Inconstant sticking power

Published December 29, 2014 by Iphis of Scyros

I don’t know about other people, but I don’t like connecting to the Internet knowing that the device I’m using (computer, iPad, et cetera) has a camera pointed at me.  Yes, it’s very unlikely that anyone would be able to hack into the device in question and access the camera’s data (and even less likely that they’d want to) but that doesn’t make it any less unnerving to know that the camera’s there.

On this laptop, that was easily (and seemingly permanently) solved by applying a sticker over the camera lens.  It’s been there for years at this point, and hasn’t tried to budge.  My iPad is another matter entirely.

I don’t think I can count (rather, I don’t think I can remember) how many stickers, post-it notes, little sticky “gems” and pieces of masking tape have been applied to the front camera and then fallen off again.

But the worst part about that?  One of the little sticky “gems” that had come off my iPad somehow ended up on the interior lapel of the jean jacket I was wearing a few days before Christmas (back when it was ludicrously warm for the time of year, unlike now) and since I was on my way to my parents’ place and didn’t want to have to explain its presence to my mother (who only notices weird details I don’t want to talk about) I pulled it off, and rather than just dump it into my purse willy-nilly, I stuck it to the top of my 3DS, which happened to be in the back pocket of my purse.

It’s still there.

Shows no signs of wanting to budge, in fact.

If I’d had any idea it was going to set up permanent residence, I’d have applied it more carefully.  Or at least in the direct center, instead of about a pinky finger’s width off.  Looks awful there, but I’m afraid of marring the surface of the system’s casing if I just rip it back off again.


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