A near-death experience for my iPod

I have a long and rich history of killing technology with the power of static electricity. I’ve lost two sets of RAM sticks from a laptop, one cordless phone and a DVD player. In each case, all it took was one touch from me to send these gadgets to the landfill.

This morning my iPod very nearly became the latest victim. I got into the office wearing a fleece hoodie, neck warmer, knit cap and gloves. I was also listening to my iPod. When I slid my backpack off my back, I heard a crackling sound in the ear buds, felt some tingling in both ears, and then the iPod fell silent. The display was frozen and the entire unit was unresponsive. Shit. Yesterday my Shuffle stopped working. Today, the big guy.

Once I settled in, I grabbed the iPod and tried resetting it. Luckily it came right back to life and is now recharging in its dock.

I really didn’t want to replace two iPods in the same week. I’m still trying to decide on what to do about the Shuffle! It sorta works, but there doesn’t seem to be a pattern to its failures. Thus, I don’t really know what else to do with it. I hate to lose it, though, because it’s orange–my favorite color. They don’t make them in that color any more, so losing it would really suck. In the grand scheme of things it’s a piddly problem to be sure, but it’s a gorgeous orange.