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by on November 17, 2011

OK, this is both a confession and, hopefully helpful, hint on the path toward total dependence on technology.

First the confession; I haven’t found it necessary until very recently to carry a cell phone, much less a smart phone. To be brutally honest, I didn’t even remember my cell phone number. I did carry my “Model A” phone with me on trips and very occasionally around town, but very, very  occasionally.

Without going into detail, the recent snowstorm created a urgent client situation. They were trying to get a hold of me and, because of the power outage and the fact they had no idea of what my cell phone number might be, they had a great deal of difficulty. Eventually they reached me and the crisis was dealt with.

So, now I am the proud owner of a new Droid based smart phone. I haven’t mastered it yet by any stretch of imagination. Today in the midst of another power outage (which is the basis of another post some day), my new, proud, hi-tech possession went dark. “What the hell is this?” One of the important benefits of such technology is that it functions when the land lines of power and connection cease to function.

Luckily, the Verizon store was still open and I carried my comatose “wonder-of-the-ages” smart phone into their ER. The fix was simple. Open it up, remove and re-insert the battery, and walla, the face lit up.

I guess the OS wanders into a dead end and the battery removal/insertion triggers a re-boot of the OS and everything is cool.

So my hint is this, if your smart phone hangs up (no pun intended), open up the little devil and do a faux battery replacement. It may resuscitate the rascal.

That’s it. A simple confession and equally simple hint about our technology dependence. How about you all, anyone got a another tale of “confession” and/or technical peculiarities?


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  1. Not so much the confession, just some cameraderie. I, too, was without power last night for about 4 1/2 hours. It’s a pleasure to be in such good company!

    • As luck would have it, my wife emailed our son who works in Wilton. He was at the new Asian bistro across form Town Hall with two friends. We quickly joined them and had a nice visit with our him and friends. Had dinner there too, not bad, and when we got back home, the lights were on.

      So, all-in-all not an awful experience, but it isn’t fun to be without power for any length of time, no matter how brief it might be.

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