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Saturday, November 17, 2018

Rice is great!!!!

One of the kids dropped their iPhones in water 3 days ago. 

I sent them to the pantry for a bag of white rice. I poured the rice in a gallon ziplock bag, then buried the phone while we all said a prayer. The first of many since then. 

It took a lot for me not to check on it...until tonight. I wanted to remove the SIM card and check for water inside. Good news, tray and SIM card were dry. I checked with a flashlight, no evidence of water inside that I could see. Hallelujah! 

I’m charging it now. It powered up. Another hallelujah! I’m also doing a backup, since one has never been done. To them it’s just a music player, game player they text constantly on and snap a few photos. But if those photos disappeared? They would be devastated! No worries now.

So white rice does save iPhones! Just for snicks and grins I stuck my hand in the bag of rice. It wasn’t soggy, but it definitely absorbed the water. My hand immediately got cold when slipping it in where the phone has sat. That’s my highly scientific test, feel free to use it.

How do you stop someone from listening to their iPhone while doing the dishes, using the facilities, or showering? Gah! This has to stop! Keep it in a deep front pocket or put it in a zipped pocket of your jacket. Momma’s not replacing any phones that go for a dive. I bought your most recent phones, I’m done!

I’m still saying prayers this phone is ok. I’m still paying for it. I loved the days of signing a 2 year contract and getting a phone for free. Shoot! I’d sign a 4 year contract!

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Friday, November 16, 2018

11/16/08...10 years blogging

It’s been 10 years since my first blog post. Things were different back then. For starters, there were all sorts of ways for you to grow your followers. Entrecard was the big one. I gained a lot of readership from that site and met quite a few bloggers in person. I miss growing my followers.

I blogged about life, my kids, their illnesses, drummer boy aka metallicahead, gay rights. I got a little political, but it was mostly local. I blogged about back in the day with the TBT posts and my recollections of holidays from my past. There used to be memes that asked lots of questions and you could learn quite a bit about your fellow bloggers. Now I mostly complain, sometimes brag, a lot of times think I’m funny when I’m probably not very funny. I still enjoy blogging.

I did quite a bit of product reviews (I do miss the freebies, and if I do say so myself I was fair and objective and wrote alot of good reviews.) I did do reviews on some great products which I got to keep: KitchenAid Roasting Pan, Fiesta Dinnerware, Eureka Mighty Mite Canister Vacuum, Burton Backpack. I also did a lot of book reviews, mostly cookbook reviews. 

I really miss the old Blogger. I used to be able to add links and photos to my posts and gadgets/widgets to my sidebar. All those cool things elude me now. I don’t have a clue how to do them. I tried adding photos several times earlier this month and they were all epic fails.

I dropped out of blogging for quite awhile. Blogger changed and I couldn’t access it. I even had my blog hi-jacked for awhile. It took quite awhile to get my blog back, but I finally did. I found an IOS app that can access Blogger and that’s the way I post today.

I’ll continue to post. 

So, Happy Anniversary to my blog and 10 interesting years!

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Thursday, November 15, 2018

Home Printer/Scanners are NOT da bomb

They suck. I have several Printers and Printer/Scanners that should go to Electronics Recycling but my community no longer does this. 

The Epson XP-430 Printer/Scanner I bought about 2 years ago which I currently use was about to go sailing out the 2nd floor window even though I just bought an almost $50 4-pack of black and color ink cartridges. It wasn’t because of the ridiculous amount of black ink it sucks dry. That would be reason enough. However, it takes an eternity to scan a 25 page document, with each page taking about 3 minutes and for some mysterious reason it doesn’t scan at 100%.  The documents that came with the printer said to use a particular Scan Mode, Full Auto Mode, which I did, religiously, until today. It seems the recommended Full Auto Mode is the slowest and is apparently there to aggravate the consumer to run out and buy a new Printer/Scanner. Nope, not me. I fiddled with the other settings and found that Office Mode takes literally seconds to scan a page AND can easily be configured to scan pages at 100%. The scan quality is even better.

I can’t even tell you how much time was wasted waiting for this overgrown paperweight to scan at 3 minutes per page. I can’t get that time back.

Printer/Scanners in order of suckage:
Brother Printer/Scanner/Fax which stops ALL functionality when an ink cartridge needs to be replaced. That means no faxing, no scanning, and no uploading from a micro SD card. NOTHING can be done, except remove the paper and put it into a different printer that doesn’t hold you hostage and make an expensive machine unusable until you replace 1 ink cartridge.

Epson XP-430 which sucks ink at incredible speeds and which recommends the absolute worst Scan Mode for home use.

I’m not printing, I finished printing about 5 minutes ago and I just heard the print heads move, no doubt sucking more ink needlessly.

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