My Google Pixel C tablet is nearing the end of its life.

One of the facts which I did blog about was that, around April of 2017, I had purchased a Google Pixel C Tablet, which, in the meantime, had an O/S Upgrade to Android 8.1.0. That tablet is nearing the end of its life, and it’s barely 3 years old.

Firstly, it has not been receiving any system upgrades since 2019.

Secondly, as of a few months ago, it has started the behaviour of ‘spontaneously rebooting’ every few weeks, even though all I’ve been doing with it was, to keep it idling.

Some people tend to dismiss this behaviour of certain Android devices, just spontaneously to reboot, as if it was insignificant. But to the contrary, I tend to look at this as a crash each time, just as if a PC running Windows had suddenly received a Blue Screen. It can be caused by several things, but in this case I’m afraid, it might be a hardware problem, especially, since I have not been installing much software on it, nor receiving System Upgrades, at least, in the recent months.

Therefore, I am looking for a replacement, Android, Tablet.

BTW, The dedicated keyboard that came with this tablet has continued to work, to this day. I guess that I was lucky, not to receive a keyboard with a degraded built-in battery.


(Update 5/13/2021, 20h30: )

As of yesterday morning, this tablet has finally bitten the dust. Suddenly, its welded-in battery can no longer hold a charge, after being fully charged, for more than a few hours, before going completely flat. What I find remarkable about this has been the fact that, at least under my care, the KB battery didn’t die before the tablet’s built-in battery did.

I wonder whether this early demise of the battery may have been due, to my often having left the tablet plugged in for very long hours, to get a full charge each time,?




My new battery required I do an Epoxy Job yesterday.

Yesterday I wrote, that I had received a new battery for my age-old laptop named ‘Venus’. Installing this was more than just a job of inserting it, and thankfully, the battery did fit.

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Back in the year 2010 I was experiencing overheating issues with this laptop, in response to which I had attached plastic doorstops to its bottom, to act as spacers, and to allow air to flow. It sits roughly 3/4 inch above its cooling tray. The type of doorstop I used was a simple, convex type, which was also the only kind I could have used.

This required in 2010 that I attach some of these self-adhesive doorstops directly to compartment doors on the underside of the laptop, which can be opened or removed. And yes, one doorstop needed to be attached to the removable battery.

Hence, with the arrival of a new battery, I was 1 spacer short, from having a platform that was stable standing on 4 spacers.

So next, I looked at a local hardware store to see whether I could find an exact replacement for the doorstop which should go on the new battery. But that kind of primitive doorstop was not for sale. The hardware store was willing to sell me fancier ones, which could actually be used as doorstops, because the newer ones all have refinements that will make them look decent in the home. But the new doorstops also require the use of screws to be fastened, while the one I was looking to replace had been self-adhesive.

And so what I finally did – because I wanted to get on with setting up my laptop and not go on a shopping adventure – was just to buy some epoxy glue, which is being sold these days in pairs of syringes which are easy to use. We cut off the tips of the syringes, deal with any air bubbles, and then lay down two lines, of epoxy resin and hardener. Then we mix the two viscous fluids thoroughly with some disposable plastic tool. And we obtain a quick-setting resin, ready to adhere.

I had been able to pry the doorstop off the old battery without damaging it, which meant that I was ready yesterday to glue it onto the new battery.

The only disastrous fantasy I now have, is that the type of plastic used to make the doorstop, may not form a long-term bond with epoxy. If that should be the case, the newly-glued spacer can simply fall off my laptop one day, when I’m handling it, and when I’m least likely able to deal with it.

It is already written, that epoxy glue is not compatible with polyethylene or polypropylene. I’m sure that the laptop’s surfaces are neither, but am not sure about the (cheap) doorstops’ surfaces.

For now, the one homemade spacer has continued to adhere since yesterday, and not only the three, which are attached with the adhesive backing they were manufactured with.

In any case, in addition to the epoxy, I also bought some generic superglue, in case I might need it. But realistically, if the epoxy does not hold, and I’m forced to try repeating the exercise with superglue, my long-term chances of success have already become Nil.



I received a new battery for my Acer Aspire today.

One fact which I did write about, was that I own an old ‘Acer Aspire 5020′, in addition to my other computers, but that the network name of the Acer laptop was ‘Venus’, when it is running in Linux mode.

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This laptop was manufactured in 2005, and needed a new battery.

What’s remarkable about this, is the fact that the Lithium Ion battery it came with in 2005, may only have held a fraction of the charge it was supposed to, but still held a charge in 2016. This is because unlike today, in 2005, Acer produced high-quality products. But given the times, I would not buy an Acer today.

The old battery was holding a 1-hour charge in theory, although it would never actually reach that, because my settings forbade the charge from going below 25%.

Now that I received the new battery, I expect that it will hold a 2-hour charge again, and that I can safely set the laptop’s critical level to 15% again. But I do not expect, that the new, gray-market battery, will also last another 10 years.