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October 11, 2005 at 9:20 am #382brienMember
I just wanted to warn anybody coming to the Ice, and particularly Pole that IPods have been crashing all winter long. I’ll try to get some firm numbers, but with mine yesterday, we’ve lost about half the IPods up here from crashes. I bought mine before station closing in February. I’d recommend MP3 CD players for Pole if you’re coming. Any thoughts anyone?
P/S other devices that use LCD screens are very susceptible to freezing (may seem obvious, but most people don’t think about it.)
-BrienOctober 11, 2005 at 12:01 pm #2786
I haven’t heard of anyone losing an IPOD at MCM. Still it wouldn’t be a good idea to let it freeze. I used my RIO while grooming the ice roads here for a few days and didn’t have any problem, although it really wasn’t that cold in the cab. What I do wonder about is the batteries in the IPOD in the cold. Do they go dead pretty fast?
My RIO mp3 player uses regular batteries so I can pop a new one in anytime.
MikeOctober 11, 2005 at 7:24 pm #2787SciencetechKeymaster
Perhaps the iPods have small disk drives that are suseptible to failure? Static and dry air at the pole kills HDs all the time, and having a hard drive floating around in your pocket is just asking for it.
Flash-based MP3 players should be more robust.
gOctober 12, 2005 at 1:04 am #2788
So far this year I have heard of 4 IPODs crashing, last year 27 died here. I heard a janitor talking about adjusting her earbud when she touched a doorhandle, the ststic discharge made teh bud crack and teh battery was toast. I am not sure about the ones last year but I think it was teh cold that killed them, this year has been very warm thuogh and I am sure teh static is breaking components inside teh boards and such.
Be careful about handling them and they should last a little longer, the longer lasting ones are usually found in offices as they are plugged into the comps and left whereas teh ones on the move tend to die more.
Lucky.October 25, 2005 at 12:57 am #2789HunterReavesMember
… and the ones that die most quickly are the ones in the dish and/or pot rooms, run by the DAs. Though these of course have the best music as well.
HunterOctober 28, 2005 at 5:22 pm #2790
Very true Hunter, its the change from humid to arrid and back again that seems to cause the troubles with the ones in the galley. Funny thing is that few other MP3 players seem to have problems here, I have seen Sony Rios and a few other types and the only ones I hear of are the IPods, it may be simply because of the numbers of IPods here that they are so often heard about though and not because they are faulty. I would suggest the covers to keep static down as well as protect them from falls and impacts.
You still in NY Hunter? You were writing for a travel brochure right? Hope things are going well for you and you are enjoying yourself.
Lucky.October 31, 2005 at 5:06 am #2791
Lorie and I both have Rio’s and recommend them highly if you can deal with a flash card mp3 player. I just heard on the radio today that RIO was sold to a japanese company and the brand will be discontinued. Darn.
MikeNovember 3, 2005 at 5:14 pm #2792HunterReavesMember
Hello Lucky & Mike –
How are you both? Well, I hope. Mike, you’re gone from the Ice right now, right? And Lucky, you’re back at MacTown, yes? Are you living in Cal? Hope so – it’d be a shame for that dorm to lose the Irishman tradition.
Anyway, Luck, real quick: you should seek out and say hello to my friend Erin (a guy), who’s working as an Ops GA this season. He’s the brother of my girlfriend in high school and a great guy.
As for me, yes, I’m in New York, enjoying the city and trying to further my publishing career – I’m currently in contention for two travel editorial jobs which would be big jumps, salary- and responsibility-wise, for me. So wish me well.
All my best, and send HoCal my love,
HunterNovember 7, 2005 at 1:34 pm #2793
Good to hear that things are going well for you bud. I am of course back in Cal and across from the lounge and already attained the name Dorm Daddy and Mayor of Cal. Terrible to love a place so much to suffer such insults of responsibility, haha.
Cal shall have to learn to do without me from this year though, last year at last. Shall see where teh winds bolw me next but I shall try to keep in touch and as always, I wish you every success in all endevours old friend.
Lucky.November 7, 2005 at 7:39 pm #2794
Sounds great Hunter. Hope you get the job.
Lorie and I are in Port Hueneme , Ca. helping do receiving for the USAP program. It’s interesting to see the other side. We’ll be here through December. Medical has flagged me again for different items. Every year it’s something different, never to occur again. This time high glucose levels. I have to go to a doctor today to get it checked further. The EKG also showed a change so they want me to see a cardiologist as well. I remember the electrodes kept falling off during the first one. I’m hoping that might be the problem.
Lucky, at some point you will have to try a winter. Do the 6 month contract from Feb to August. That should keep you in the good graces of the Immies.
Nothing like a good aurora to cheer you up.
MikeNovember 9, 2005 at 1:26 am #2795MightyAtlasModerator
Yo, Mike —
Don’t worry – I’m pretty sure it’s just the residual effect of the alien probing that was done to us over the winter.
Little green bastards…
Enjoy Port Who-Needs-Me. Hope to see you back here in Jan., or Feb. (as I’m waving good-bye).
aNovember 9, 2005 at 8:01 pm #2796
It could be the aliens, I hadn’t thought of that. You know they erase your memory. Mostly I think the cold affects more than Ipods. Those darn bakers and the deserts are probably the problem. You got to admit that eating in the galley is like going to a good desert resturant. Baklava, lemon bars, chocolate mouse concoctions, not to mention wednesday cookie day with the Mexican wedding cookies.
I think I got suckered into too many sweets for my age. Time to drop back. I went for another test monday, we’ll see if a month of healthy eating has changed things.
I’m due in Mid Jan so should see you. No more winters? You were a good computer tech.
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