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

 

 

Mission Repair Locations – for iPod, iPhone, Tablet and Computer Repairs

NATIONWIDE MAIL-IN SERVICE

We are still the best in the business at Mail-In Repairs. We’ve been there from the beginning and will be there until the end. There are thousands of customers every month that have their devices repaired and if you’re one of the many that doesn’t want to make a trek out of the house, our exclusive mail in services are for you.

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Shipping your device to us? Please place your order on our website and follow our shipping instructions. Need help placing your order? Give us a call at 1-844-459-0105 or email sales@missionrepair.com.

LOCAL WALK-IN SERVICE – OPEN 7 DAYS A WEEK!
We also take local walk-ins with no appointment necessary! Want your device repaired while you wait? Ask us about our express service and view the map below for our locations.

Business Hours:
Monday – Friday: 10am – 7pm
Saturday – Sunday: 10am – 5pm
CLOSED MAJOR HOLIDAYS

Lenexa, Kansas Store
OPEN FOR BUSINESS!
9214 Marshall Dr.
Lenexa, KS 66215
913-353-9233

Mission, Kansas Store
OPEN FOR BUSINESS!
5604 Johnson Dr.
Mission, KS 66202
913-284-0994

Lakewood, Colorado Store
OPEN FOR BUSINESS!
3234 S. Wadsworth Blvd.
Lakewood, CO 80227
720-897-6297

We’ll see you here! Have a great morning, Ryan

Sunday success!

Hello there and happy Monday morning!

So we opened back up on Sundays here at Mission Repair and had a fantastic day. We are open limited hours on Sundays, from 10:00am to 5:00pm…but we booked 40 new repairs yesterday which just proves to me that being open on Sunday was a great choice. Thank you for your patience, it’s now official.

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Now that we’re open 7 days a week, we’re happy to take your calls, fulfill services and meet you for advice any day you’re ready.

Don’t forget that we’ve got some serious deals and new repairs listed on our website with more coming online every day.

I’ll be back shortly, have a great Monday!

Ryan

Mission Repair in Lenexa – sign mockup.

Hello there electronics lovers-

You may have seen my post yesterday about our newest location that we are opening to attract more customers from the Lenexa, Overland Park and surrounding Shawnee areas in Kansas.

So Melanie is mocking up our new sign, and we are going to be installing something to this effect:

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Yes, this is just a Photoshop mockup, but we’re going to occupy the entire lower monument sign on this totem. Of course, Kopps decorating center has been in this parking lot for about 80 years 😉 Our new space is perfect for the location, and completely accessible from either 95th street or 87th street right off the highway depending on which direction you arrive from.

I’ll be over at the new location for the rest of the day…and if my Internet is up I’ll blog from the open space and share some pictures!

Have yourself a great morning.

Ryan

Mission Repair in Lenexa is almost here!

Hello friends,

It’s been kind of crazy in the mind of ol’ Ryan Arter the last several weeks…I just got back into the office today from a quick trip out to Colorado and I’ll be heading back there in 3 days. So this is a chance to get some laundry done, pack up a few things, check my emails (682 of them in my inbox today) and take a look at my new building in Lenexa that is coming along perfectly!

The installers are finishing up the two bathrooms, we are having slate tile, new vanities, fixtures, etc. installed as we speak.

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This new location has a huge lit monument sign that you’ll be able to see from the highway in either direction right off of I35 and 95th Street. The best part about it is that there’s a Costco in the parking lot next to us, so I can see myself visiting for the $1.50 hotdog meal a couple of times a week 😉

We are on schedule to move in and open on August 17th, 2015…I posted “COMING SOON” on our website here but we’ve already had customers stop by the location and call us form the parking lot. No, we are not there yet. Mission Repair in Lenexa IS COMING SOON. For now, here’s a list of our other locations in case you need us sooner for that iPhone repair!

Take care, safe travels. Ryan

Mission Repair Opening in Lenexa, Kansas – Coming Soon!

Hello there blog readers-

If you’ve been following our blog, you know that we’re talking about our newest Indianapolis location a lot. In fact, we’re heading to Indianapolis Thursday night to have a final meeting (hopefully) with our new landlord out there!

There’s some more exciting news around the Kansas City area as well, and it’s that we’re moving to an amazing retail location just off of I35 in Lenexa.

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In fact, there’s a Costco right next door to us. We’ve got a gigantic lit up monument sign that hopefully will be up and installed by the beginning of August.

So check out our locations page to see when we will be having our grand opening. It’s going to tie in nicely with our 1 Millionth Unique Blog Visitor that appears will happen in the next 2 months. We will be celebrating that too in a big way. As of this morning, we are at 966,074 Unique Visitors (check the counter on the right!) and when we hit 1 million we will memorialize it in a big way.

Stay tuned…and if you’ve got a truck we might need some help moving a few items next weekend. I’ll buy the pizza 😉

Thanks for reading, 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