Cracked Iphone Screen; I’m dying!

My iPhone hit the ground! It's cracked, and doesn't work. Well, it finally happened. I was using my iPhone without a protective case, and I dropped it. Instant death! The screen was populated by solid colored streaks and only responded to swipes in certain spots.

If I was lucky enough to get to the home screen, the phone opened random apps and pushed random selections in an extremely violent and unpredictable manner. I couldn’t even power it down because the power off swipe confirmation was located in the dead zone of the screen. I had to let the phone die on its own so I could disassemble it. When not in use this thing lasted almost three days! (The wifi was turned on, so that probably helped it.)

I’m really just mad that the phone’s screen couldn’t be something resilient like plastic!!! Sure, glass feels really awesome, but it requires a huge case to protect it. I mean, really protect it! I don’t like cases. They get stuck in my pocket. Whatever happened to phones that weren’t so fragile??? My Nokia 3210 could have been hurled from a jet plane at cruising altitude and would fair better than an iPhone of any species!

usps_delivery_whenI’m in the process of repairing my iPhone. So far I have purchased a replacement screen on eBay for $34.00. It is due to be delivered on or near Friday, August 8, 2014. As of this writing, which is Friday, August 8, 2014, the United States Postal Service (USPS) hadn’t delivered it. I think they should just say this: “Expected Delivery Day: Sometime between now February 30th.” At least then, I could laugh and say, “Good one. At least you know you suck at predicting how things travel through your system.” It might even be funnier if they said this: “Expected Delivery Day: You’d get this faster if you moved to a large city with a freaking huge sort facility. Problem is that you live in a small town, and our ability to cut costs and run an efficient business means you’re going to have to wait a really long time to get your crap because we have to wait for enough mail to pile up before we put it on a truck to get it near your town.”

In all actuality, I’m probably just having withdrawals from my phone. I’ve been without it for a week, and I’ve realized one thing. There are a lot of apps that I don’t need on it anymore because I’ve lived this long waiting to get home to check them, and when I get on to check them, NOTHING IS THERE TO CHECK!!!

Tune in next time for a video of me repairing my iPhone…It’s sure to be a good one; It’ll be good and boring because I fixed it, or it will be good and funny because the fix didn’t work, and it made me say a bad word!

I’m back in action, but slower than ever

I have a lot to talk about in a small space. I probably won’t get to it all. I’d like to start by embedding some explosions:

Do Your Research

Not all colleges are the same!

The next thing that I’d like to do is put out a small piece of advice: watch out where you choose to go to college. I’ve learned a hard lesson by attending a private online college to get my Engineering Degree; avoid those for-profit colleges if you must! Check to make sure that your major is ABET accredited. I knew that DeVry’s online Electronics Engineering course was not ABET accredited, but I was also lead to believe that it was about to be. Fool me once, shame on you. I won’t let that happen again, but it’s too late! The damage i$ already done. I couldn’t get a job in the engineering field (and glad I didn’t), and I can’t pursue a Master’s degree at the college of my choice (and I’m really unhappy that I can’t).

What I’ve been up to

Some may have noticed that went completely silent for a long time. I wasn’t in college… I’ve just been busy. I recently closed my electronics and computer repair business because it was taking up too much time, and the money was not worth it.

I also celebrated one year at Beans and Strings as an Assistant Manager and music instructor. I’ve devoted most of my time to my job and my family, and I just haven’t had as many hobbies going on that I could blog about. I think I did more hobby stuff when I was in college. I also had a streak of bad luck with my projects, too. It really bums me out to blog about my failures. Perhaps I should do that, too.

There’s more to come. I have projects that I’ve been working on. I’m also a real person so life happens, and my blog is not always the forefront. Going forward I want to do a better job with organizing and arranging projects. In the past, what you see is what you get. Hopefully the future will be easier to find and easier to understand.

Peace and blessings to you in the maker community. Drop me a line.

All Things Lumenlab Take Nosedives

Earlier this year I posted “Where did go?“, and someone was trying to revive the community with a new forum. Even that forum went by the wayside and now simply says, “RIP LumenLab.” I’ve been pondering my situation with the router, and I think it’s safe to say that I and others that own Lumenlab CNC routers are on the losing end of the deal.

While the original Lumenlab forum was in existence, there were a few problems that happened to users that resulted in the need for parts. The one issue that I recall clearly was the Z-axis tool holder breaking. If this happens, you’re pretty much in trouble. I’m just trying to figure out what we can do to get replacement parts in the event that something bad does happen.

I’m distressed to know that there is no way to get new parts for my CNC router. Throughout the last year I’ve found it greatly disturbing that I cannot get parts made ‘at the factory’. At one point in time I remember seeing a BOM, and that would be something useful in the event that commercially made parts wear out, but I haven’t been able to locate it on the web.

Has anyone devised a way to make the Delrin and HDPE parts to replace worn out items? It’s not like we are trying to create a commercial item, but I know some were worried about ‘patent’ infringement and the sort. What good is our machine if we can’t make or obtain replacement parts?

I’m simply griping for the sake of griping. My wife was already angry that I spent thousands of dollars and then had to wade through mediocre customer service and long lead-times to get my machine. While it has helped my hobby, it hasn’t even begun to pay for itself. Sure, a CNC can spit out a PCB in just a few minutes, but now I’ve traded lost time in etching PCBs for expensive tools, and in the long run, I’m losing more money in tools and supplies than I’ll ever make up in productivity.

What’s new at Tech-Tut (September 25, 2012)

Just found this guy trying to call K726XAA on my Yaesu FT-60 (Picture taken Apr 20, 2012)

It’s been a crazy couple of weeks for me (Robbie). I’ve been selling a bunch of stuff that I don’t use any more on eBay and cleaning out my closets. I’ve lost a lot of money on the stuff, but I am happy to have a few cubic feet of extra space at the house.

It was around this week last year (2011) that I began researching how to get into Amateur Radio. I had a birthday coming up, and I use my birthdays to fuel hobbies. Ham radio is one thing that will become a lifetime hobby. Since obtaining my license in November 14, 2011, I have joined two clubs, helped teach an introductory ham radio class at the local tech, and became the secretary/treasurer of the Colquitt County Ham Radio Society. I’ve chased satellites, the space station, and DX on 2m FM and 10m SSB. It’s been a fun adventure, and I look forward to many more years of it.

Yashica FX-70This year for my birthday I have taken up photography. I’ve always enjoyed taking pictures, but I’ve set aside time to learn more about what it takes to make great photos. There are many variables and techniques that can be used, but the following quote really sums up what I’ve learned about photography. I’ve seen a lot of posts where people ask, “What is the best camera to use?” I think the best answer is…”The best camera is the one that’s with you.” – Chase Jarvis

I’ve been using my Canon SD1000 and my sister’s Kodak Z1012, but I just bought a Canon T3i from B&H photo. It hasn’t even arrived yet, but I am anticipating the ability to take great photos and have the flexibility to use new lenses. I’ve been confined to one, built-in lens with my cameras, and I look forward to being able to use high(er) quality glass to take photos.