Smart Phone Not Charging Hack and Rant

My phone has become harder and harder to charge over the last year. I changed cables and that is not the problem. The problem is around the plug in the phone itself, perhaps it’s a software thing, no way to know for sure. It was taking a lot of fiddling with the cord to get it to seat just right in the phone plug and start charging.

Then the fiddling was taking longer and longer. I would have to keep pressure on the cord seating with the phone for several seconds before it would keep charging without my pushing on the cord. I was losing patience with pressing and holding the cord, only to let go and have the phone stop charging. I thought the price of this phone was outrageous when I purchased it, so I am not about to go out and buy and new one.

Smart phones are doing pretty much the same things they have done for the last ten years, so what is the point of upgrading? What I did was find two strong rubber bands and connected them to the phone cord. Now I plug in the cord to the wall socket, plug the cord into the phone, and pull the rubber bands over the phone to keep tension on it. For now, this is a good fix.

As my phone won't charge

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This is the same type of behavior by my previous smart phone, after about the 2.5 year of ownership mark, This phone started really annoying behaviors suddenly. I would take my smart phone out of my pocket to find the dial pad on screen with gibberish in the number section, blue tooth turned itself off, Web pages I never visited opened, settings screen opened, and other annoying behaviors.

I only have a few basic apps installed, and they are in the apps store of both majors app stores, so I think I can discount them as the cause of the problem. I don not have enough faith in the integrity of any App Store to load too many apps on my phones. It isn’t worth the risk.

At about this time period, cost of ownership was down to around $1.00 a day. If I was paying monthly for the phone, it would have been payed off for a few months. Is this the break point for smart phones? When cost of ownership reaches a certain point, a random selection of annoying behaviors appear, bothersome enough to make the owner think of upgrading?

If this errant smart phone behavior was a one-time occurrence I would think nothing of it. There is a track record of this behavior starting with my old phone from a different company. It too started a pattern of erratic behavior around the two year of ownership mark. So too have some of the smart phones of other people I know, suddenly developed this odd behavior that eventually goes away.

One smart phone maker was found out for programming this behavior into their older smart phones a few years ago to make owners upgrade to a more expensive smart phone. This is what prompted me to change brands. I wonder if my current smart phone’s maker is doing the same thing, only a little more subtle? Staying current with technology is one thing. Being nudged into buying a newer same old is another thing completely.

From the user side of cell phones, we do not have the technology or authority to be able to examine the OS code and determine whether a behavior that eventually goes away was a mistake or intentional bug to encourage upgrades. However, the price of a new smart phones and the immense profit margin has me wondering.

Judging on the length of time and the progressively degrading behavior of trying to charge my phone, I am afraid this hack is little more than a band aid fix. In the moment, I have had enough of flagship phones acting up after a few years, and will probably purchase at a lower level phone than the flagship model.

DYI – Common Scale Verification Weights You Already Have

If you use a small scale, it is a good idea to occasionally verify the scale. You do not want to cheat yourself, have an angry customer, or have to resend a package because the weight was off. Here are a few simple options you can try out.

If you live in the U.S.A. you can use quarters. Each quarter weighs for all practical purposes .2 ounces. That means there are five quarters to 1 ounce. Every five quarters you add is another ounce. Keep your quarters into a snack size bag and you won’t have to count them out, or be inconvenienced by going to the bank to get quarters.

You May Use Quarters for Weight Scale Verification

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A package of meat from the store will also get you close. All cuts of meat and hamburger meat sold over the counter is weighed for proper pricing. The package of whatever meat you buy will weigh the printed weight. When you are going too use the meat, weigh the meat by itself on a piece of plastic wrap on your scale. If there is no liquid left in the packaging, your scale will be calibrated to the meat market scale. This method also keeps the butcher shop honest.

If you buy prepackaged meat or any other product, there is always a range of weight. A pound of lunch-meat is rarely 10 ounces. Usually it will be somewhere between 15.5 and 16.5 ounces. Same with canned goods, or bottled liquids. The wight they show is part of a range of acceptable weight, usually, but not always no the lighter side of the weight. Because the products are packaged at high speed, the manufacturer wants and overall correct weight, not a precise weight on each item.

If you really want to get exotic, a dry measure cup of table salt weighs about 10.6 ounces. If you use granulated sugar, a dry measure cup weighs about 4 ounces.

If you have a very light weight plastic bottle with a seal-able lid, you can use water to verify your scale. One-quarter cup of water measured correctly is 2 ounces. One cup of water is 8 ounces. Two cups of water is 16 ounces, or one pound.

One last and easiest method, where you do not have to bother with measuring and finding the weight, is after your scale is verified, pick a couple of nick-knacks, piece of unused silverware, glass, coffee mug, or any rarely used household item and weigh it. Write down the item and the weigh. Use a variety of weights depending on your scale. This way when you next go to verify your scales calibration, you will have the items handy, and the weights verified.

