Aug 082015

It’s been rough for the old Captain lately.  Constant financial issues, dealing with losses both personal and physical, and over the past week, the problems with simply living in a room.  Through it all, however, I’ve been able to maintain some semblance of an income by way of the computer and the iPhone.  If something happens to either of these devices, I am totally screwed.

The MacAir is going on 5 years old.  It doesn’t have enough memory for my uses, but I make do.  The battery is long gone so it only works when I have power, but I make do.  I desperately need to replace it, but I make do.  As long as it continues to run, I will make do, or as some critics would call it, doodoo.

The iPhone5S is almost a year and a half old.  Of all the iPhones I’ve had, this has been my favorite.  Right size, works like it should, and I was hoping it would last until the 7 models come out next year.  Then I would upgrade.  If anything happens to the iPhone now, I am in for some trouble.

With these two devices, I can still scratch out a meager income and remain independent from the worker bee hive.

So, which one of the devices is in need of some fixin’?  Anyone want to take a guess?

The winner is:

broke iphone

That’s right.  The iPhone.  I noticed the screen seemed to not be fitting correctly inside the case and when I pulled it out, lo and behold, the screen was loose.  So, after panicking for a few minutes, I did some searching online and found this is a common problem usually caused by the battery becoming overheated and expanding, therefor dislodging said screen from said phone.  How my iPhone, which is on all the time, sits in my pocket when I’m walking around in 95 degree heat and 100% humidity could possibly over heat is beyond me, but it looks like this is what the problem is.

But, all is not lost.  As it happens, Apple has an iPhone replacement program for just such an issue.  All you do is type in your phone serial number to see if you qual….nope.  Don’t qualify.  All is still not lost.  A quick search reveals a replacement battery, complete with necessary tools and destructions is available on Amazon.  At $14.99 plus shipping, I ordered it up last night.

There is a place not too far from where I will currently not be living which advertises iPhone battery replacement service, but from what I can glean from the forums, said replacement runs upwards of $80 or better.  I can destroy my iPhone myself for a lot less money.  So, if UPS works, I should be able to fix this thing by next weekend.  If I’m still in town.

All in all, if the battery can be replaced and it solves the screen issue, I should be good to go until it’s time for an upgrade.  I hope this is all there is.  Losing either device would be bad, very bad.  There was a time when I was able to do everything I needed on an iPad.  This was before I got into app development and all the other things.  If I could exist simply by way of my writing on the blog with the occasional book, I would gladly go back to the iPad.  Grab a Skype phone number, and get rid of all this other stuff, but I can’t, at least not right now.

I’m very happy with the performance of the computer and iphone.  Both devices have lasted way longer than they should have, but it is getting time for some upgrades.  Sooner or later something is going to bust which I won’t be able to fix.  For now I’ll make do.

Capt. Fritter


  One Response to “I’ll Make Do…”

  1. Your old iPad articles convinced me to ditch my PC for good. For my purposes, I’m quite happy with my iPad Mini. Thanks!

    Someday, I’ll probably just go with a larger iPhone. I’m determined to own only what I actually need to be comfortable.

    Sorry that the landlord is still drunk…