I was at a client’s place about a week ago, trying to connect up a Polycom RealPresence 500 when I came across the remote control that had a flat battery. The RealPresence group is shown above and as you can see the remote control is very slim. The battery has a very unique charging system, and very innovative. All you have to do is to unplug it and when the battery is removed from the remote, you can see that it “interfaces” with the remote via a USB connection. What you do after that is simply to plug the battery into a USB charger like so:
My only gripe is that it took some time to charge this battery, beside the charger being a fast charger. But charged in the end it was and I was able to do my work. I must say that this idea of a removable battery is a brilliant idea. Why aren’t other manufacturers doing this?
My office gave me this HP EliteBook 2560p and I am very happy with it. Ever since I changed to an SSD drive, I am even more happy with it. It does not matter that the size of the SSD is only 80Gb…it starts up in a flash (literally) and the battery lasts for quite some time. But there is a limit as to how long this battery lasts. So I am looking online for a battery to replace this one when it croaks. I have come across some compatible ones and indeed, I have bought some compatible batteries for my various mobile phones but batteries for laptops, they are a whole different story. I have heard some horror stories of batteries made in China that exploded and I cannot afford for that to happen. Just the other week, I had a power cable smoking and about to catch fire. I was lucky I spotted it in time or else I do not know what would happen. But the problem is that this notebook is an obsolete model so finding parts for it, in this case batteries, may be a bit of an uphill task.
I have been using this Xiaomi 16000 mAH battery bank for some time now. It replaces my old powerbank that got lost somehow. I blame the loss on my own carelessness and laziness to keep it away after using it. So I went online and ordered this new Xiaomi one. One thing I can say about this powerbank and that it really takes a long time to charge but I can charge my new Xiaomi Redmi 2 up to 4 times with this powerbank! This is some powerbank I tell you, being able to do that. It is a lot bigger than my old powerbank but I dare say it is built better. It is also a little heavier but heck, for what it is able to do and how it is able to charge, I will take that anyday. So go get one. They are relatively inexpensive and they last. I am very happy with it and I consider it a worthy buy
My Motorola Defy is five years old this year, still running on Android 2.2 and I might add, still going strong. I love this phone because for one, it is a rock solid phone and still ticking. This phone has outlived all the batteries that I bought for it and like I said, it is still ticking, acting as the backup phone for my wife. So I went online and bought this battery because I want to give my phone more “mileage” This battery cost me all of US$12 but it came promptly and so far, seems to be doing well. I had to spend several days making sure that it was well and truly discharged before I charged it up. It is a habit of mine with new batteries…you have to totally discharge them and then you charge them for a greater part of 10 hours. Then you start the total discharge cycle once again. You have to do three charge and discharge cycles. This is to prepare the battery…to make it “learn”
In any case, I have a further use of this phone. My prepaid card is on the 2G network and in 2017, Singapore will stop all 2G services. I will have to get my prepaid card changed to a 3G one and thus, this phone will house my newly-minted 3G prepaid card. Thanks Motorola. I have said it before and I will say it again…I love your phones.
These CR2032 3V batteries are the batteries that are used for BIOS (Basic Input Output System) of most computers. The BIOS is a type of firmware used to perform hardware initialization during the booting process (power-on startup) on IBM PC compatible computers, and to provide runtime services for operating systems and programs. The BIOS firmware is built into personal computers (PCs), and it is the first software they run when powered on. When the BIOS batteries run out, that is when your computer loses its system time, or even loses the settings like the hard drive type, model and etcetera. Try to change the BIOS battery in your computers every year at least. I know I speak like I do but I do not…but I am going to do so from now on.
There is a hoax going round, stating that Samsung has a chip on your battery and is stealing your information. Even the guy in the video above was pranked, for the very same reason. Folks, it’s a hoax. Pure and simple. That so-called chip is in fact an antenna. The real NFC chip is in your phone. By stripping out that antenna you are in fact stripping out NFC from your phone! And in case you all are wondering what NFC is, it stands for Near Field Communication and this explanation from Wikipedia nails it:
Near field communication (NFC) is a set of ideas and technology that enables smartphones and other devices to establish radio communication with each other by touching the devices together or bringing them into proximity to a distance of typically 10 cm (3.9 in) or less.
So there you have it. Do some research in the future before you all believe any of that crap on the internet
I have posted before, in a previous post, that I have a Lenovo Thinkpad x61 notebook computer that is getting on in years. So before it starts giving me issues with system time, I need to give it a new battery…a new CMOS battery that is. You can get one of these batteries fairly cheap on online site s and have it shipped to you. This is what it looks like above. The only thing I am not too chuffed about is the hoops I have to jump through to install it. Yes…I have to open the whole notebook to put in the new battery. That is going to be fun…NOT!