Of course if you need ultra precise weights for your scale calibration, you will need to purchase calibrated weights. If you are selling through a web page on the internet, adding an ounce to the shipping weight will be sufficient for almost any calibration verified scale.

Using a little creativity, you will never be surprised to find your online customer had to pay out of pocket for additional shipping because your scale was off, or have a package returned because the postage was not adequate.

Child Neglect Via Shopping Cart

This is a serious post, about behavior that needs to stop. If you prefer not to read negative material, pass on this post.

Child Neglect as defined by Psychology today:

“Child neglect is defined as any confirmed or suspected egregious act or omission by a parent or other caregiver that deprives a child of basic age-appropriate needs and thereby results, or has reasonable potential to result, in physical or psychological harm. Younger children are neglected most, and more girls suffer from neglect than boys.”

The Child Neglect I am seeing in almost every business that has a shopping carts, is Children old enough to walk on their own through the age of preteen, and sometimes older, sitting in shopping cart baskets by their Parent(s directive. I find this practice of placing Children of a reasonable walking age in a shopping cart basket, as lazy parenting, with shades of Child Neglect.

Child Neglect in Public, and it’s getting worse every day

It is disturbing enough to see Toddlers with cell phones jammed in their faces while the Parent(s) shop unbothered about someone else minding their children via the internet. Elementary age Children sitting in shopping cart baskets watching who knows what on a cell phone or a tablet, ignored by the Parent(s). Teen Age Children sitting in shopping cart baskets  is to me, beyond lazy and should be considered Child Neglect.

Our Children according to the Centers for Disease Control has this to say, “In the United States, the percentage of children and adolescents affected by obesity has more than tripled since the 1970s. Data from 2015-2016 show that nearly 1 in 5 school age children and young people (6 to 19 years) in the United States has obesity.”

Parents are teaching their children, sitting is preferred over using their body in any manner reflecting normal movement. Seeing Children in shopping carts is no different than seeing a Child in a Pet Carriers in the grocery store. The only difference is in the moment, one is apparently socially acceptable and the other is not.

Perhaps some of these parents are keeping their children in large Pet Carriers behind the closed doors of their homes? Doing this would really make parenting easier.

No reasonable adult would be quiet seeing a child in in a Pet Carrier. What is the difference between a shopping cart basket and a pet carrier? Nothing, other than one is open and the other is enclosed. Confinement is confinement, whether a Child is placed in shopping cart basket or a pet carrier.

Lazy and/or ignorant Parents are doing this to their Children. How distasteful and lazy to raise your Child to think it is okay for them to sit in a cage. Children don’t know any better, and in the case of the Child in this picture, the Parent is released from Parenting duties. This Child’s Parent(s) were not within thirty feet of the Child in the shopping cart. I did not know who the Parent(s) were!

Parents doing this must feel relieved of responsibility of their Child’s behavior. They probably feel like good parents as their Children are controlled. After all, what can a Child do sitting confined in a shopping cart. Parents doing this should be ashamed of themselves.

I feel this post is incomplete because I am not sure what needs to be done. I have no doubt that some type of action needs to be taken. This abhorrent behavior of keeping Children in Shopping Cart Baskets because it is convenient needs to stop.

Fast and Easy Toilet Bowl Cleaning for Busy People

Just a blip on the easiest and fastest way to clean your toilet. With caveats of course. If you have a family, or a lot of people using your toilet, this may be a method you want to skip. However, if only one or two people use your toilet, you may find this method works really well for you.

Not a lot to it. You should already have everything you need. You will need a pair of chemical resistant gloves, bottle of your favorite bleach, toilet brush, and a cleaning cloth. If there is anything in the toilet bowl except water, you will need to flush the toilet and let it refill.

Fastest and easiest Toilet Cleaning Method

1. Put on the gloves.

2. Pour the recommended amount of bleach into the toilet bowl. You are probably going to add bleach to about a quart of water, so less than 1/4 cup is all you need. You want to clean your toilet, not fumigate the whole house.

3. Wet the rag with the bleach water. Wring out excess bleach water. Wipe down the outside surface of the toilet, starting with the cleanest areas first (tank, seat and lid). If needed, rinse your cleaning cloth in toilet bowl, and wring out. Wipe the outside surface of the toilet bowl.

4. Set the cleaning cloth aside for a moment to pick up the toilet bowl brush. Scrub the inside of the bowl slowly – you don’t want to splash. Wipe up any water on the top of the bowl surface.

5. Flush the toilet. At this point, you can rinse the cleaning cloth in the now clean toilet bowl, or wherever you rinse out your cleaning cloths.

If you have never had cats or dogs in the house, or know someone who does, this might seem like a questionable way to clean your toilet. Every dog and cat that I have have had, frequently drank from the toilet bowl. Cats prefer the smell over stagnant water in there bowl. All of them lived a long, healthy life. The toilet bowl itself doesn’t get too dirty if you stay up with it.

