I saw 'Sexy Beast' in a theater when it first came out. Other than Ben
Kingsley's rants where f**k came through every other word I missed most
of the dialogue. I thought it was just me but as the crowd left the most
popular question couples were asking each other was "Could you
understand it?" I recently had the same problem with a Ken Loach film,
'The Navigators'. Heavy Yorkshire accents and no subtitles. At least had
Several years ago, I lost my flip cellphone. It was gone for about 2
weeks. This was during the winter and the snow was deep. I figured the
phone was gone permanently. I went out to check our horse, and he had
almost eaten all the hay in his bale feeder. There laid my phone, in the
bottom of his feeder. Covered with dirt and frozen snow and horse
saliva. It had been under all that hay and snow, and when he had cleaned
up his hay as well as the snow, (while picking thru it for hay), he
exposed the phone.
I took it in the house, wiped it off, and let it dry for a few days.
Then I charged the battery and it worked perfectly. I was amazed it
worked after all of that.
* The horse got a treat for finding my phone!
Of course I checked the out going call list to see if the horse had made
any calls. He had not, but it looked like he was trying to text me to
A guy on Freecycle gave me his non-working camera. He was on a cruise
and had the typically small camera in his pocket when he got into a
hot or cold tub. He got out "immediately" but I guess water got in.
By the time I got it, months later, there was visible water inside,
but there was white salt on the internal coin battery. and after I
removed the salt, the battery was, not surpringly, dead. Most cameras
have both a replaceable coin or rechargeable battery and a smaller
internal battery that holds settings.
I found excellent disassembly instructions online, but they no longer
sell a battery that small with solder tabs. I bought the next size
larger but I don't think it will fit**. I'm hoping they'll bring back
the size I need. **I wouldn't mind if the case bulged out a bit so
that the battery could fit, but I think the bulging out will also
make the side of the top of the case too short, and I won't be able to
get it on the body.
I've tried to solder to a coin battery without solder tabs, but I
never got anywhere. Ideas??
All I can say is it hasn't happened to me. I'm not that
attached to a phone though.
I bought a rugged flip phone because I'm out in the fields
where dust can definitely be a problem. They do make rugged
smart phones also. There are others but Caterpillar
lends its name to some.
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What about other bits of kit? PDA, PMP, watch, earpiece, hearing aids,
pager, camera, etc.? I.e., it appears that manufacturers put the onus on
the user/consumer to safeguard the item instead of designing "robust"
items (for the most part).
My experience was having a mobile in a shirt pocket and putting it in a
washing machine, came out spotless but never worked again despite
dismantling and drying it with a hairdryer.
"Don Y" wrote in message
A week or two back, a friend lamented "drowning" her cell phone
(accidentally, of course). I recounted this story to a few other
friends and was surprised at how many expressed similar events
(personally or among their family members).
By far, the toilet claimed the most victims. A couple lost
items "over the side" on (small) boats.
No one complained about dropping anything in a *sink* (perhaps
because few folks ever have a sink full of water?). And, no
one complained of "death in a snow bank" (I guess snow doesn't
melt quick enough to do damage?)
Cell phones are the typical victims. And, "falling out of
their back pocket" (while lowering or raising pants, "before"
or "after") was the typical cause. (Men's wallets seemed to
suffer similar fates)
I assume PDA's are too "yesterday" to make the list. And,
earpieces probably don't make it *into* the bathroom (site
of most malfeasance).
But, wonder how often this happens and, considering the
dollars involved in some of these devices...
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