Thursday, June 12, 2008

Rest In Peace, my MPX



Love me tender...



My beloved companion of three years, my Motorola MPX 220 Smartphone is fighting for its life. I made a tough decision to take it off life support today.

I knew she had to be mine the moment I saw her, a successful model in the US. A love story spanning continents. She was born in the USA, and me in Gods own country. She was sleek, sophisticated, and sensitive. I was (let’s leave that aside) and let's just say opposites attract.

The day she came to my life, she changed it. It was one of the first models to feature Windows Mobile™ 5.0. The activesync feature enabled it to sync with my PC and update all my appointments and contacts. Suddenly, I she was privy to every event in my life however minor (buy sugar) or major (anniversaries, birthdays)… She accompanied me on every trip and listened in to all my conversations.

Of course there were some (major) cultural differences. Like she couldn’t use the Indian electricity sockets, or the standard mini USB cables. But love transcends all boundaries. We decided we shall never part ways till… (sniff… sniff…)

I detected the early signs of illness when one day, out of the blue, she collapsed. I revived her (restarted) and this became an almost weekly chore to reboot (oops transfuse). Her condition only deteriorated from there on… She refused to communicate with anyone other than my virtual half (my office PC) and would not sync with any other. I accepted that as a part of her illness and moved on.

Then her condition took a turn for the worse… She refused to be charged by anything other than her data cable. Then she used to collapse unless on life support (charging) and her heart (battery) became feeble. But her brain (processor) was still sharp as ever. Never did I have to wait for her to tell me her secrets (data retrieval was lightning fast). I had to carry the cable wherever I was going and if I didn’t carry the notebook along, I had to plan my route to stop at places with PCs. And life went on…

Then one day I think she felt that she was becoming a burden on my mobility. With her hooked on, she almost became a desk phone. She decided to take her own life. She refused to charge using the data cable. I tried CPR (cold boot, hot boot, what not) and finally managed to twist her charger in a way that she could charge. But this morning she stopped responding to life support as well…

I shall be putting her to rest over the weekend and even though I may buy a new phone, I know it will never be as special as her. Adieu my love, we shall meet again in gadget heaven.

8 comments:

Anonymous said...

george , may the force be with u...., in this dark difficult times
anupama

Chandu said...

The light at the end of the tunnel.

http://www.efytimes.com/efytimes/fullnews.asp?edid=27002&magid=11

The Walker said...

Thanks guys.

And I also appreciate all who've sent me condolences over e-mail... I agree that I will have to buy a new model, but looking at the prices of smartphones these days, I'm psyched!

Please pass the hat...

Anonymous said...

My heart-felt condolences. If I was there, I would have cheered you up with Irani Chai and chota samosas.

But you choose keema pav. You should be in mourning, but you don't sem it anyway!!

- the jealous Prats

Chandu said...

while on apple products... This should entertain you lots... If you haven't seen it yet that is.

fakesteve.blogspot.com

(haven't learnt how to post links here... the html tag I know doesn't work)

Biswadeep said...

My Heartfelt condolences. May her soul rest in peace...
Bishu

Sue said...

aww, how will the walker walk without his companion...

which phone is going to grace your arm next?

Sue said...

Write...!