A good part of my job at Philips was collecting information for obscure bits of technology, products, or technical solutions that I would reference, reproduce, and distribute as needed to international contacts, field service engineers, and management. So when I started my business, I found a used filing cabinet, and filled it with folders, like the one I left in my corporate office.
I had a lot of file folder categories:
- Medical imaging OEMs (my primary client base)
- Tools and test equipment manufacturers (I used, and consulted on, various meters, loggers, and other test equipment)
- Power conditioning technologies and specific manufacturers (things like surge suppressors, UPS systems, voltage regulators, transformers, and filters)
- Customer projects (perhaps 20-30 projects for my principal clients, over many years)
- Business projects - advertising, marketing, registration, professional organizations, etc.
- Personal files - credit, utilities, financial, insurance, etc.
- 111 Dark Green
- 66 Tan
- 20 Red
- 14 Blue
- 9 extra wide / thick Dark Green
End of an era, I guess. It's been a little bit nostalgic going through this today; old clients, old projects, an age when I was not sure what type of paying work I would find so I collected everything and anything. An age when a technical inquiry would involve a phone call, and result in a few faxed pages copied from a manual, or a thick envelope in the mail with the latest catalog. Today, it's all up and online, or perhaps an email and a PDF document away.