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Re: I was thinking... [Re: Blair] #414231
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Glad she is feeling better

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R.I.P. Moto Xoom...

My Motorola Xoom, circa 2011, seems to have found "brick mode." Was sitting in church (I use an online Bible so I have access to a lot of translations) and when I picked it up it began to reboot. Half way through the process, it went black screen and would not turn on or cold boot ever since.

Took the battery out (2 different Torn screw drivers) and checked PC boards for corrosion, loose connections and the usual stuff I can actually do anything about. Reassembled the whole thing and put it back on charge for half a day...

Nada...
Zip...
Zilch...
Nuttin...
Broke...

Threatened it with my soldering iron, but it wasn't intimidated by my attempts at manipulation.

Tried a few online forums to see if it was something someone else had recovered from.

Nope...

Took it apart and hooked the battery up to the battery analyzer left over from radio days. It's within 50 mAH of new and is only 18 months old.

Still not happening...

crying

Might try a hammer in the morning...


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The secret to having a good marriage is to understand that marriage must be total, it must be permanent, and it must be equal.-- Frank Pittman
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Sorry for your loss. Hopefully all data was backed up.


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Now that's really funny...


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Is it under any type of warranty? Silly me, those things are programmed to break. I had that happen with 2 printers. One of them went kaput 3 days after the warranty expired. The other one waited 2 weeks. eek Go figure.

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Orchid,

It's over 5 years old. I replaced the battery a little over a year ago because battery life was pretty poor. I replaced the charging jack three years ago and rebuilt the memory card reader this past March.

The device got daily malware and virus scans, automated temp file and other overhead clean up and any apps that included information transmission were disabled or uninstalled as soon as they were discovered.

All installed apps were updated automatically with a few exceptions and location tracking was off except by permission specific to any apps that used it.

I only retired my Windows XP computer when it had a failure on the mother board. I don't usually buy new stuff until the benefit of owning new outweighs the cost of buying new.

Might be time to look for a new one.

The secret to repairing an electronic device is to approach it with confidence. State of the art circuitry can sense your fear. If you act in a confident manner, you can sometimes intimidate a device into proper operation. If this fails, you must trouble shoot the device to figure out why it doesn't work.

My first step is always to threaten the device with a screwdriver. If that fails, I carefully position it so that the soldering station is visible and I turn it on. Over my workbench hangs a two pound short handle sledge hammer. If nothing else works, I can always try to beat some sense into it. Unfortunately, beating electronics generally means they refuse to work and you end up buying a new one.

The Contained Smoke Theory of Electronic Component Function:

All electronic components work because they have specific amounts of magic smoke contained inside of them. Some components such as a resistor, don't have much smoke. Things like microprocessors have a lot of smoke inside. If you let the smoke out, they stop working.

Somebody let the smoke out of something and now it doesn't work.


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Electronics have short lives. Technology even shorter.

The old time tools could be handed down to generations.

Is this progress? wink

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Compared to the people who use electronics, the devices don't live long but I was repairing radios that were over 30 years old until the FCC changed the modulation rules in January 2013. Most of the old stuff became unusable. Most of the stuff sold in the previous ten years was capable of simple reprogramming. I had customers who had repeaters that had never been worked on since original installation before I even got into the business. I was there for over 21 years and kept part of the business going from the same desk I'm typing at now for almost two more.

A lot of consumer devices are cheaper to replace than to fix. Even a computer with a serious virus or malware problem can be cheaper to replace than to make work again. Most shops won't touch anything with an OS that is over one generation back. If MS stops supporting it, you are pretty much on your own when it comes to PCs.

The printer folks started packaging their printers with "starter" cartridges when the big box places began selling new models of printer for about the same price as a full load of ink or toner. We once had a color laser printer that used five toner cartridges, each one about 140 bucks. When we built two new stores, we opted for ink jets that we paid 49 dollars a piece for. Resolution wasn't as good but we were printing documents rather than custom print jobs. Most of our internal stuff used monochrome lasers from Samsung. We paid less than a hundred for each printer and got refurbished toner carts from one of our customers for around 25 dollars each. A couple of those printers were donated to a local charity in 2010 and last time I visited, they were still using at least one of them.

