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General status - Habemus plus vis computatoris quam Deus
Ramblings of a Unix ronin
unixronin
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So, my company has been pretty proactive about making sure all our people are OK after irenepocalypse, asking everyone to check in, report status and whether they need any assistance, etc.  (We actually have quite a few people flooded out or without power, and at least one was evacuated due to flooding.)  Early afternoon yesterday, I got the "please check in" message for my group, and checked in to say "we're fine here aside from a couple of minor leaks, no storm damage."

So, of course, less than ten minutes later a freak gust of wind managed to get the front storm door open and tear it off its stay.  Ripped the screws straight out of the metal frame.  Fairly easy repair, but still...  "Oh yeah?  No storm damage, huh?  We'll see about THAT.  Ha!"

In other news, my Droid3 slipped out of the pocket of my safari vest this morning as I leaned down to look at a stick insect I found on the car, landed on the asphalt driveway, and shattered one corner of the screen.  Bah.  This is EXACTLY why I have been dubious about the move towards all-glass (or increasingly mostly-glass) devices.  Phones and similar devices get dropped; it's a near-inevitable fact of life, unless you keep your phone on a lanyard at all times.  If you have an expensive electronic device that is probably going to suffer multiple small drops during its lifetime, it really should be built to survive them.

(Yes, I bought "full replacement" device insurance, against just this eventuality.  $99 deductible?  Sheesh.  That's probably approaching wholesale cost of the device.)

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unixronin From: unixronin Date: August 29th, 2011 06:28 pm (UTC) (Link)
I haven't, and I don't know how well (if at all) any kind of case would work with the Droid3's slide-up screen, or whether they'd impede access to the keyboard. That was why I specifically mentioned a lanyard.

Unfortunately, the Droid3 has no provision for a lanyard...
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unixronin From: unixronin Date: August 29th, 2011 07:04 pm (UTC) (Link)
Hmm. I'm kinda curious how the screen portion of that attaches. It also looks like it probably won't accomodate the inductive charging back.
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unixronin From: unixronin Date: August 29th, 2011 07:41 pm (UTC) (Link)
It does. It's about 3mm thicker. I think it's the same thickness as the alternate back for the high-capacity battery (and I know it will accommodate the high-capacity battery), so any case that will accommodate the extended battery back should also accommodate the inductive charging back.

Whether the inductive charging back will work through a case is, of course, another question.




On other news, BTW, I hate Velcro.  The stuff is great when it's NEW.  But let it start wearing a little, and it stops, for instance, holding pocket flaps securely closed.  DAMHIK.  :p  One of the most inappropriately over-used inventions ever...
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unixronin From: unixronin Date: August 29th, 2011 08:14 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yup.  I'd much prefer snaps.

In fact, I may cut off this velcro and fit a snap instead.
argonel From: argonel Date: August 29th, 2011 07:46 pm (UTC) (Link)
In general the smartphone manufac@turers have done a pretty good job of making them impact resistant. However resistant is not impact proof and even gorilla glass is not immune to impact damage. After the number of times I've dropped my phone on concrete I'm surprised that the glass is in nearly perfect condition, but the bezel has a lot of the anodizing worn off the aluminum.
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