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Old 05-10-2011, 02:04 PM   #11
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Originally Posted by Poppaea View Post
I bought a spare. Just in case. One never knows...
Semi-OT: My first ebook reader was a Handspring Visor PDA, bought around 2001. I used it for an unremembered length of time, then one day pulled it out of the case to find the screen broken. I lived without for years until in 2004, when I thought about looking for a replacement screen (I had kept the PDA) on Ebay, and ended up getting a whole replacement PDA for around a quarter of what I paid for the first one. Over the next several years, I'd sometimes watch Ebay for Handspring Visors and occasionally buy one or an auction of a few, sometimes for as low as $5.00 per PDA. I was able to swap parts between broken units to build working ones. I ended up with as many as around 10 working units plus spare parts at any one time. I think there was only one other time I broke a screen (minutes after switching a very nice, scratch-free screen onto the unit, when it slipped out of my shirt pocket when I bent down to pick up something that had fell on the floor) but I liked always having a few spares around, "just in case." Even had backup modules (the Visors had a Gameboy-like expansion slot in the back) so that I could in minutes configure a fresh PDA to match an old one.

I don't have a spare for my 350 (though I wish I did) but I still have that pile of old PDAs if worse comes to worst.
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