Well it turns out my dad is an electronic troubleshooting genius, more on that later. Fixing my Flip and creating a video about it motivated me to start a how-to channel. I had been thinking about starting up some kind of YouTube channel for a while but I hadn't figured out exactly what to do.
At the time (April 2011) this was my only functioning video camera so when the power button broke I got desperate and posted this low quality video describing the malfunction. I was hoping someone out there would see what happened and offer a solution with a comment or video response.
In the mean time my dad offered to take a look at the broken camera. Taking the Flip apart to diagnose the problem was a bit of a delicate procedure, but I had nothing to lose. After about 30 seconds of examining the circuit board inside my dad realized the problem was a loose electronic component that had broken off. After a little soldering the camera was functioning properly again.
Here is the solution video I made: Flip Ultra HD Power Button Fix. After going through the process of creating my first tutorial I decided to dedicate my channel to how-to videos.