New Section: Things to Avoid

4 06 2007

I have created a new section on this site for things/experiences that i have done/experienced/seen/hear about/hurt while doing something else that i feel that people should be warned about.

This idea came to me while looking for something to watch on TV. My father offered me a ‘Pera Criolla’ for me to taste them (evil grin on his face)… now that’s what i call a wicked taste. At the same time, they began showing an old Michael Jackson movie on TV… The Dude must have something against me, i tell you.

Anyways, feel free to provide any additions to the list in the comments section of said page.

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WCX_Hammer is back!

18 05 2007

I finally received my new digitizer from pdaparts.com, and went on to replace my trusty Palm TX’s digitizer that was failing in very bad ways. I don’t have pictures of the procedure, since I was very busy sweating and being overall worried about my beloved Palm.

But here she is, fully recovered:

Palm TX - PostOp

The glass digitizer that i bought is actually better than the one that came with the palm from the factory (which was plastic, the new one is glass baby), i can now use the Notepad app and have my terrible handwriting somewhat easier to understand:

Palm TX - Notepad

Many of you will ask:

  1. “Why didn’t you take it somewhere to get it repaired?”
  2. “Did you lose your warranty?”
  3. “Are you crazy?”

Of course, the answer to number 3 is: “YES!”, number 2 is: “What warranty? Do people in DR understand such a concept?” and number 1 can be answered as:

Do you really think i’m gonna place my favorite gadget in the hands of a monkey from some repairing place in order for him to charge me a whole lot of money and not solve my problem or make it worse??

Taking important stuff to a repairshop in this country is like trying to solve a crossword puzzle with a hammer… you can try, but it’s not very efficient and you can destroy the puzzle if you do it wrong. They don’t even bother disassembling the device to actually check what’s wrong, they just name the same problem you told them you have and charge you. Then they tell you to leave the device and come back in 1-2 weeks.

You wait the 2 weeks, and then call. They tell you that Pedrito (the technician) is not there and will not be there until [insert hour of the day after 6pm], and that you will need to wait for tomorrow. You say “ok”, and then wait another long day. Rinse and repeat for 2-3 times, depending on the person. When you finally manage to hunt Pedrito down, he will tell you that he hasn’t been able to look at the problem yet, but that he is “working hard” on resolving it.

Now you have 2 choices:

  1. You blow up and take your device from the store, pay any charges for [null] work. Then repeat the process at another repairshop.
  2. You wait until Pedrito decides to solve your problem.

Now, if your problem is simple enough, Pedrito may be able to solve it. He may replace some pieces of the thing you are fixing. Don’t ever ask to see the original pieces he replaced. It will piss Pedrito off and will likely keep you waiting some more hours while Pedrito dissassembles another machine in order to show you how bad the pieces were (he probably took out some other perfectly working pieces of your device without telling you, in order to scam another customer).

Now you pay [insert a huge undeserved amount of money] and get out for the store. Your device may work for more than a week, or… not. Then you repeat the cycle again and again, and again… until you buy another device and it breaks down again.

THAT is why you never see me going to repairshops or the like. This turns me into a DIY kind of guy, since i prefer to do these kinds of things myself or ask my father for help, as he has a similar obsession. I have never had a problem or new expensive paperweights so far.

For good measure, here is my Palm doing what you Zune users should have been able to do a long, long time ago and me playing Bejeweled2 (great game):

WCX_Hammer-THE EDGEWCX_Hammer-Bejeweled2