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I'm right handed, but I use a left hand mouse. People try to grab it with their right hands but get completely lost when the buttons don't do what they want. Secretly, hidden among all the clutter on my desk, is another mouse they can use if I show them.
Besides the actual hardware I use to do my job - 2 external monitors hooked up to a laptop - giving me 3 screens of virtual desktop, I usually only have my coffee, lunch and a Rubik's cube to keep me company.
Other developers in the office have various doodads, including trolls and desk plants, but I prefer my trusty cube.
I do think desk toys makes working a bit less stressful so I always try to keep a few on mine. Currently, my desk sports a magic 8 ball, a burned giraffe baby toy (I told my wife I'd frame it after she burned it but it's still here), a die-cast metal white Power Ranger, a Lego of my first computer and a cookie jar in the shape of a question box from Mario.
I have 3 Funko Pop!s that my adult daughter gave me. Captain America, Hela (her favorite villain) and Phil Coulson. A Mexican shot glass that a co-worker at a previous job gave me which holds a couple of pens. A cup from the opening day of Avengers: Age of Ultron, picture of my wife, a cereal box cloth flying disc, also an Age of Ultron tie-in. My paper towel coaster with "DO NOT REMOVE" written on it since the cleaning crew kept taking them. (I know I have issues but the first one to go actually came from my previous job. It was still doing its job why should I abandon it?)
Tabasco sauce, a salt shaker and the three foot stack of all the programming books I've owned.
I used to have a lot more when I had a cubicle, Plastic Man, a Mach 5, a Tibetan meditation doohickey(I used to work with a couple of guys from Nepal.), and several wishbones from rotisserie chickens (just in case we needed to make a wish) and a lot more stuff/crap. Useless stuff but it made the space feel like mine.
I do think desk toys are a good stress relief and add a bit of personality to the workplace (a much plain workspace seems so empty of life, maybe that's why some people hate their jobs).
So, currently, my desk sports a magic 8 ball, a burned teether giraffe (I told my wife I'd frame it after she burned it while boiling it), a die-cast metal white Power Ranger, a Lego model of my first computer, and a cookie jar in the shape of a question box from Mario.
at office desk (3 days a week) cups for caffiene delivery, assorted puters and stuff. One calendar on thhe wrong month. not much else. Not alot of room.
At home office(2 days a week) various toys, Matchbox cars primarily. Love a Jaguar I have. Loads of books none are technical. Maps of various places I have visited. barely enough room for lappy and mouse. <grin>
I prefer working from home. I actually get more done there.
To err is human to really mess up you need a computer
Hm, no 'toys' but lots of hardware. I'm a firmware dev so I've got 3 or 4 different products (out of case) that I work on, a network switch, 3 jackboxes and their associated handsets (we do 911 equipment/software), a PoE supply, a TI launchpad for the TM4C1294, 3 usb cables, 2 phones connected to a teltone and a fair amount of dust!
I once had one of those semi-perpetual motion toys -the kind that a ball hanging from a thread hits a set of balls also hanging from threads and the one in the opposite end gets expelled and returns to hit the set of balls again and again- I could watch it for hours and when it was still, kids loved to start the motion again and marveled but i tossed it away because sometimes the noise made by the small balls in motion was too distracting.
I'd love to sit it again in my desk if I could remember where it is now!
Those who bring sunshine to the lives of others cannot keep it from themselves.
- Matthew Barry
I had a Pink Panther whose legs and arms could be bent to assume any position I wanted, until my wife threw it away, possibly because it was a gift from an old dance partner. After 10 years, I still miss it.
I still have a dinosaur with a hidden button that opens and closes its mouth. It was one of my kids' toys when they were toddlers. I keep it hidden, and only take it out for visiting children or others that I trust not to react unfavorably when I threaten them with it.
Couple of cloth dragons, couple of solar dancing figuring, a Cam-Am motorcycle toy, couple of plants, couple squishy balls, a pessimists' mug, cub full of pens and pencils, box of Kleenex, couple of manuals, and a small Tylenol bottle full of clipped finger nails with a warning written on it: "DO NOT OPEN UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCE."