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So, this morning I phoned Samsung, again.
To tell them that the courier had failed to turn up to collect my phone, again.
The lady on the phone was lovely, really lovely, and rescheduled my pickup for tomorrow morning, and was laughing with me when I said "I'll speak to you tomorrow afternoon, then" as we finished the call.

About ten minutes after I got off the phone there was a knock on the door, and it was the courier. To pick up my phone. Completely unscheduled and with no warning. And he made a crack about exploding phones because that's clearly helpful.

*headdesk headdesk headdesk*

So I phoned the nice lady back and she remained nice and was sympathetic about how crazy this is all being...

This miracle having occurred, I decided to check the tracking number for my replacement, not as good but at least non-explodey, phone. For 11 days the tracking number has been coming up as "not recognised" on the Royal Mail website. Suddenly, today, it's showing as being processed in Manchester.

OfC this does speak to it coming from Taiwan, where the seller is, rather than Ireland which is where the seller claimed it was. In which case there's going to be a hell of a lot of import duty to pay on it. So I'm not celebrating yet...

But am I right to be cautiously optimistic here?

I mean, so far with time off waiting in for courier and accessories bought it's cost me a considerable sum owning the Galaxy Note 7 that I'm almost certainly not going to get back, and I've been some time without a working phone, and all in all it's been a bit of a mare. But is there now light at the end of the tunnel?
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Update to the Update

Wednesday, October 26th, 2016 05:37 pm
miss_s_b: DCI Gill Murray looking disapprovingly at her phone (mood: not important)
... As I suspected in my previous update Samsung's courier has not turned up to take away my Note 7 (this is the second day they have done this) nor has the other courier delivered my new phone.

This is my face of not-surprise.
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- have finished course of antibiotics prescribed for secondary problem.
- primary problem still there, but at least I'm not suffering the side effects of the antibiotics any more.
- side effects of antibiotics completely wiped me out in terms of energy and brainpower for over a week, and I couldn't even booze :(
- all the other tests came back negative, so I'm booked in at the doctors on Wednesday next week. Will probably have to have more tests.
- we've ruled out cervical cancer, and all the various infections; it could still be all sorts of nasty things though. At this point I just want to be able to put a name to it.
- they still haven't come to pick up my Note 7 (they're meant to be coming today, but I'm not holding my breath).
- new phone, which seller swore blind was in Ireland, has actually been dispatched from Taiwan, if it's been dispatched at all, because they've given me a fake tracking number.
- I'm still in pain, still phoneless, and still pissed off.

On the plus side, I have mainlined two seasons of GotHam, one and a half of Lucifer, and caught up on iZombie; Ash Vs Evil Dead continues awesome, and there was new Supergirl last night. So, you know, it's not all bad. And on Friday I can finally have gin!

Hope you are all well, and sending extra big hugs to [personal profile] sassy_scot and her family.
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PSA: Contacting me

Saturday, October 22nd, 2016 11:43 am
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If you're trying to contact me for the next couple of days, you're probably best either phoning the landline, or going through Mat if it's text-based communication.

- Samsung were supposed to collect my phone yesterday, so it got reset to factory settings and powered down. They didn't come.
- My new phone has not arrived yet.
- I am typing this on Mat's laptop because Tiny Laptop is broken, and has been for ages, but I never got round to fixing her because I was fine with my phone.
- Alisdair's phone (my old Note 2, so 3 phones ago) is proving increasingly unreliable after nearly 5 years of constant use and keeps dying on him, so contacting me via him is not going to be a reliable option.

In health news, I am still in pain from the original, still undiagnosed, problem. I am having horrific side effects from the antibiotics they gave me to treat the secondary problem they found while looking for the original problem. And I can't even play stupid games on my phone to distract me from all this.

All in all, I'm a bit low.

Sorry not to end on a more positive note...
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Health Update

Monday, October 17th, 2016 09:36 pm
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Got some of my test results today. cut for potential TMI )

I'm still in in lots of pain, every day. But I'm also not dead. More updates as they come.
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miss_s_b: DCI Gill Murray looking disapprovingly at her phone (feminist heroes: DCI Gill Murray)
For those of you who were wondering how my medical testing went, and especially all those of you who wished me well...

It went as well as can be expected. I get results for some tests in about a week, and the rest in 2-3 weeks. My mum was great, and the nurse was really calm too, and understood my anxiety issues, and everything.

So now it's just wait and see...
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So, you've all probably heard that my phone is being recalled again. I'm really upset about this; not because of any fears of it exploding (seven out of a couple of million is pretty good odds) but because I really REALLY love it. I love the way it works, the way it feels, and most of all I love and adore the S-pen, which I affectionately call the Pokey Stick. I have been a Note user since the Note 2, and before THAT I spent a reasonable amount of time with a Nokia 5800. I can't cope without a pokey stick.

It's looking like this recall is going to be the end of the line for the Note line as a whole, and that's going to be a problem for me. I know you can get pen-shaped things for other phones, but they are NOT the same thing; they are just replacement fingers, they don't have the functionality or precision of an S-pen, and I am properly gutted that this recall almost certainly means I won't be able to get a new phone that has one EVER. (although thanks to someone actually helpful on twitter I have been pointed towards a somewhat useful looking stylus - http://www.adonit.net/jot/pro/ )

So what do I do?

Do I go back to an older Note?
Do I wait and see if Samsung bring out a new one?
IS there another phone that does similar things and I've just missed it?
Do I just keep my existing, fabulous, phone and hope it doesn't explode?

I'd be grateful for your thoughts.

ETA: I'd be grateful for your thoughts about which of the options above seems sensible, not OMG YOU'VE GOT AN EXPLODING PHONE YOU'RE GOING TO DIE, which is supremely unhelpful in the following ways:

1, I know my phone is at risk, it's in the title of the sodding post.
2, You're not offering me any solutions here.
3, Seriously, since when did panicking help anyone?

* casts a baleful eye on a screened comment which is going to remain screened *

ETA #2: Now up to 4 screened comments which are going to remain screened. What is it about phones which makes the condescending arsehole come out in people? "Learn to wait for technology to mature before buying new kit" ALSO does not help me with the current situation, sweet Croydon commenter.
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Given that I plan to stand, it would involve a conflict of interest were I to run the usual "asking questions of candidates" series of blog posts that I normally do for federal committee elections.

Any volunteers to take over? I can send you the forms and things that I have previously used if you think that'd be useful.
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