Category Archives: EVENTS



Though I have not written much lately, I do have to mention my iPhone XR lock out and SOS EMERGENCY “feature”. THANK JONNY IVES for this stupid battery procedure of glueing batteries into iPhones and laptops since 2012. Glad he has quit Apple (note: I have no fondness for him AT ALL).

At 1:07 am this morning my XR

….sent out SOS EMERGENCY calls to my emergency contacts list! FIVE people (and 911) got an alert in the middle of the night. Phone was completely locked, burton’s did nothing, could not access or restart. I could not even answer the phone when 911 tried to call me. While a nice feature, getting the damn phone to turn OFF might be a higher priority, than a damn thin-ass phone!My brother had a heart attack and bypass surgery a week ago, so all of the people on my list have been on high alert since. Might be upsetting to get an alert that I had moved and had a critical health situation evolving.

I am old, so I suffer many ailments as I get older. Consequently, I am awake at odd hours. Unlike most of my “peers”, I should know every in and out of Apple iPhone use. I take them apart for GRINS and to figure out or replace parts (like a screen or battery).
I’ve stopped doing battery replacements for clients iPhones. Turns out to be a fairly dangerous process to change batteries in a 2014 15″ MacBook Pro. I discovered about Apple’s glued-in batteries. “THEY SUCK”!!!

You see, thanks to Sir Ives obsession with “thinness” Apple glues the batteries into laptops and most of their products, since 2012, I think. I bought the replacement battery. Then discovered it was bonded to the chassis. Many of you can remember when we could swap batteries? I have access to Apple Online tech support, Buy I really had to dig to find the info about the darn batteries.

WHAT a pain in the butt.

So why is it such a pain? the claim for the Lithium battery is that they don’t get a “memory” whereas repeated charging lowers the battery units ability to hold a charge at least until they start to wear out, but Catcha-22 there is no zero charge! so you have to slide something thin under the battery, to release the adhesive. And it’s friggin’ strong stuff.

Wound up creating my own wooden non-conductive pries from a tongue depressor like doctors use. Metal strong and sharp enough might puncture the cells of the battery. The batteries are actually six varied rectangular sized pieces wired together. Yes, lithium is highly explosive, and can catch fire, even in a highly depleted electrical charged state. So a puncture battery is bad and can short to the chassis while attempting removal. This is one project definitely not in DIY territory!

Magnetic Power Connections



Not just for Power connection, really applies to all ports.

This was really bad of me for not checking more regularly. I don’t do much field work any more, or really go anywhere much less lugging a laptop.

Shorted out a new power-brick by not checking the port before connecting. I found out that the magnetic port had picked up some tiny metal particles causing the port to short and fry the supply. You can see the one darkened pin. Finally had to get some plastic tweezers, and pluck the 6 particles from port. Suppose I should have taken a “before” photo but realizing what they were I became worried they might further damage the machine.

So how’d they Get there!

Took the computer into the workshop and set it on the work bench. Pretty good about keeping a clean workbench (right). Must have been some filings on the bench the magnet of the port must have grabbed.

Fortunately for me, it didn’t fry the 15″ MacBook Pro. It is my only laptop at tge moment. Suppose I better start snooping around for something newer. So I suppose this is just a heads up to always check plugs and ports before connecting. Cost me at least one, possibly two power supplies.

iPad-The Toughest Repair

My grandkids iPad 2 got dropped and shattered the screen. iPad is the nastiest repair if it has a broken or a shattered screen. The screen is adhered by sticky tape which has to be carefully lifted with pry tools that look like guitar picks. Those were included with the screen kit. Finally had to resort to a razor blade to lift the shattered pieces which sent shreds flying all over my desk, even though I put packaging tape over the entire screen. 

Care must be taken not to go in to far with the blade. I did in one area, and cut the Wifi cable loose from it’s card. Wifi board was only $5.00 to replace and the screen was $60.00. Altogether put in about 3 hours, really taking my time. Final stage was to clean the display digitizer which was not damaged, and get free from any dust, then a few drops of crazy glue in loose areas.  Not a repair for the faint hearted. It was very messy and I am still finding tiny glass chards around my repair desk.