This cleaning method has the advantage, of not having a bucket of bleach water to contend with. Everything is self contained in the toilet bowl. The time savings come from not using a bucket, pouring out the used bleach water into the toilet, flushing the toilet, rinsing the bucket, and putting it to dry.

Okay, the time savings are not ginormous or so it seems. However if you clean your toilet once a week, and save about a minute or so each week, you have about an extra hour in your life for something that makes you happy.

The American Dream is Alive and Well

What happened to the American Dream? Some people today, think the American Dream is dead. The American Dream was something older people have taken away. Something they hoard and refuse to share. Something that can be looked at, but never be a part of.

For all our access to information, young people miss the big picture. With constant access to information, little time seems to be spent reading about how many millionaires and billionaires were self made. Each and every American Dream is earned, not awarded. Generational money does not last long.

If one is ever lucky enough to observe a CEO in action, watching them is really something to see. Most start on their future before entering their teens. They read, study, and create. Some have a real business while in their teens. I like to think one young boy I mentored is going to be among the group who achieves his American Dream.

The boy was nine years old when I was to be his mentor. It was the beginning of October and the weather was turning cool. He lived with his Mother, and if he knew his Father, he never mentioned him. The first few weeks I spent with him, I wondered how a young boy coming from a poor background with so much against him, would ever manage to break out of poverty and a hard life.

Then came Halloween and my perception of him changed almost overnight. Like every kid who’s candy supply is limited by lack of funds and a candy store, he was out tricker-treating with the best of them. He told me he had about three-fourths of bag of candy for his effort.

He also told me he only ate a few pieces himself. He knew all the other kids he knew and could imagine, ate their candy as fast as they could. By the end of the week, all the kids would have a dim memory of Halloween candy or any candy. His candy was hidden away in his room.

The next week, he told me something astounding. He was selling his candy to the kids in his school! He sold the penny candy for five cents; the other candies sold for ten cents to a quarter depending on the candy. The few candy bars he had, he sold for a dollar each.

I was impressed and thought he would spend his money on a bicycle, electronic game (if he even had a game counsel), or something else he wanted. When I asked him what he was going to do with his money, to say I was surprised was putting it mildly. He told me he had bought packets of beer salt, lime flavored, a box of packets. The price worked out to about three cents a lime salt package. To say the least, I could not imagine why he wanted lime salt packets. I was thinking about all the things he could buy.

Then he told me he was selling the lime packets at his school for a quarter a piece. Sales at a quarter a piece were a little slow, so he was thinking of maybe selling them for twenty cents, and was willing to go down to fifteen cents as his schoolmates access to money was limited.

He went along for a number of weeks, until a student turned him in. He told me many of the kids were angry he got busted, as he was their goodies supplier. He tried to be sneakier, but was found out again. He changed his selling hours to before and after school.

I have no doubt that this little boy is a prosperous man now that he is grown, and probably has kids of his own. Which brings me back to being able to observe a CEO. I was fortunate enough to work for a Fortune 100 company. I never had the opportunity to observe a CEO, but we knew about him. His office was no bigger than the other offices in the building he worked out of. If you didn’t know who he was, you would think he was one of many office workers.

The American Dream is live and well, if you really want a part of it.

I was fortunate enough to see our plant manager in action however, or at least the hours he worked. He did not work as part of the company, as far as he was concerned he was in charge of the company, or so it appeared. When I worked afternoons and evenings, it was not unusual to see him at eight or nine o’clock in the evening, touring his little empire, observing and talking to low level employees.

When I went to day shift, he was onsite and wandering around at six o’clock in the morning, before most employees were even on site. When I came in on my days off, he was there. Seven days a week, sometime sixteen hours a day, this man was working. Not many people have that kind of drive, even though the payoff is huge, if money is your motivator.

He was probably worth several millions of dollars. He could do anything he wanted to do, yet he chose to spend his life working and growing his little section of a big company empire. Work was his life, there were days when I thought he would work for free. Then he hit fifty, retired and dipped his toes into a world he knew little of, everyday life. His kids were going to college, and he was just starting to be a family man.

The American Dream killer is – few people are willing to make the sacrifice and put in the work. It is easier to believe the dream is dead. There is face saving in believing the American Dream is dead. Blame society because one lacks the initiative to work harder than others for a greater reward. Blame the rich, though many of the rich started with little, and created their own slice of the American Dream.

Looking at most of the wealthiest people alive today, and for the last hundred years, many share one common trait. They had a lucky break, but they worked harder and longer than anyone they knew to be successful. The American Dream is out there for everyone. All anyone has to do is want it, work for it, and dream it – to the extreme. What is your Dream and how does it compare to those who made theirs a reality?