Electronics don't wear out. The mechanical stuff might break down (switches, buttons, battery contacts) and batteries might no longer be available but except when the software gets so far ahead that the hardware can't run it, almost nothing electronic is ever really broken beyond repair. Parts to fix it might exceed the cost of a new one, but most stuff can be fixed if you take the time and money to do it.

I'm looking for schematics for my Xoom right now. I will mess with it for a while and see if I can fix it myself. If I can't do it myself or if it needs parts that cost over a couple hundred dollars, it isn't worth fixing and I'll look for a new one.


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Mark:

Go online, and buy another one, $5 to 10 bucks, plus shipping.

Swap until it runs again.

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Somebody actually has one that they will give me. The screen is broken but I may be able to salvage enough of it to get mine to work again.


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Got an early Christmas present...

Monday morning my son and his wife gave me a new grandson!

7 pounds 14 ounces
21"

DIL was having contractions on Sunday morning. They went to the hospital and they stopped. She was sent home. Sunday afternoon, her mother came to visit and my son went to get tires on the car.

With the car in the air and all four tires dismounted, he got a call that the contractions had started again and were four minutes apart. Doctor said go back to hospital. Her mother drove her there and he followed once he had tires on the car.

Then things slowed down again and it was mid morning on Monday when he was born.

Everybody is doing great and he got to go home today.

yahoo

Proud Grandpa nod


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The tires are a great story to enjoy later. LYour son and DIL probably didn't like it at the time.) But congratulations! !!

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That's great. Congratulations!

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Congratulations proud grandpa!!!


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Awesome news!


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That's wonderful news, Mark!

When I was pregnant, I desperately wanted girls because I thought I wouldn't know what to do with boys. I had 2 boys.

Now I'm the proud grandma to 5 little girls, and I'm in heaven. When the last DIL was pregnant, they wanted a boy, but I insisted we were all tooled up for girls.

The first two girls always used to fight, but Katie moved on to teen things, so Chloe is starting to fight with girl #3. Cali is just beginning to fight with #4, and Lala is on the verge of fighting with the newest who is only 1. The baby can't talk yet, so the disagreements are very limited now.


"I feel sad that I focused so much on his potential and so little on mine."
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I wanted to have 3 boys - so I could grow up 3 males into wonderful, caring, giving, and SUPPORTIVE husbands, lol. Ended up with one girl.

She has a ten-year plan and is getting married this May and will buy a house by fall and be pregnant by Christmas. wink

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Great news. Best wishes to everyone. Enjoy the heck out of the new grandbaby.


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Awesome news.

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Congratulations Mark!! Enjoy every minute of it! Very happy for you and your family.

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Originally Posted By: Mark1952
Got an early Christmas present...

Monday morning my son and his wife gave me a new grandson!


Wow congrats Grampa!!!

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Congrats, Grandpa Mark!


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Must have been a while since I updated this thread...

Grandson is 2.

He's gonna have a sister in May.

I pretty much lost last winter.

In July of 18 I had a tiny spot on the back of my left thigh that was clearly another bout of my ongoing pyoderma gangrenosum. ( Latin for " your skin dies for no apparent reason.)

It got to be about the size of a quarter and then began to heal. Then it got bigger. It showed signs of healing interspersed with periods of growth and by the end of October was the size of my hand. Since it wasn't responding to treatment my dose of prednisone was doubled (60mg per day). It continued the cycle of starting to heal and getting bigger. At the same time the side effects of taking prednisone turned up the volume and my whole body began swelling. It was especially bad in my legs. My feet and ankles swelled up so much that I went up two sizes in slippers and the pain reached epic proportions.

