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Re: What are you doing right now?
« Reply #3450 on: July 27, 2019, 02:17:50 PM »
Making black currant jam.  Lots of work for very little jam.  They're fussy little suckers.  You have to destem them from 2 ends and they have seeds.  Oh well.

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Re: What are you doing right now?
« Reply #3451 on: July 28, 2019, 01:55:41 PM »
Fine detail work is a hell of a skill. I wonder if that would translate over. You'd probably be better at cracking cases on laptops than I am.

The trick is not to physically crack the case. lot of stupid plastic folds when there should have just been case mating points, like god intended.

poo, the older iPod's were pressure mated. Thick ass fold sprongs. Spellcheck says that isn't a word, I disagree. It's PERFECT.
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Re: What are you doing right now?
« Reply #3452 on: July 29, 2019, 02:30:25 AM »
Would you agree that the older ipod's were sprongy?
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Re: What are you doing right now?
« Reply #3453 on: July 29, 2019, 05:12:56 AM »
I popped my HP iPod (Wow did Fiorina mess that one up) with no training. Yeah, I ruined it, but I learned a lot.

Specifically, it's all metal sprongy things keeping it shut. you just pull the two apart extremely carefully.

Plus, it was already dead, had the frowny face, triangle exclamation point "YOU'RE bent" icon.

Specifically the hard drive was dead. It's in a box somewhere. Maybe someone else could do something with it, but I've got trust issues.

Certainly not worth the $90 people were charging for battery replacements back then.

Still my favorite ipod model, that headphone placement was PERFECT.

I used to read books on that screen, which seems nuts to me now.
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Re: What are you doing right now?
« Reply #3454 on: July 29, 2019, 07:50:27 AM »
I have a 2008 vintage iPod that has a dead battery.  It would cost more to replace the battery than to buy a replacement iPod.  Jonny Ives likes to pride himself on his emulation of Dieter Rams in the design ethos that Apple adopted with the product lines that he oversaw.  But one of the tenets of Rams' 10 Principles of Good Design is that it should be "Umweltfreundlich" or ecologically sensitive.  Creating devices with batteries that cannot be easily changed hardly falls under that category, nor does designing machines that are no longer supported after 8 years.  I guess they use the fact that they'll recycle your old devices for free to assuage their collective consciences.  But the rampant consumerism underpinning Apple's relentless promotion of new product lines and its link to planned obsolescence is enough to give Rams as well as Victor Papanek (author of the 1971 recycling friendly Design for the Real World) brain tumors.

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Re: What are you doing right now?
« Reply #3455 on: July 29, 2019, 07:00:41 PM »
Yup, that certainly isn't a free service, it's just frontloaded in the price at purchase. California already does that. You get a $25 "fee" tacked on whenever you buy electronics.

Most of my CD players could be taken apart with a jewelers screwdriver, I fixed stuck lasers that way all the time. Not so in the brave new world.

That was before I knew anything about electronics, I'd just gut the thing, poke at loose wires, then reassemble the thing. Unless something was physically cracked or torn, I got at least another six months out of the devices.

Today I went to goodwill late, around 6 PM, and watched a lady wheel out the exact size file cabinet I need. That wasn't fun.

Of course they didn't have two. They tend to ship those things out to other stores. They do have as many iHome stereos and alarm clocks as future landfills may require!

I know people got those as Christmas gifts from well meaning relatives, but has anyone ever used one? In "the wild" Aux cord is king.
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Re: What are you doing right now?
« Reply #3456 on: November 05, 2019, 03:57:00 PM »
A week and a half into my electrical course and I already have 2 days of exams to look forward to this week.

So, guess what? Yep, I'm cramming!

My head hurts ... a lot!
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Re: What are you doing right now?
« Reply #3457 on: November 06, 2019, 12:27:50 AM »
I have a 2008 vintage iPod that has a dead battery. 

plenty of vids showing how to change and change the memory to cards. A serious upgrade  then install rockbox on it.
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Re: What are you doing right now?
« Reply #3458 on: November 06, 2019, 12:32:56 AM »
I have watched the videos.  Not quite sure I'm up for it, but I do like to tinker with things and I hate the ooga booga mystery surrounding electronics.  Other than making sure I don't electrocute myself, I'd like to be able to replace the battery.  I rewire lamps from time to time and that's pretty satisfying, although I don't have the same challenges with miniature parts and making sure everything goes back together again.

