Cell phone accessories II

I wrote a while ago about my experiences with cell phone accessories. The saga continues and after a long trip on the road using them, I have some more to say.

This week I took a trip to St. Louis and back for the FIRST Robotics World Championships. I went to support our team, The Warlocks Team 1507 and to volunteer my services as a robot inspector. Yes, I am a certified FIRST Robotics Robot Inspector, but that’s a story for another post.

I used my phone as my GPS navigation device on this trip as well. My Magellan would have done the job fine, but after a couple of years, the data could be out of date. Google Maps usually doesn’t have that problem.

So I stuck the arm and holder to the windshield with the suction cup and after a couple tries got it to stick. It stayed the entire trip once it stayed up. It’s still there… Continue Reading…

Pulling my hair out

I’ve got a “new” laptop. It’s driving me crazy.

It’s a long story, so I’ll write it here. Too long for Facebook, which seems to get all my blogging attention these days. (Damn you FB!)

One the one hand it’s free. Free as in gonna cost you a lot of money, free. It’s an Acer Aspire 7736Z and it’s a beautiful laptop. Big screen in the desktop-replacement class. Too heavy to lug around, but nice to look at. It was given to me. It was also a basket case.

It was my wife’s laptop. She had it for about 2 years. Never took it anywhere, just used it on the kitchen table with the occasional trip to the living room. One day it started complaining about a low battery, but it was plugged in. Okay, bad charger, or cord. We’ve seen that before. Continue Reading…

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