The Book of Eli – believable except for this one small thing.

Good morning,

Have you seen the movie The Book of Eli?  I saw it when it came out, and I’ve recently seen it again at home, I really like it.  Please: if you haven’t seen it yet, you might not want to read this blog because there may be spoilers in here for you…but it’s been out since 2010 so I know that I’m not giving away anything new.  Spoilers below, don’t say I didn’t warn you!

For a refresher, the movie is set thirty years after war turned the world into a wasteland.  A lone warrior named Eli (Denzel Washington) marches across the ruined landscape, carrying hope for humanity’s redemption. Only one other man (Gary Oldman) understands the power of what Eli carries, and he is determined to take it for himself. Though Eli prefers peace, he will risk death to protect his precious cargo, for he must fulfill his destiny to help restore mankind.

It’s an epic story as we watch Eli move across the country from the east to the “west”, where his destiny takes him.  This movie might be a reality some day, and the book he is carrying (the Bible) may restore humanity in itself.  This is a believable and a possibility.

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Now, we don’t learn until the end of the movie, but Eli is carrying a King James Bible that is written in braille.  We also learn that he is blind…and possibly has been blind (or can see with some sort of divine intervention) for the entire movie.  I can see that if there was some sort of spiritual “protector”, that a blind man could possibly walk among the deserted landscape, his path being laid out for him.

Not only can Eli maneuver the wasteland without sight, he can also ward off groups of attackers without a scratch, he can also hunt with his trusty bow and shoot a bird out of the air – blind – for “dinner”.

During his “down time” every day, he pulls out his book and reads it.  Every day.  For 30 years.  This leads him to memorize the entire Bible, chapter by chapter, verse by verse.

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Eli traverses and overcomes.  He’s guided by a voice in his head that told him that he must protect this book and he is personally lives by the “message” of the Bible, basically to do more for others than for yourself as he puts it.  All believable, albeit maybe a little bit of a stretch.  I concede that a man can probably memorize the Bible if read every day over 30 years.  I personally know a man that memorized the Webster’s dictionary over several years, so I’m going to agree it can be done.  Shooting a flying crow out of the sky with a long bow seems like an impossibility, but heck, everyone gets lucky once in a while.

There is one part of the movie that is truly 100% unbelievable.  One tidbit that I just can’t grasp and it really makes me wonder about life as it is today…

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Eli carries a 3rd Generation iPod with him so he can “wind down” at the end of the night to sleep.  This is where Hollywood meets the impossible.  Being in the iPod Repair business…I know there there is NO WAY that this 3rd Generation iPod would still be working after 30 years!!

Firstly, look at the condition of the thing.  These needed to be clean for the touch buttons to work correctly.  Period!  These iPods had hard drives in them too, and they are not “hearty” to put it lightly.  There’s not a hard drive on the planet that can take the abuse that this one has and still work after 30 years.  I’ve worked in the high-tech industry for 20+ years and have personally spent time at Dell, Seagate and Maxtor in their Hard Drive reliability labs.   NOPE.  I DON’T BELIEVE IT, THIS HARD DRIVE WOULD BE A CLICKING PAPERWEIGHT.

The screen on this iPod isn’t cracked.  Come on guys, not realistic at all.  ENOUGH SAID.

Plus the Li-ion 850 mAh batteries that came in these devices only lasted about 2 years – MAX.  How is this one working after 30 years?  IT’S NOT POSSIBLE.  He charges his iPod somehow off of a 12 volt DC battery – which is a tricky task by itself – but the battery would have long expired.  Even the Almighty wouldn’t be able to help Eli here!

Finally, and this is probably the most important note…it’s presumed that Apple along with every other company plus the internet, power, computers and everything else is just obliterated and gone due to the war…there would be no way for Eli to add, remove or change his music.  I don’t care if he had 1000 songs on there…

Eli would have been drooling on the side of the road sucking his thumb long before he made it to Alcatraz.  No one can keep the same playlist for 30 years, it’s just IMPOSSIBLE 😉

OK hopefully by now you realize that I’m somewhat making fun of the iPod since I’m in the business of repairing them.  Yes, I have personally repaired countless 3rd Generation iPods like the one Eli is carrying…and yes they were touchy devices that needed TLC.  Have you seen the movie?  I feel like if this scenario does happen to all of humanity in the future…I’ll be the shopkeeper that you see in town that offers to charge up Eli’s battery.  Yep, that’s where this old iPod repair technician will end up.  Bartering a battery charge for some KFC wipes and a Zippo.  For now, at Mission Repair we take cash, Visa, Mastercard, Discover, American Express and Paypal.  The Internet still works today!

I had fun writing this one, Ryan

 

 

iPod Repair at Mission Repair.

Hello there-

With all of the data that we store at Mission Repair from the hundreds of thousands of repairs that we’ve performed for customers all across the country, I can see that iPod Repairs USED to be our number one service in terms of total numbers;

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But this year they have been surpassed by the iPhone repairs that we offer. We still service a significant amount of 4th Generation iPod Touch screens, and I think that my techs can do it in their sleep. In fact, we just trained Casey our newest technician to repair these yesterday to help break the monotony on the production line.

Also, it’s true that since the discontinuation of the iPod Classic by Apple, the demand for 160GB hard drives (the behemoth) has been on the rise, and the supplies and replacement drives are becoming more rare and expensive. Just a tidbit for those that like to keep 160GB of music on them at all times! Depending on how the music is formatted, that’s somewhere in the neighborhood of 28,000 songs. That should keep you busy for a while, but be sure to take care of that hard drive. Soon, they will be impossible to get!

Thanks, talk to you again soon, Ryan

iPhone Repair in Denver.

