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A couple of months ago I bought a D-link DNS-323 RAID to add to my multimedia configuration. Essentially it’s a box that houses 2 hard drives, and connects to the XBox 360 to serve music, movies, TV shows, and whatever other media content I want. I can watch things on my big TV. I can connect to it wirelessly to add/remove content. My roomie can even stream from it to his laptop upstairs if he wants. It was the solution for my ever increasing storage needs. Only one problem… I was very slow in actually putting it together. I took it out of the box, looked at it, and then set it back down.
Flash forward to the present, and I can’t find the $%^&*()_ power adapter for it! Now that I think back, I think that there’s a very good chance that I either chucked the cord out, or sent it back with the kids. I distinctly remember a day that I was looking at an usual power cord, wondering what it was for… it didn’t seem to fit anything that I was using… and I completely forgot about the D-Link sitting on the shelf.
Yes, I’ve looked around… I’ve even looked in the other house… I can’t find the damn thing. I wasn’t really too worried since I figured that I could just order one on EBay… yeah, good luck with that. I can’t find one anywhere. I’ve written D-link support, but I’m not holding my breath.
This might have just been the worst $200 that I’ve ever spent.
Isn’t it ironic, as Alanis Morrissette would say… only last night I was commenting how much I love my iPhone, how I wish that I had bought it sooner, and how I would cry if the day came that it broke…
That was less than 12 hours ago…
I’ve known about the protective covers that you can get for these things. Not the gaudy cases, but the ultra thin, see-through, don’t even know that it’s there, impenetrable bullet-stopping coverings like InvisibleShield. Hell, I even looked into their affiliate program a full 2 years BEFORE I bought my iPhone because of all the hype that they were getting. I considered selling these things!
So you know where I’m going with this… oh yes…
Driving by the bank today, and I thought “I’ll do something nice, and stop and pick something up that I know is waiting there.. I’ll save someone the trouble of having to do it. It’s not my responsibility, but I’m right here. I’ll be the nice guy.”
Remember what they say about nice guys?
I took one step out of the car, and heard something fall. I looked down. The iPhone was laying perfectly face down on the pavement. It’s like when you drop your piece of toast in the kitchen and it somehow always manages to fall with the peanut butter and jam side down. Never up. You can never just pick it up, marvel at how lucky you were, wipe off whatever might be on it (5 second rule!) and go on with your breakfast… no, it always lands face down, and you have to throw it out, and wipe peanut butter and jam goo off the floor. Same thing today. Face down.
Ever see a grown man start to bawl in the parking lot when he slowly turns over his brand new, overly-priced cellphone and sees nothing but sharp-edged cracks covering its once beautiful surface? It’s not a pretty sight.
It is still functioning, although it’s only a matter of time before I slice my finger open, especially during the “Slide to Unlock” phase of usage. My finger has to go right across several raised edges. Can’t wait for that to happen.
So what are my options? In the short-term, I’m considering putting some form of adhesive cover over it, but I haven’t looked yet to see what’s out there. At the very least I am going to have to get one of those gaudy cases that I talked about at the beginning of this post.
And maybe try to hold onto my phone a little better!