I am not, by nature, prone to be in any way superstitious, but the run of good luck I have had regarding my 405 is almost enough to convince me to get a lucky rabbit's foot.
Here's the story so far:
Bought the 2GB 405 for ┬ú30, ex display - unit and charger only.
Found a brand new Proporta alu-leather case for ┬ú2.52.
Got all the plugins for ┬ú15 on ebay.
Went back to the shop about 3 months later to buy a cheap MP3 player for my son and spotted a 405 box on display. Great - a spare 405 in case mine gets damaged. Unfortunately the box proved to be missing the 405. The good news is that it did contain all the accessories for same.
I asked the manager what they would do with the box. He told me it would be thrown away. A quick chat later, he gave it to me for nothing. So now I have all the bits to go with my ┬ú30 405 (including the 405 DVR adaptor). My suspicion is that the box in question was the one they couldn't find when I bought the 405, hence the ┬ú30 price.....
Last week, I Went back to the shop I bought the 405 from and noticed a dusty DVR station box in the back of a display cabinet. Walked out of the shop with a sealed Gen 5 DVR station for ┬ú9.97.
Yesterday, my 405 was dropped from the upper landing by my youngest son. It fell 15 feet onto a wooden floor, bounced at least 2 feet up again and landed about 2 inches from a bucket of water. Not only is it completely unmarked, but it still works perfectly. It wasn't even in its protective case at the time. I somehow doubt that the 30gb model would have proved to be as forgiving......
My son will be forgiven as soon as he gets out of hospital
So, I am thinking of using my new found DVR facilities to record some religious programmes. I am also going to try using the serial number of my 405 as lottery numbers.
Still haven't worked out how to get BBC iplayer files to work on the 405, but I have a feeling I'll get there sooner or later