Saturday, March 14, 2009

Electricity works in mysterious ways:

We have four cordless phones that communicate with a “base” connected to our landline. Each phone can sit in a cradle to recharge. One of the four phones was not recharging. I suspected the battery, but before ordering four more batts (they are likely to all fail at about the same time), I had to troubleshoot the problem.

I moved the bad phone to a different cradle. It did not recharge. I took out the battery for a day and let the phone completely discharge. Then I put the battery back in and tried to recharge the phone. No luck. As a final step, I took the battery out of this phone and another one. I swapped batteries between the two phones and tried to recharge them both.

The phones both recharged and are working fine now. What's the first baseman's name?

(Seriously, except for that joke at the end, I'm not making this up.)

3 comments:

Martin Langeland said...

No, Who's on first.
Must be spring.

I recently had cause (one hand set stopped charging) to attempt to combine two wireless phone systems from the same manufacturer. Though the phones worked together, one charger unit promptly died. So now we have two base units and two handsets which have to be swapped regularly to one base unit for recharging.

Labor saving devices do not save labor because we choose to raise standards to consume the savings. That is why the washing machine destroyed the market for Gents best celluloid collars and stuffed your closet with all those shirts.
--ml

Remember that 3/17 is held as a day of morning by all reptiles.

The Precision Blogger said...

Martin,
Why is 3/17 as a day of morning by all reptiles?
Is it the Ides of Mouse?
Or do they just wake up early and notice that it's morning?
-PB

Martin Langeland said...

Surely you've heard tell of that terrible day of execution wrought on poor innocent (non-slimy) snakes by a certain fanatic who banished the critturs from a quondam green isle well before the potato ever blossomed on its shores?
--ml