.

My last move a few years ago from the PNW to Scandinavia, Instead of trying to squeeze a 3500square foot house into a container as I did two moves ago, I sold everything except a few laptops, external disks, books, clothes, art, and two pieces of furniture. The 6 cubic meters of stuff cost me $600usd to ship, much cheaper than the $8000USD a container would cost door to door and I had the cash to replace all the crap i sold when I landed, not 8 weeks later when my stuff arrived.

0. Prime Directive: Sell, give away, donate or throw away anything that you can replace at your destination. Why move atoms when you can move bits. Bring only the things you cannot replace (photos, heirlooms, sentimental items, etc) there will be plenty of time to replace it. (Pine Is Not Elm, Less is More, and Linux Is Not Unix)

1. Acquire large, sturdy and solid plastic crates. Cardboard sucks for moving. When wet it looses all of its strength and is a sponge for moisture. I got my plastic crates at some plastic storage solutions franchise. I still use them years later, mostly because they stack nicely and have interlocking tops and are easy to transport.

2. Make a Three layer zone around your stuff. The container itself is the outer layer, the plastic crates are the middle layer, and a plastic bag is the inner layer. The three layer zone around your stuff creates multiple layers of air gap between your stuff protecting it from water/moisture/humidity, heat, crushing, and sticky fingers and it will make carrying your crap from one place to another simpler.

Think: Big Metal Shipping Container->Plastic Storage Boxes stacked nicely-> bag/box -> item.

3. Electronics/Computers/etc: depending on the shape and size, i have often found that the shipping box the device came in usually is enough, Good rule of thumb is, if you have saved the box it came in, use that and put it in a larger box, stack nicely, and do not worry about it. If you do not have the original shipping box, then make one, but really don't go overboard. A great example is your disks. Most of the time they do not ship packed in egg-carton foam in hermetically sealed boxes, so don't waste your time with that and just make sure that there is a decent layer of plastic preventing moisture exposure and that the box containing it all is secured within the container and if you can, a nice sized silica gel bag in each crate should do the trick. As with shock to the disk, if the platter is not moving and it is not powered up, you really have no need to worry about shock, for it would take an incredible amount of force to break a disk via vibrations. Do back up your disks to a cloud service or other media before you move.

4. For art, books, and other heirloom things that cannot be replaced I use a layered system:
My works of art, and framed photographs, were wrapped in soft fabric and sealed in plastic. Then crated in wood, cardboard, or plastic depending on the size, shape and available crating method. My Rare books were stored in acid free bags and crated in the plastic boxes mentioned above. Cheap books that i couldn't part with were placed in the plastic crates without an inner layer of protection. Silica packets are added to each plastic crate..

5. Clothes, Mothballs work fine. vaccu-/shrink bags and suitcases are easiest and best way to do it. Throw a few mothballs in each vaccubag before storing. Skip the wardrobe boxes, they crush super easy.

6. Furniture. in most cases you are better off selling it, though research it. I found that it was less costly to ship my tempurpedic mattress and aeron chair dining-room set, than it was to replace it. (VAT sucks boys) The rest of my stuff, even the antiques were easier to sell and replace. YMMV, just make sure that it has a good moisture seal around it

7. Last is to insure it all for the full value of your stuff. You would be surprised how much is lost to the sea, sticky fingered government agents an shippers along the way.

TLDR;, Avoid cardboard, plastic makes good prophylactics for your stuff, "double bagging it" is a good idea and insure your stuff.
and dont overthink it, dont waste your time on a billion sensors, what will you really do with that data?

Comment: compromise (Score 1) 396

by neitzert (#34807938) Attached to: When Should I Buy an Android Tablet?

I was in the same place about honeycomb and decided to compromise between a cheaper android tablet now and a high end honeycomb tablet when they come out.

I chose the Kendo M7 and paid aprox USD 200 for it....

http://www.expert.se/Product/Product.aspx?id=5985637 (google translate is your friend) ...and I am fairly happy with it for ebooks and video.

The Internet

+ - Real Estate Agents "Under Assault" by the

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "CBS's 60 Minutes featured a story Sunday night about how Internet real estate agencies are squeezing out traditional real estate agents' claim to six percent of every home transaction. According to the story: "[T]hings are beginning to change. What happened to travel agents, stock brokers and book sellers — the encroachment of the Internet — is beginning to affect real estate agents. And the sacred six percent is under assault." CBS profiled online real estate company Redfin, along with failed Internet real estate pioneer eRealty.com, which was muscled out of business by arguably unfair industry practices. With a Department of Justice anti-trust suit against the National Association of Realtors and Internet business models moving in to the real estate world, is real estate the next industry set up for disintermediation, or are traditional realtors too entrenched to let the market change?"

I'd rather just believe that it's done by little elves running around.

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