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iBrick

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So I bricked my phone last week.  

For some months my phone battery has been having *issues*.  Mostly turning off when it still had reported charge left on the battery.  You'd connect it to power and it would instantly come back with like 30% or 40% or even the nearly 100% one time.  Alternatively it would drop right down to 1% and then stay there for hours.

So last week it had been at 1% for hours then finally died.  But when I plugged it in, it didn't come good.  It just sat there saying the battery was flat.

iPhone flat battery

I left it charging overnight, but sadly in the morning it was doing just that, and wouldn't turn on.

Uh oh.

So I thought I'd bite the bullet and get a new battery for it that day.  Except I needed the phone in the morning for work.  So I tried doing what I'd seen suggested in various places on the internet - warm the battery up.  I stuck the phone behind a storage unit power supply and left it warming up for five minutes.  Plugged it in and it worked!  Turned on with 82% battery.  Go fricken figure.  

It did the same thing twice more last week and I was able to resurrect it, but it's clearly time to either 1) get a new battery or 2) get a new phone.

Getting a new battery is certainly cheaper - @CLBradley recently got a new one for his daughter's phone for $55 and it's been fine ever since.  But I have been struggling for a while with this phone.  It's been *full* in forever, and I have constantly delete photos to clear space.  I certainly don't have room for music.  Also it's struggled ever since going from IOS 6 to IOS 9.  It's just laggy and annoying and a better processor would be a plus.  There's also the dilemma of whether to buy it outright or get locked into a contract.  I've been complaining about Optus' crappy service for years, but at least it only costs me $30/month for 1.5GB data (which I only use about half of that a month) *and* I get a second sim (actually you can have up to 5 sims on one plan) for nothing.

So in the end I decided a new phone would be in order.  The old one is nearly four years old after all.

But now for the next dilemma.  What to get.

For ages I was never interested in the 6 because they were so much bigger.  Being a girl I get jeans with completely useless girly pockets which are barely big enough to hold the current phone.  Anything bigger just wouldn't fit in my pockets.  Then Apple brought out the 6 SE which was the same size as my current phone.  So if I was going to get a new phone, that was likely what I'd get.  Even with the battery issues of cramming all that stuff into a smaller space with a smaller battery (so I heard).

Except.

The iPhone 7 is due out in the not too distant future.  I could try and hold out long enough for that.

But.

I could wait all that time and find they don't have a small version anyway.  So I'd have waited all that time and then not been able to get what I wanted.

Although it could mean getting a 6 SE a bit cheaper..

It's all too hard, so I'll probably end up doing nothing except complaining about my phone dying all the time.

Beyond

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Star Trek BeyondOn Saturday night we went to see Star Trek: Beyond.

A massive CGI-fest followed.

It was all very pretty and all, but the whole thing felt a bit ..

Silly..

Stu thought the bad guy's motives were a little weak.

I just kept seeing other movies.

Like Star Trek Generations.

And Star Trek IV.

And that scene from Mars Attacks.  You know the one I mean.

Jaylah was pretty cool though.  And they were pretty brave giving Sulu a husband.  Obviously a nod to George Takei, although he apparently wasn't happy about the idea.  And they paid homage to Leonard Nimoy's passing as well which was nice.

ASTRA

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So we finished watching the Homeland episodes available so far, and we've started watching Star Trek: The Original Series.  Prompted me to go hunting ASTRA again (the Australian Star Trek Ratings Analysis).  I posted a few ten years ago that they'd merged into GEOS.tv, but that site appears to have died.

So here's how the episodes rated as of 1 August 1995, from aus.sf.star-trek

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Newsgroups: aus.sf.star-trek
Subject: RESULTS: [TOS] Episode List 95.8
From: astra@gu.uwa.edu.au (ASTRA)
Date: Tue, 01 Aug 1995 10:56:13 +0800

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A * S * T * R * A
Australian Star Trek Ratings Analysis
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STAR TREK: The Original Series
Episode List

