Hacking Your Pants

Odd name for an article, don’t you think?

This is the original idea which prompted me to start a blog, so here I am, and here it is:

Where I Started

A long time ago, my buddies and I were discussing how many devices you could reasonably carry on your belt without looking too much the geek. One argued, and still does, that it’s none, but the consensus at that time was two – a phone, and a pager (That’s how long ago!). On that particular day one of the guys at the table was on call for his department, and his team, and doing his rotation on phone support. He was carrying two phones, and two pagers – a phone, and two pagers on his belt, and a phone in his pocket. Things have changed, haven’t they?

More Justification

Periodically, and at reasonable intervals since, I have considered that keeping my phone in a pocket is more elegant than wearing a belt pouch, but form almost always follows function with me. If you’re wearing a seatbelt, or a long(ish) coat, you just cannot get your phone out of your pants’ pocket quick enough, nor without gymnastics. Or, if you have to keep switching pockets depending on the weather, what you’re doing, and/or what you’re wearing, you’re a slave to peer pressure, and that ain’t me… much. Further, if you keep it in your shirt pocket, so you have quick access to it all the time, I don’t want to hear about the last time it fell in the toilet. Finally, if you’re one of those people who are constantly putting your phone on the table, can I have it the next time you walk away from it?

First Generation

All that aside, and the point of this writing, is that I did carry my phone in my pocket for some time, but I had to move what I usually carried in that pocket, or let it rattle against my phone leaving scuffs, and scratches. Also, the phone constantly turned horizontal, leaving an unsightly lump in my pants. What occurred to me was this: Put a safety pin in the pocket lining to create a compartment so the phone would stay vertical, located where I wanted it, and away from whatever else I put in my pocket. This worked extremely well, but I discovered that two safety pins were needed to keep stuff from one side of the divide from slipping across the border. Answer: Substitute a couple of coarse stitches. It’s easier to regulate the length of the slots with sewing, and whatever you put in a slot will definitely not cross over.

Image of pocket lining with pins

Final Relenting

At one point I was carrying my Sony Ericsson w810i in one slot, and my Palm Tungsten T5 on the other. It was a bit like body armour. I have since relented my delusions as a fashion plate, and keep my iPhone in a pouch on my belt. If I’m out of the house, the phone is in it’s pouch, or in my hand. A place for everything, and everything in it’s place.

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