Fat Batt


My phone is a Samsung Galaxy S4 Active. I bought it as a refurb and it came with two batteries. I shipped one with the old S4 phone when I sold it and kept the original battery from that phone. The battery on the right is that battery. Back in the summer the phone started losing its fatbattcharge more quickly. So I decided to change the battery. I’m starting to think the problem back then was some app that was updating too often. Everything seemed to be okay until about a month ago. I noticed the phone still plugged in and charging but only showing 97 or 98 percent. Then yesterday the display showed 50% when I walked into a restaurant and after watching a 3 minute YouTube video the phone shut down. I plugged it in when I got to my car and it seemed to recharge faster than normal. Then later, off the charger, the phone dropped rapidly to 60% and shut down. When I got home last night I took the battery out of the phone. I noticed it was swollen. I had heard of this problem with a friend’s iPhone 5S. Customers cannot change the battery in that phone, just as we can’t in the newer Samsung and many other brands. I had the old battery here, so I put it in the phone and charged it. I will probably keep this phone a while longer, so I’ll order another battery in a couple of months and see how it performs.

Unsolicited bad grammar


This is old news now, and Candidate Rubio’s grammar isn’t the issue. It’s actually a comedic distraction. Everyone who cares about grammar and usage, myself included, tried to correct and make fun of him instead of looking at the substance of what he said.

I’m not sure whether guidance counselors should hand graduating seniors a crystal ball or a magic 8-ball for picking out what they want to do after high school. Whether the boy or girl goes to Rubio Grammar 640community college, a university, vocational training, and/or bounces from job to job until he or she finds something that is a ‘good fit’…whatever they do, you cannot predict future job prospects.

The needs of any industry can change in a few months. Technological advances are being adopted faster and faster. Your vocational curricula could change directions before you complete your certifications. You have no control over that. However you can control how you respond to it.

I worked at a newspaper for nearly 20 years. During that time we went from cutting type out of sheets of velox paper, a job that did not require computer skills, to everyone having to learn to use a mouse. This was a major shift in technology and process, and valued skillsets became obsolete.

Why then are politicians pontificating as to what career choices people should make? Mr. Rubio’s ability to guess about the future of careers and industry is just as good or bad as everyone else’s. In other words, he doesn’t have a clue either.

I wouldn’t presume to tell you what career to pursue. That is for you to decide. What we need are conscious, thinking people who value life more than they do money, power, and control.