Right now, it's a paperweight, so I won't be losing anything by attempting the battery replacement.

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Re: What are you doing right now?
« Reply #3459 on: November 06, 2019, 03:15:52 AM »
Peeling open an ipod requires a lot of patience. I did it once, and I wrecked the poo out of the thing.

I did a bit better with the PSP, but I had a phone call when I was trying to install the 6th screen replacement I had ordered, and wrecked a bracket with the tool set that I had.

It's some serious fuckery, and not for the feint of heart.

Specifically, it was the HP iPod.

I really love the second gen nano, with the metal shell. Mine had a screen bleed that REPAIRED ITSELF. I've never seen anything like it, but am thankful. I now store it screen down to avoid future fippery.

I still have my MBP, but the battery is deader than a doornail, and the display was a victim of what is now called "3rd hand smoke". You can't refurb that.

I doubt I'll ever be in the apple market again, but it was fun while it lasted.

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Re: What are you doing right now?
« Reply #3460 on: November 06, 2019, 10:27:28 AM »
Yeah.  I can see a trail of tears with that iPod, so I have been hesitant to crack it open.  As for old tech.  I have two iPods, a first generation iPad, a 1st gen. watch, an old MBP (pre unibody) and the jewel in my collection, a Powerbook 92 that still runs.  I keep it so I can boot up floppy discs and because it has a really good Water Balloons game.  It has a 256 Mb HD.  My iPhone 6 is my first smartphone and it's still fine.  Apple will stop supporting it so I'll use it until I can't any longer.  After that, who knows.  $1k for a phone is a bit steep, so hopefully they'll produce something cheaper by the time it's no longer useful.

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Re: What are you doing right now?
« Reply #3461 on: November 07, 2019, 12:31:15 AM »
I have no real idea what old tech I have, but I (almost) never throw anything away. I have (at least) a second-gen iPod, a U2 iPod, a couple of iPod minis, an iPod nano or three, and whatever that stick of gum iPod was I have one of them too. I have cables for most of these things too! That's when the iPhone arrived, and somewhere we have a 3G, 3GS, 4, 4S, 5S, and a 6. I still use the X, the wife is still using the 6S. We have two (or maybe three?) iMacs on the go, and in the loft there are many and various others going back to the LCII that was the first computer I bought new (battery is dead in that, too). Laptops? I've had a few, but I think these are the things that mostly get thrown away (to remove the temptation of spending 100+ on a new battery for a machine worth maybe 20): I have kept the 17" Powerbook as a slice of vintage computing, and there is doubtless an iBook and at least a couple of other Powerbooks/ MacBook Pros lying around somewhere to go with the one I use day to day.

... and then there are iPads, and apple watches - boy it sure starts to add up after a while, doesn't it!

A museum will be asking to borrow these

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Re: What are you doing right now?
« Reply #3462 on: November 07, 2019, 03:06:57 AM »
That's generally how museums work :P
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Re: What are you doing right now?
« Reply #3463 on: November 07, 2019, 06:28:49 PM »
I have an Apple TV 1st gen and have never been able to get it to sync with my Samsung smart tv and my computer.  I expect it's hopeless now.  Is there any reason to keep it?

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Re: What are you doing right now?
« Reply #3464 on: November 07, 2019, 06:52:34 PM »
You might be able to hook it up dumb style, I'm guessing the "smart" was what got depreciated and locked out.

Hell, the Samsung TV I have rejects anything but a $120 wifi adapter that is now fully obsolete.

I'm still learning stuff about my TCL TV. "forgetting" the wireless network isn't under the wireless settings, but the "Advanced configuration" settings.

I had to use a stupid tile interface instead of directly going to my PC, but that was under the "Power" settings. Specifically "Power on to HDMI 1".

It's like these things are designed to be difficult.
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