Tuesday, August 07, 2018

Home Tech

BAD is in Corner Brook, Canada. That's on the island of Newfoundland.

Somehow this old mobile phone of mine missed going into some sort of phone recycling system. It is a tiny phone compared to my current phone. I can barely remember it, but I am sure it was terribly modern and fashionable when I bought it. As R said, it is all about the screen size now, not the size of phone that was just a phone in the days of old when a small phone was a desirable thing to have.

Wikipedia tells me that it was released in 2006. I thought it may have been a bit older than that. It was 3G and had a camera and was able to browse the www.


Oh dear, the little fold down foot on the base of  the keyboard snapped off. There is nothing wrong with keyboard otherwise and I did not feel inclined to buy a new one. I stacked all these sticky squares together until I reached the height of the remaining foot.


But after a while they started to slide a bit. I have to come with a better solution.


33 comments:

  1. My phone (and screen) is still small. Too small for my aging eyes, and recalcitrant fingers. Which is part of the reason I neglect it.

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    1. EC, yes, they were a bit fiddly to use when that small.

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  2. My entire blasted computer gave up the ghost. I tried the tape too. Mine wasn't the foot but the hinge. Finally the last time I opened it the whole blankety-blank thing cracked. It looked like it'd been in an auto accident. I will never buy a plastic case again.
    Wow. Quite a difference in the phone size isn't there.

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    1. Sandra, and you always assiduously back up your files. Actually, as an author, you probably do. Yes, I had not realised the size difference was so dramatic.

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  3. My first phone, which Jack has been using, just died it was well over 20 years old! A small flip phone with a camera that took horrid pictures!
    I have the Galaxy S8 and I gave my last phone to Jack, a Galaxy S5. I protect both with an Otter Box.
    Not sure about the keyboard. Will keep thqta problem in my heard and see what I can come up with.

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    1. Maribeth, 20 years old is impressive. What an amazing battery, to say the least. I too have an S8, as you can probably see. I can glue something to the bottom of the keyboard. I am not sure what yet.

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    2. I've got it, Andrew! Do you have any wine corks or cork coasters? Those can be cut to measure and glued without moving later. Also use a super glue or gorilla glue.It came to me as I lay in bed first thing this morning!

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    3. Maribeth, generally our wine bottles now come with screw tops, but I can check the cork bin in the basement. It is a great idea and thanks for thinking of me in early morning.

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  4. My first mobile was a tiny thing too and I prefer smaller phones as I have small hands, these day the phones are all getting too big. Like radios. Remember when a transistor radio was small and fitted on your bedside table, then portable ones were able to fit in a pocket, and gradually they became the size of ghetto blasters, then the MP3 players came along and gradually became so tiny they were easily lost and now we have phones that do all those things and take photos too, but they're getting so big they almost aren't portable anymore.

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    1. River, I certainly would not want a larger one than I now have. I have a digital radio in my bathroom that is the size of an old 'tranny'. I will say, the sound quality from something the same size is a good bit better now.

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  5. Oops. forgot about your keyboard. snap off the remaining support and glue on a piece of dowel or something, the width of the keyboard. Or just get a new keyboard, they're not too expensive are they?

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    1. It is a cordless keyboard and I expect the price has dropped a good bit since we bought this one. I will have a look.

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    2. I got my cordless keyboard at Officeworks for $29.95 a couple of years ago.

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  6. I haven't had a mobile phone for ages, but I'm thinking of buying one. I want a PHONE, not a computer; just a phone. I wonder if such things exist any more?

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    1. Cro, do I have this right? You want a mobile telephone to use make telephone calls. Well! Novel!

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  7. I know sod all about technology, and have to rely on the advice of smart 5 year olds. But I do know Canada. BAD will love Newfoundland.

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    1. Hels, I am educating myself looking at places she is visiting. I know a bit about Newfoundland now.

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  8. It's funny that mobiles starting being huge, then the smaller the better and now they seem to be getting bigger but flatter.
    Hope you can solve your problem with the missing bit.

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    1. Sami, I think back to my first phone and it wasn't big in width or height but very deep and heavy.

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  9. Too Funny - Well Done

    Cheers

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    1. Padre, I do amuse myself at times.

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  10. I don't use a mobile. At this point in time...and hopefully even further in time, I have no need or desire to do so.

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    1. Lee, with some brief thinking, I understand why you don't need a mobile. Worst case, your car fails on your way to the shops. The kindness of strangers is amazing. A few years ago I would have said, what nonsense to be constantly hooked up to the internet, rather the same as what I thought in the late 90s when our Late Friend said our other friends get up in the morning, go to their respective computers and read newspapers online. How ridiculous. Yet I haven't read a paper newspaper now for a few years now. We take what we want from technology and ignore what we don't want.

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    2. I have the papers delivered on Saturdays and Sundays...and when I go out to shop, I always buy newspapers. I prefer to read the hard copy/paper copy than online. Although the days I don't have newspapers I read news online.

      I'm still old-fashioned and not ashamed to admit it...in that I prefer books...as in paper books to Kindle and the like. that's just the way I am...

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  11. I liked my old $10 net10 phone and would go back if I could. I can't see close up well enough to see anything on the phone clearly without reading glasses, which I wear, and have handy, only when reading, not when trying to use a phone. So I don't use my phone for much but calls and texts. If I'm on the web its on my desktop. Otherwise, I forget about it.

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    1. Last weekend, due to a country music festival nearby that brought in crowds, my internet went out and my phone would not get it either, if on cell data, not wireless. I felt naked and vulnerable, being unable to find out what was going on in the world. I didn't know then why the outage of cell and net, that it was from too many people using at once.

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    2. Stryer, organisers of such events should provide extra capacity as part of holding the event. They normally do here.

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  12. Interestingly when I was updating my phone a while back to the Samsung galaxy 8, the guy who worked there was telling me that the small fliptop phone is still the biggest seller.. seriously! Who would of thunk it!

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    1. Grace, I can hardly believe that. Is it an old person's phone shop?

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    2. They don't break easily, closing it means you don't accidentally dial someone every time you bend over, they fit nicely into a jeans pocket, you don't need to constantly be cleaning fingerprints off the screen...

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    3. Well argued River.

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  13. Hi Andrew,
    Is the larger phone a problem as far as hauling it around or a non issue?

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    1. Sandra, no. It still fits in pockets etc. I guess each one was little larger than the last.

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