By mid November the skin had died on the back of my entire left thigh. BTW, the skin dies but the nerves don't. Sleep was dozing off sitting on the edge of a hard chair for about 15 minutes at a time. If I put my feet up the swelling would diminish within minutes but would return within about 30 seconds of putting my feet down. The pain of that was about the most painful thing I had ever experienced.

On November 16 I came home from a meeting at church and found that my left sock was wet and the inside of my shoe was damp. The swelling had gotten so bad that it basically blew a hole in my ankle to get out. ( It's called weeping edema) The skin on my ankle began to die.

So two days before Thanksgiving I was hospitalized in Chicago and received intravenous immunoglobulin treatments over a period of five days. By now the pain of dressing changes had reached the point that I was getting morphine sulfate about 30 minutes before each change...three times a day.

The Monday after Thanksgiving I was transferred to a nursing and rehab center closer to home. By now was using a wheelchair to get around and needed help to get in and out of the chair. By Christmas Eve I was able to use a walker to get into the car for a 4 hour trip home but was still in the wheelchair by the first of 2019.

As the area began to heal I reduced the dose of prednisone and the pain subsided enough for me to stop any pain killers. It still hurt but no longer felt like I was on fire. I started doing double rounds of rehab in the gym every day and by January 10th was allowed to use a cane to get around. By a week later I was doing rebab without the cane and on the 18th was able to dribble a basketball and change direction quickly. My therapist decided to send me home. I checked out on January 20th.

The worst part of the experience was the food. I was amazed at how many ways they could take perfectly good food and make inedible. I was on a first name basis with most of the Grubhub and Doordash drivers. A guy from church brought me lunch a time or two per week and my wife brought me dinner 3 or 4 times per week. I had pizza, Chinese food, Mexican food and just about anything other than what they were serving.

It was late February before I could really walk for more than a few minutes but I was able to to get back to yard work by spring. By August I was well enough to build two paver patios in my yard. The first was a 10 foot circle with 355 separate pieces along with a gravel base and a layer of sand. The second was 12x16 with a bump out and a walkway to the back door. It has 1146 separate pavers...

I'm still reducing the prednisone and I'm currently at 4mg per day. I walk at least a mile every day and have done as much as 5. I still have to take it easy because when I push for too long my legs start to feel like lead.

I even spent Wednesday nights working with kids from 5 to 11 years old at church for twelve weeks capped off with a day long outing at a campground a couple hours away. We played frisbee golf, took hikes,played Gaga ball and I basically chased them around for 9 hours. I walked two miles by lunch and two more by supper and about another after dark.

My wife wanted to go back to work so she took a job with a company that does the same sort of work as the place she worked for 13 years. They hired her as a bookkeeper and she's now the CFO. Her health has improved so much that she is off of most of her meds. Her last two A1C were both 5.5 with no medication. She also started working with the highschool kids group at church, so she's reliving her youth, I guess.

I sold my boat and put the money into a new camera. It also does video and I have been playing with that. I also sold my 2001 F150 and just picked up an SUV. It was used but low miles and has all the goodies including heated leather seats, satellite radio, 4 wheel drive... Only thing that I'm worried about is keeping it clean. It's black...

Last February we had the lowest daytime high temperature on record for any date. The high was -17 F. The low was -23 which was a record for the date and fifth coldest it's ever been here.

So of course the day after Christmas I wore shorts and flip flops...it was 66 degrees at 3 pm. I worked in the yard all afternoon.

If you don't like Chicago weather just hang around a while. It'll change.

Life be pretty good...


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Hi Mark,

Wow, what an update. So is the condition removed or under control? So sorry to hear of your trauma. That has been quite an ordeal.

Prednisone is strong but limited. My skin condition was so bad, I had a difficult time making it between dosages and it was damaging my liver as well. That was over 20 years ago.

Thanks for the update and glad you are getting back into the swing of things. Glad your wife is doing getter as well.

Hope 2020 rolls in as a healthy year for your both! smile

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Thanks for the update. Glad to hear you have recovered so well. Wishing you health and happiness for the New Year.


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