iPhone 5c battery replacement and home button

The iPhone 5C was a nifty little small iPhone released in 2013 and came with a plastic case and came in 5 colors – hence the name 5C, 5 color. An aunt was gifted the phone from my parents who originally owned it but it sat in a drawer for a few years in Merry England before I snatched it back from her when she came to see us in the US – she bough a nice, larger iPhone 7S plus in 2021 from Backmarket.

I’ve got a bunch of old iPhones but this one is special due to its color and plastic case so when the battery finally died, it lasted almost 10 years, I thought it was only fitting to give it a new lease on life via a new battery. Opted for iFixit, I know batteries can be had for cheaper but I trust these guys more with a potentially explosive device than some random eBay or Amazon seller.

Glue, be gone, old glue!

The 5c is probably the easiest battery swap I’ve done as the home button does not have a cable but attaches via two metal tabs from screen to motherboard. So off with the pentalobe screws on the bottom and crack open that screen. Take off the power cable cover and unclip connector and you’re done – really took about 4 minutes. But as a seasoned battery replacement guru knows, the old battery is stuck down with strips of very potent glue under the battery so one has to finds two tabs and yank on them horizontally to pull off the old glue.

Of course 10 year old glue, tabs and all, are just going to break off so then you’re forced to pry out the old battery. iFixit recommends heating up the back of the phone but before this I just tried to pry the bloody thing out with a spludger. So after 20 minutes of trying to get the bugger out and thanking the battery gods every 5 minutes that the battery had not yet exploded in my face I applied a hot microwaved damp dish towel on the back of the phone and used a credit card piece of cardboard to pry the battery out. Worked well and I soon had everything back together. It was also noted that some industrious battery changing master had used dental floss under the battery to remove the glue – will try that next time. The new owner helping me with this project and I soon noted that the home button was now buggered / non functional!

Home button, fixed!

So after some searching of the iFixit forums it was suggested two metal tabs that had been bent down was the probable culprit and sure enough on bending them up again the home button now worked! Yes! So the lack of a cable for the home button was clever but the bent contacts seem to be an issue with some folks – simple fix though.

Didn’t die, iPhone 5c working in 2023!

So a fun little project and the 5C is a neat little phone but of course don’t expect iCloud to work, nor Touch ID or Apple music etc but still a totally useable phone to surf basic web pages and listen to SomaFM.


VESA Screw sizes for TV mount

The size screws you need to mount your TV mount to your new TV will depend on the size of your TV.  They are metric and will be either M4, M6 or M8. My  65 inch TV Sony came with M6 screws but because my TV mount (see image below) has big holes they needed a washer so it appeared they were not long enough. Here an article  on the Sony website about “Compatible wall-mount brackets and screw hole patterns”. 

I got this table from Sony but it appears to be outdated as my hole pattern on the back of my TV is 300mm x 300mm and not listed below. Also my 65 inch tv has M6 not M8 screws / holes! Way to go billion dollar company on outdated support docs! 

I ended up getting some slightly longer M6 screws 18mm vs 12mm and carriage washers from my local hardware store for $8 ouch! 

Screen Size (inches) VESA Specification (A*B) Standard Screw
19-22 75 x 75
100 x 100
23-29 200 x 100 M4
30-40 200 x 200 M6
45-55 400 x 400 M8
57-65 600 x 400 M8
70-80 800 x 400 M8
80-larger 1400 x 800 M8

Tv Mounts – $$$ or $?

Monoprice is your friend when it comes to TV wall mounts. You don’t have to pay $350 for the official Sony Mount! The monoprice mount I have been using that is good for up to 99lb was just $29. The only downside was the built in level in the middle of the mount that was not actually level. A TV mount is just a piece of metal so why pay more. Another caveat was the piss poor quality of the lag bolts supplied by Monoprice. I suggest replacing them.

Lag Bolts

The general consensus is to purchase your own higher quality lag bolts rather than using the ones that Monoprice supplies free with the mount. Installing lag bolts sucks, you have to drill a hole the exact diameter and exact length for the lag bolt to fit in. I found a lazy alternative by a company know for high quality blots, SPAX. I used these NO DRILL required lag bolts! I used Spax Powerlags that require no pre-drilling and come with hex (BOLT) or torix / T-star head. If you have a super heavy TV 100lb+ these may not work.



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9/23/2023 Prof. Michael Dubson BOOM! Duane Physics G1B30
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Director Guill Berdiell
Chemistry labs
TBA: Chemistry of COLORS! Cristol Chemistry 140
11/18/2023 Prof. Steven Brown There’s Something in the Air Cristol Chemistry 140
12/2/2023 Prof. Eleanor Hodby &
Steven Pollock
& Gwen Eccles
Director of CU Boulder Physics Labs
TBA: Physics of Light & Color Duane Physics G1B30
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2/24/2024 Prof. Susan Hendrickson Batteries:
Recharge, Reuse, Recycle
Cristol Chemistry 140
3/16/2024 Prof. Wei Zhang Past, present & future of plastic
Cristol Chemistry 140
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5/18/2024 Prof. Eric Cornell SPEED! Duane Physics G1B30
6/29/2024 Prof. Andrew Hamilton BLACKHOLES! Fiske Planetarium
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Uptime Kuma – Ubuntu 18 / Linode

So I’ve been having some server crashes lately and as most of my sites are for my own use it’s not mission critical they have to be up 24/7 but when they’re attached to a resume then it will be bad form to have a site down with a database error for someone looking for a webmeister position! Enter Uptime Kuma 🐻, a free open source website monitoring program that has a sleek web interface.

