August 2007 Archives
One of the many reasons why we should always have our mobile phones adequately charged is that we never know when an emergency might arise. Who knows when we might need to make an emergency phone call or text someone in our time of need. But in the case of doctors in Argentina, the emergency came in the form of a failed generator during a blackout in the middle of an appendix operation. Reuters reported that surgeons managed to complete the operation with the aid of mobile phones supplying the needed light as a substitute. A family member gathered some phones from willing people in the hallway to provide adequate lighting for doctors to finish the operation in time before the anesthesia wore off. Wow! Who would have known your mobile phone can literally save someone’s life? But I sure wouldn’t want to be the one on the table only to realize later on that I was operated on in the dark with a handful of cell phones as lighting.
- Buy only from recognized dealers: you will be assured of quality and warranty.
- Pay attention: if the battery quickly runs out despite being fully charged, and hardly being used, report it.
- Read: consult documentation for warnings and proper care of your gadget
- Stop, look and listen: when charging your phone, don’t just leave it on its own. Occasionally visit it and observe what’s going on. If you smell something burning or notice something unusual, unplug it immediately. If it's already fully charged, disconnect the charger.
- Report: if you’ve got a faulty product, report it to the manufacturers. If they have stores or offices you can go to, better to approach them personally than talk to them over the phone.