People have resorted to using low technology to fix high tech problems practically forever. Black and white photographs were hand colored before the invention of color film, for example.
Liquid Paper was a wildly popular low-tech solution to the high-tech (for the time) problem of the typographical error.
You’ve probably done it yourself. Maybe the printer was on strike and you really needed a paper copy of a document, so you brought the document up on your tablet, placed it face-down on the copier, and made a copy. As awesome as technology is, it still lets us down, forcing us to rely on the clunky, the tried-and-true, and the downright weird to cope sometimes. Here are 5 funny low-tech fixes for high-tech problems.
1. Duct Tape for the iPhone 4 Antenna
Duct tape has been used to hold together everything from dams to ATMs, and it’s even been used to get rid of warts. So when the iPhone 4 displayed certain problems with its antenna back in 2010, naturally there were people who turned to duct tape for the fix. Sticking a piece of the silvery cure-all over the antenna connection helped restore signal quality and kept calls from dropping out. One Apple fan also got good results by using the iPhone 4 while wearing a very fashionable oven mitt called the Ove Glove.
2. The Right Hair Styling Tools for Your Ink Cartridge
It’s frustrating when your ink cartridge is more high-maintenance than you are, but that’s the world we live in. When you’re printing out an important document, and your ink cartridge starts to run low, the humble hair dryer could prevent an emergency trip to Office Max. Simply remove the cartridge, and blow dry it for a couple of minutes, then put it back into the printer while it’s still nice and warm. What happens is, the heat from the hair dryer warms the ink, making it flow more readily through the tiny nozzles.
3. Cookie Sheets to Extend Your Router’s Reach
Maybe your Wi-Fi router is at one end of your house, and your bedroom computer is at the other, and sometimes the signal drops out. Sure, you could get a new router, but why not save money and enrage the baking enthusiast in your household at the same time? Using an aluminum cookie sheet, you can build a six-inch passive reflector for your router to focus the router’s energy in the direction you need it rather than having it emit uniformly in all directions. The template and instructions are here, and it’s a good excuse to use those tin snips you bought when you built that cage for your daughter’s hamster.
4. A Coffee Filter to Pretty Up Your Photographic Subjects
Ever wonder why the built-in flash on your camera makes everyone look like rickets-bedeviled vampires with red demon eyes? It’s not that you have unattractive friends, it’s your flash. Coming straight from the camera, this whitish light is harsh, emphasizing edges and shadows, and when the bright light bounces off the blood vessels in the back of a person’s eyes, it causes the red demon eyes. Covering the flash with a bit of coffee filter diffuses the light, making it far less harsh. You can also play around with colored tissue paper over the flash to get more flattering photos.
5. Cold Storage as a Last Ditch Hard Drive Recovery Attempt
When an insufficiently backed-up hard drive crashes you don’t even want to tell anyone, because all they’ll do is cluck their tongues and scold you for not backing up like you should have. It’s not like you haven’t been kicking yourself for it ever since. Anyway, if you’ve tried everything, and nothing has worked, and you have nothing left to lose, you can try putting the drive in your freezer. It doesn’t always work, and nobody’s really sure how it works when it does, and you have to do it a certain way to avoid condensation, but if you’re out of options, it might be worth trying.
We may stream live sporting events wirelessly to our tech cave at home and run our thermostats with wireless apps, but just about everyone still relies on twine, WD-40, and duct tape occasionally. When you run your IT service desk with Samanage, you get the latest true-cloud solution for IT service desk and IT asset management in a unified interface, along with mobility, monitoring, and remote desktop access. The copier downstairs may still require the occasional kick to rumble back to life, but with Samanage, you can log and document the fix on your tablet, and have it closed out by the time you get back to your desk.
About Adam Shearin
Adam is an accomplished sales professional with over six years of experience working with mobile applications and cloud-based IT service desk and asset management solutions. Experienced working with a broad range of clients from SMB to Fortune 500, Adam clearly and confidently knows how to best articulate the benefits of multi-tenant SaaS-based ITSM/ITAM software. Adam's service management expertise isn't limited to IT and transcends departments organization-wide, bringing a new level of efficiency and processes to departments that once relied solely on spreadsheets and emails.
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