I Found My Old Phones!

So, I’d used my old Camelbak backpack for clothing and just about everything else during my years on the road in a semi truck. With that life firmly in my past, I finally got around to going through my old backpack which is when I found these old phones. The iPhone 4 was my first smartphone and the iPhone 6 replaced it a few years later. Both were subsequently succeeded by my iPhone 8+ which is what I’m still using.

The iPhone 4 is a 3G CDMA phone, so it’s never going to get back on a cellular network as 3G is being deactivated across the USA later this year, but it still works on WiFi. The iPhone 6 is still a viable backup device. Both needed new batteries and the iPhone 6 needed a new screen. I purchased all the parts for a total of around $35 on eBay and replaced them with YouTube videos serving as instructions.

Both of these old phones are now back in good working condition and it’s fun to use them and think of how much things have changed in personal tech over the last few years.

Cyber Issues – Upgrading Old Hardware

So, I’ve gotten by with a couple of cheap 8″ Samsung Galaxy Tab A tablets and an iPhone 8+ as my tools for interacting on the web for the last few years. I had a laptop for a little while, but let’s just say something bad happened to it while it was on my truck. This isn’t exactly optimal.

There is one other computer that I hadn’t mentioned yet though. It’s my old tower/desktop that’s quite old. I can’t remember exactly how old it is, but I think it’s somewhere around 10-12 years old. I’m not planning on doing anything extreme with it – Just pulling pics off of SD cards, light photo editing, email, surfing the web, and blogging. None of that requires the latest and greatest, bleeding edge, gold plated computing marvel. That said, look up above at the pics in this post and you’ll see that there’s plenty of room for imrovement.

And speaking of improvement, there’s a lot of that happening right now. The hard drive and RAM are being upgraded. The operating system might be upgraded as well.

I’ll have updates on everything soon!

Recent Fun at Work

So, I work as a classroom technician at a college in central Utah. It’s a bit of a change from trucking LOL! My job entails quite a diverse set of tasks.

I’ve only been here for about six months now and I’m still learning a lot. I was assigned to swap out a whole bunch of equipment in one of the classrooms for new equipment and to do some cable management. I’m including before and after pics below 😉

So, we got rid of an entire rack of older equipment, we simplified everything, we got the wiring sorted and tamed, and everything will be much easier to work on in the future. Things are looking up 😎