[maemo-users] damaged power connecter

From: hendrik at topoi.pooq.com hendrik at topoi.pooq.com
Date: Wed Feb 18 18:08:05 EET 2009
On Wed, Feb 18, 2009 at 04:55:00PM +0000, Matt Emson wrote:
> Fernando Cassia wrote:
> > Which shows  "newer" is not always "better"... anyone remembers the
> > good old PalmPilot cradles?
> >
> > Not only were those rock-solid, but also it  was impossible to break
> > any connectors by pulling hard or by tripping on wires.... it'd just
> > unplug itself without any damage.
> Um... showing my age here, but I almost killed myself by tripping over a 
> Palm Pilot Pro serial cable... it broke. The serial cables were designed 
> to be screwed in to the serial port. In the fight between my foot and 
> the cable, the serial connector sheared off. Luckily, the device flew 
> out of the cradle and landed on the carpet face up, else that would have 
> been toast too. The serial cradles also didn't charge the device, though 
> the Palm Pilot Pro use 2 x AAA batteries, so it wasn't hard to keep it 
> running :-) Them was the days!!

AAA batteries.  You can take them out, put them in, easily buy them in 
most areas of the world, stop worrying about power-line compatibility, 
and if you happen to be at home, recharge them.

A lost art in modern technology.

My alphasmart keyboard with internal word-proccessor runs for nine 
months on one set of three AA  batteries.  They sell a recharger that 
you install in the Alphasmart for use with rechargeable batteries, but 
why bother?

-- hendrik

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