While cleaning the basement a couple weeks ago I found an old TI-15 calculator. It’s so old, I can’t even remember when we got it. It was covered with dust. I cleaned it with a paper towel slightly dampened with a spray of Windex. Being solar powered (at least partially), I held it up close to the light for a minute and tried to turn it on. Nothing. I tried again, giving it more light, still nothing. I was about to throw it away, but decided to give it one more chance. The next day I put it on the front porch rail, propping it up in the bright light of the morning sun. A couple of canvassers came by to talk to me about their party’s candidate. I noticed they looked curiously at the calculator, but they didn’t say anything about it. After 20 or 30 minutes in the sun, I picked it up and gave it a try. It worked perfectly for a while, then stopped. I took it to work and put it on a cabinet under a ceiling light. After a few weeks, I tried it again. It’s been working fine for several weeks now. Makes me happy to have a quality product that has gone above and beyond the call of duty. I’m glad I gave it another chance. Instead of being thrown away, I can now use it or give it to someone.
[Update: Months later, it’s still working fine, as long as I store it where it gets plenty of light.]