I originally found out about it on YouTube and there are a few articles online that seem overly complicated so I simply went to their GitHub page and pasted in a line of code via the terminal, I’m running an older version of Ubuntu, Ver 18, and I swear it installed under 3 minutes. So much for all the complicated YouTube vids and long articles!

This is what I typed / pasted in 🙂

curl -Lo && sudo bash

Guess they have a nice install script. It asked me for a few options like a local vs docker install and it was up and running. Just got to the ip address of your linux box and look at port 3001 http://yourIPaddress:3001 create a user name and strong passwrod and you’re set. Bloody brilliant! The web interface is super clean and modern looking. Check out their Github page if your have any issues.

And the name – Kuma (クマ/熊) means bear 🐻 in Japanese. A little bear is watching your website.🐻🐻🐻


Add a clickable URL to youTube video description in 2023- you need to be verified!

Just spent a good amount of time wondering why I couldn’t add a clickable link to a YouTube video description. It kept on companioning about not allowing angled brackets!! Turns out the YouTube account was newish and to stop the bad guys YouTube now needs you to verify your account with either an ID upload or a facial scan! Bloody hell!

The only issue is that this is far from obvious and the only indication of the verification process is teeny tiny text at the bottom of the description field – see the image blow. Well done Google – 100 billon dollar company fail!

Teeny tiny link at Botton – wow, great UI design google!

Mystery number 402-935-7733 and PayPal charge on bank account – relax!

So skimming our credit card transaction I came across the following:
Purchase / PAYPAL *FAIRCHILDFI 402-935-7733 CA Date ……… What…. I have a PayPal account but don’t recall paying $160 x 2 so decided to dig a little deeper.

There are numerous alarmist article on the inter web about the phone number, 402-935-7733. Well it turns out that it’s PayPal’s and they had the same number for at least 10 years, you thing the alarmist would have realized that by now! This transaction simply is a record of someone you paid via your credit card and who used PayPal as their payment processor – you don’t need to have a PayPal account to pay via PayPal!

So it really just a legit charge, in my case made by my better half. I was confuse as I sometime pay via PayPal and didn’t recall making this charge – it was to a running coach for out two little money sucking buggers aka kids!

click bait at best!

United Airlines ticket types for international travel in 2023

I was looking to book two return tickets from Denver to London in March 2023 and needed to see what tickets allow for changes to the return date. There is a little link on the website that pops up a window to list the different ticket types – here is a copy of the pop up window. I also made a text list below the image.

Basic Economy
(most restrictive)
Choose your seat for a fee
No upgrades
No changes allowed
Checked bag fees
1 carry-on bag included

Choose your seat
Upgrades available
No change fees
1 checked bag included
1 carry-on bag included

(fully refundable)
Choose your seat
Upgrades available
No change fees
1 checked bag included
1 carry-on bag included

Premium Economy
Roomier seat
Upgrades available
No change fees
checked bags included
1 carry-on bag included

Extra-spacious seat
No change fees
2 checked bags included
1 carry-on bag 

And I even asked ChatGPT to summarize the list above.

Here are the differences between the ticket types you mentioned:

  • Basic Economy: Most restrictive. Seat selection available for a fee. No upgrades or changes allowed. Checked bag fees apply. 1 carry-on bag included.
  • Economy: Seat selection available. Upgrades available. No change fees. 1 checked bag included. 1 carry-on bag included.
  • Economy (fully refundable): Same as Economy but fully refundable.
  • Premium Economy: Roomier seat than Economy. Upgrades available. No change fees. Checked bags included. 1 carry-on bag included.
  • Business: Extra-spacious seat compared to Premium Economy and below classes. No change fees. 2 checked bags included and 1 carry-on bag included.

So in summary, if you want to change your ticket then choose any ticket type BUT the BASIC ECONOMY ticket type. Remember if you change your ticket you will need to pay the difference between the price you paid and the new price.

Here is a list of prices for each ticket type March 20, 2023

For shits and giggles I decided to show you the price difference for the tickets – $7000 OUCH!!!

OUCH $7000 for business class!! Wonder what 1st class is ???!!!

iCloud Family sharing – down grade a kid accidentally set up as an adult

One of the best features of iCloud is the ability to add family members to your account to share Apps, iCloud storage and more.

This article goes over the features and advantages of family sharing but is primary about how to change your kid to a child account if you accidentally set them up as an adult when they first got their appleID. Eg Sue is 8 but when you set up her account you said she was an adult. But now you want to use the screen time function as this own works for non adults. Note, when then get older you still can use screen time, it’s just account initially set up as adult account that can’t be managed with screen time.