01 August 1995


Figures are: <Rating> <Voters> <Std Dev> <Title> <Season>

8.4 (35) 1.74 The City on the Edge of Forever <S1>
8.3 (31) 0.96 Mirror, Mirror <S2>
7.9 (32) 1.42 The Trouble with Tribbles <S2>
7.6 (28) 1.48 Amok Time <S2>
7.6 (30) 1.34 The Devil in the Dark <S1>
7.4 (18) 1.24 Balance of Terror <S1>
7.2 (23) 1.88 The Doomsday Machine <S2>
7.2 (3) 0.85 All Our Yesterdays <S3>
7.2 (3) 2.25 A Piece of the Action <S2>
7.0 (2) 2.00 Is There in Truth No Beauty? <S3>
7.0 (26) 1.79 Operation: Annihilate <S1>
6.9 (30) 1.85 Space Seed <S1>
6.8 (27) 1.78 Tomorrow Is Yesterday <S1>
6.8 (30) 1.36 A Taste of Armageddon <S1>
6.8 (23) 1.41 Bread and Circuses <S2>
6.7 (21) 1.54 The Changeling <S2>
6.7 (30) 1.04 Errand of Mercy <S1>
6.6 (16) 1.90 Court-Martial <S1>
6.6 (25) 1.43 Metamorphosis <S2>
6.6 (24) 1.56 The Galileo Seven <S1>
6.5 (31) 1.45 This Side of Paradise <S1>
6.5 (21) 1.63 The Menagerie I <S1>
6.5 (24) 1.26 The Deadly Years <S2>
6.5 (3) 3.34 The Enterprise Incident <S3>
6.2 (24) 1.81 Arena <S1>
6.2 (23) 1.83 I, Mudd <S2>
6.2 (17) 1.84 The Menagerie II <S1>
6.2 (19) 1.49 The Conscience of the King <S1>
6.2 (31) 1.72 Shore Leave <S1>
6.1 (19) 1.30 The Naked Time <S1>
6.0 (3) 2.16 Journey to Babel <S2>
6.0 (3) 0.00 Assignment: Earth <S2>
6.0 (2) 0.00 Let That Be Your Last Battlefield <S3>
6.0 (26) 1.61 The Return of the Archons <S1>
6.0 (23) 1.86 Wolf in the Fold <S2>
6.0 (11) 1.42 The Cage <S1>
5.9 (27) 1.81 Who Mourns for Adonais <S2>
5.9 (27) 1.33 Friday's Child <S2>
5.9 (18) 1.91 Dagger of the Mind <S1>
5.8 (3) 1.43 Return to Tomorrow <S2>
5.8 (19) 2.50 The Squire of Gothos <S1>
5.8 (19) 1.88 Miri <S1>
5.7 (16) 1.29 Where No Man Has Gone Before <S1>
5.7 (3) 2.62 The Ultimate Computer <S2>
5.7 (3) 1.70 The Immunity Syndrome <S2>
5.7 (3) 2.62 By Any Other Name <S2>
5.5 (26) 2.18 The Apple <S2>
5.3 (3) 1.70 Elaan of Troyius <S3>
5.3 (3) 1.70 Obsession <S2>
5.3 (29) 2.03 Catspaw <S2>
5.3 (4) 2.38 The Tholian Web <S3>
5.2 (19) 1.46 The Man Trap <S1>
5.2 (20) 1.41 Charlie X <S1>
5.2 (3) 0.24 The Empath <S3>
4.9 (19) 1.90 The Corbomite Maneuver <S1>
4.9 (21) 1.83 Mudd's Women <S1>
4.9 (23) 2.07 The Enemy Within <S1>
4.9 (23) 2.22 The Alternative Factor <S1>
4.9 (19) 1.68 What Are Little Girls Made Of? <S1>
4.7 (3) 1.25 Whom Gods Destroy <S3>
4.7 (3) 1.25 The Savage Curtain <S3>
4.7 (3) 1.89 The Paradise Syndrome <S3>
4.5 (3) 1.47 Specter of the Gun <S3>
4.5 (3) 1.47 A Private Little War <S2>
4.5 (2) 0.50 Wink of an Eye <S3>
4.5 (2) 2.50 That Which Survives <S3>
4.5 (2) 1.50 Requiem for Methuselah <S3>
4.5 (2) 2.50 For the World Is Hollow.... <S3>
4.5 (2) 2.50 The Mark of Gideon <S3>
4.3 (3) 2.05 The Gamesters of Triskelion <S2>
4.2 (3) 1.65 Turnabout Intruder <S3>
3.8 (3) 2.09 Plato's Stepchildren <S3>
3.5 (2) 0.50 Day of the Dove <S3>
3.5 (2) 1.50 The Lights of Zetar <S3>
3.3 (3) 1.25 Patterns of Force <S2>
3.0 (3) 1.41 The Omega Glory <S2>
2.7 (3) 1.25 And the Children Shall Lead <S3>
2.5 (2) 0.50 The Cloud Minders <S3>
2.5 (2) 0.50 The Way to Eden <S3>
1.5 (2) 0.50 Spock's Brain <S3>

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