Hello friends, we’ve got a lot going on with our new Mission Repair stores, and in fact very soon my Lakewood, Colorado location will no longer be the “new kid on the block”. We are finalizing plans to place our newest location in Indianapolis (well, a suburb of Indianapolis) and are making plans to move in soon!

Our Denver location (which is technically located in Lakewood), has been buzzing lately, and we are in the final stages of getting our new sign installed. I didn’t really realize all that goes into have a lit sign built, this is my first full retail spot after all 😉 here’s a mockup of what it will look like:

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So it appears that it’s on track to by installed and the official “lighting” ceremony will be sometime just after the 4th of July, I’ll be there to snap a few pictures and share them with you!

Until then, just remember that we are taking walk-in repairs daily at our Lakewood location and of course if you send in a repair from anywhere in the country WEST of Denver, your deivce will automatically route to this location. It’s working perfectly!

Thanks for hanging in there with us, we appreciate all of your business. We have customers now waiting for our Indiana Repair Center to open, we will be happy to announce it soon!

Take care, Ryan

This morning’s look at Mission Repair in Lakewood, Colorado:

Hello everyone, I was checking in on my Lakewood, Colorado location and took this screenshot from my phone…the walk-in business is starting to increase at our newest location and anyone that’s in the business knows how important this is. Coupled these customers with our normal “ship-in” repairs that we are diverting to this location, it’s starting to swell up and we need some new amazing employees to start today!

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I’m not sure if you read my earlier blog post titled “Calling all Techs!“, but we’re currently interviewing and hiring for immediate job openings at our Lakewood, Colorado location.

If you’re in the area and looking for a great career opportunity within a company that believes in promoting from within (keep in mind that the General Manager of this location started with Mission Repair as a technician!) – send your resume to “chris@missionrepair.com” for immediate consideration.

He needs you and wants to find compatible employees now.

Thanks, have a great day!

Ryan

Mission Repair, how does it work?

Hello friends,

It’s a Monday morning, and I’ve answered a few calls myself; one of them was, “How does it work?”

Since we’ve been in business longer than just about anyone else in this industry, sometimes I wonder why my customers have this question. It’s OK, I understand that this is pretty much my life so I REALLY understand it. I apologize if it’s not as easy as I think, let me explain. We can service every customer at every address in the Nation, and we have two major repair types:

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1. We take local Walk-In Repairs.

That’s right, we are a “no appointment necessary, come on down when you are available” type of business. We have several locations, and you can stop on by during normal business hours. Just bring your broken iPhone, iPad or Computer, and we’ll check it in and get you the service that you need. Each location even has a waiting area if you’d like to wait for your repair to be completed!

2. We take Nation-Wide Mail-In Repairs.

You may or may not know this, but Mission Repair was built on this model. From any address in the USA, you can sit comfortably from the safety and tranquility of your own home and never have to make the journey into public. Simply order any of our services online and we will send your device back to your location (whether it’s a cracked iPad, failing Laptop, or maybe even a tablet that doesn’t charge) and our carrier will hand it off to you or leave it at your doorstep if that’s what you want!

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The interesting part of each is that we offer the same warranties for EVERYONE, and the SAME PRICE for each repair for the entire USA. You may find that the competition offers different pricing for different regions of the country, and this happens for several reasons. I’ll leave it up to you to find out why. At Mission Repair, we don’t believe in charging you more for living in certain cities, and we certainly don’t think that you should have to haggle or “negotiate” your repair price. This is why we give our pricing UP FRONT, and you can see all of our pricing online on our website 24 hours per day. There’s no need to “email us for a quote”. However, you’re welcome to email us for a quote or just to say hello!

If you have any questions, just give us a call at 913-948-6992.

Have a great day!

Ryan

Mission Repair East or West?

Hello everyone,

We’re making history today; the time has come and today will be the last day of Mission Repair “the old way”!

Starting Monday, 2/2/15, we are now splitting the country into halves for shipping and efficiency purposes.

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If your Shipping Address location is shaded YELLOW ship to:
Mission Repair
(ATTN: YOUR ORDER NUMBER)
3234 S. Wadsworth Blvd.
Unit I
Lakewood, CO 80227

If your Shipping Address location is shaded GREEN ship to:
Mission Repair
(ATTN: YOUR ORDER NUMBER)
19943 W. 162nd St.
Olathe, KS 66062

Additionally, if you order an email shipping label from us, we will automatically pick the most efficient store for your device to be shipped to. It makes shipping, receiving, repair and turnaround more efficient, faster, and in the end better for all of our customers. Additionally, with this new location in Lakewood, Colorado that will be open on Monday, you can also visit us and walk-in your device for repair as well! that’s the idea behind this master plan and in fact, I’ll be in Lakewood on opening day Monday to say hello to all of our new customers.

Until then, thanks for reading and we’ll be back soon with more great info only found here at the Mission Repair blog!

Take care, Ryan

Mission Repair in Denver. Open next Monday!

Hello again friends, as we wrapped up a few final details this weekend at our Lakewood store, we were able to slip out of the Denver area yesterday at about 3:00pm for the drive back to Kansas City. As I was sitting in the car, I snapped this lovely shot of Lennie just below our temporary sign that was installed yesterday morning:

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Yes, we were in construction mode and maybe it’s not the “best” picture of him, but we’ll get a laugh out of it anyway. Our new LED sign will be installed in a few weeks, but until then you’ll be able to find us as we just got our Google + page and Facebook fan page built for this new location.

A few more days here in Kansas City and I’ll haed back with our Store Manager to unlock the doors and greet our new Denver area customers. Stay tuned and we look forward to sharing more get pic (not of Lennie) soon!

Take care, Ryan