Friday, July 15, 2011

The King's Speech

As a result of a slight mix up when I was rushing to unload various food purchases yesterday, I can now confirm that leaving a rental DVD in the freezer for 6 hours does it no harm whatsoever.

Emboldened by this discovery and displaying the inquisitiveness and spirit of adventure that took Leif Erikson to America, Shackleton to the Antarctic and NASA to the Moon, I conducted several further experiments, with the result that I now have to report that a USB stick belonging to Mrs C no longer seems to work after spending just two hours at minus 18 degrees.

As my traditional excuse of "It just seemed like a good idea at the time" is unlikely to save me, does anybody know if the silicon situation is likely to improve before six pm, whether any remedial action is possible, or should I simply book a one way ticket to South America?


pjt said...

It is quite possible that the device starts to work when it has warmed up again. OTOH, frost may actually break it permanently. Your chances before 6 PM are about fifty-sixty.

So I expect Mrs. Chalk will expect you to use a half-way ticket to South America.

Dave said...

I think your best bet is to stick it in the microwave to defrost it, 20 seconds on full power should do nicely.

Austin said...

Just leave it to warm up, and it should be fine. USB sticks are remarkably hardy.

Anonymous said...

bad idea chalky. probably the condensation that can form inside the device when removed from freezer has rusted the micro-circuitry.

if you have tin of compressed air you might try taking the usb apart and drying any moisture. or blow hard, bearing in mind breath also has moisture in it. the microwave is not a good place to put anything with metallic components.

Good luck with your better half, btw.

Anonymous said...

Dunk it in rice. True story.

Isabella said...

True grit is making a decision and standing by it,doing what must be done.

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