According to Apple:

Family Sharing lets you and up to five other family members share access to amazing Apple services like Apple Music, Apple TV+, Apple News+, Apple Arcade, and Apple Card.1 Your group can also share iTunes, Apple Books, and App Store purchases, an iCloud storage plan, and a family photo album. You can even help locate each other’s missing devices.

Here is a big list of all the features.

What you can do with Family Sharing

With a Family Sharing group, you can set up or share the following:

Of course all members of you family need to have an Apple ID and when you set up their AppleIDs need to state their age. The big advantage of this is you can set up screen time and manage their devices remotely!

This is what a family group looks like under Setting > Family on iOS16

You can see some members above are not adults – any non adult’s device can be managed by an Organizer or parent or guardian. You can do all kinds of nice stuff like blocks apps, bloc specific websites and disable all their devices for a chunk of time!

But say you bugged up and started out by making a kid an adult!

In our case a kid under 13 was initially setup as an adult. After a presentation at school I realized it was probably a good idea not to have them have full unbridled access to their devices and the inter webs.

So I basically needed to change their age back down to their correct age!

It’s actually quite simple:

  • Log into using THEIR appleID
  • Go to the top right corner and click on their face and then click on manage AppleID
  • Click on Personal Information on the left then on birthday
  • Now change the birthday

After changing the birthday the iCloud Organizer will get an email to verify the changes. Now you will see you kids with their age under their name and they are now under the control of the Organizer and Parent Guardian. Of course you don’t have to turn on screen time at all and can just use the features like getting an approval every time they download an app or


I asked ChatGPT for the best short hikes around Boulder, CO

Boulder, Colorado, is surrounded by beautiful natural areas and is a great place for hiking. Here are a few suggestions for short hikes in the area:

  1. Chautauqua Park: This popular park is located on the western edge of Boulder and has a variety of trails ranging from easy to difficult. The Bluebell-Baird Trail is a short, easy hike that takes you through a beautiful meadow and offers great views of the Flatirons.
  2. Mount Sanitas: This moderate hike is located just a few minutes from downtown Boulder and takes you up a steep, rocky trail to the summit of Mount Sanitas. The views from the top are well worth the effort.
  3. Flagstaff Mountain: This mountain is located just outside of Boulder and has a variety of trails ranging from easy to difficult. The Flagstaff Summit Trail is a short, easy hike that takes you to the top of the mountain, where you’ll find great views of the surrounding area.
  4. Betasso Preserve: This preserve is located in the foothills west of Boulder and has a variety of trails ranging from easy to moderate. The Ben Trail is a short, easy hike that takes you through a beautiful canyon and ends at a waterfall.
  5. Eldorado Canyon State Park: This state park is located about 20 minutes south of Boulder and has a variety of trails ranging from easy to difficult. The Rattlesnake Gulch Trail is a short, moderate hike that takes you through a beautiful canyon and offers great views of the surrounding area.

I think it did a good job although there are a few easy hikes 1 mile north of Boulder at Boulder Valley Ranch and the Hogback ridge trail west of there over the other side of the highway 36.


Best Coffee shops in Boulder, CO as per ChatGPT

Trying out ChatGPT and this is the reply to my question I gave it regarding the best coffee shops in Boulder, Colorado.

There are many great coffee shops in Boulder, Colorado, and the best one for you will depend on your personal preferences. Some popular coffee shops in the area include:

  1. Ozo Coffee: This local chain has several locations in Boulder and is known for its high-quality, sustainably-sourced coffee.
  2. Boxcar Coffee Roasters: This independent coffee shop has a cozy atmosphere and serves a variety of specialty drinks.
  3. Atlas Purveyors: This coffee shop has a focus on sustainability and sources its beans from small farms around the world.
  4. The Unseen Bean: This coffee shop is popular with students and has a relaxed atmosphere. It also serves pastries and sandwiches.
  5. Trident Booksellers & Cafe: This bookstore and cafe is a popular spot for coffee and has a large selection of books and magazines.

It’s worth noting that these are just a few of the many great coffee shops in Boulder, and there are many other options to choose from as well. Some other popular spots include Huckleberry Roasters, Amante Coffee, and The Laughing Goat. It’s a good idea to try out a few different places to find the one that you like the most.

My Take

Not a bad answer but what about Beleza in N.Boulder. Atlas Purveyors went out of business in 2013! Hmmm ……


This is what bing had to say:

According to my web search results, some of the best coffee shops in Boulder, Colorado are Rapha Boulder, Ozo Coffee Co, Trident Booksellers & Cafe, Boxcar Coffee Roasters, Alpine Modern Café, Village Coffee Shop, and The Laughing Goat 1.


Well probably more current as ChatGTP’s data is from 2021 but bing sill recommend The Village Coffee Shop which is not a traditional coffee shop as it’s more like a diner that serves breakfast and lunch.