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On Second Thought.

Byline: Mohana Prabhakar

Do mobile phone manufacturers purposely make it difficult, or pretty near impossible for you to change phones without numerous disasters happening on the way?

I hate the whole process of settling in with a new phone. I could never get my numbers to transfer properly in the pre-Bluetooth days because by the time I thought of it IAAEd have lost the wire needed to back it up on the computer and so on.

In general, it takes me about a year in total to get used to all the stuff my phone can do, and in the few months after that, I have usually dropped it enough times to render it a babbling idiot. And then I need to get a new phone again.

Completely irrelevant here, but did you know that there is actually a term like Aaebabbling idiotAAE failure in the world of computer science?

It is a term used Aaewhere a process/node repeatedly suffers commission faults and therefore consumes more resources than it would normally useAAE.

To make it simpler, Aaea babbling node is one that incorrectly sends a message before such a message should have been releasedAAE. I know people like that, donAAEt you? To get back to my phone drama, I have been using Samsung for what seems like decades but even within Samsung, each new phone seems to work completely differently.

This, my phone-happy colleagues patiently point out, is the reason behind phone promiscuity. Right now I think I am being punished for buying a new phone without the older one having died, and probably because of all the times I secretly thought it was really stupid of people to buy a new phone without having lost the previous one to death or theft.

ItAAEs a Samsung again, so you would think IAAEd be reasonably comfortable with it, but the situation is better described as me the driver of an Echo being promoted overnight to be the commander of a battleship.

I canAAEt claim to be technically illiterate and I have no problem with computers. However, a computer masquerading as a phone is completely another matter. My phone is one of those fancy touch screen life-on-your-phone sort of devices.

Since I use my phone for making and receiving calls and the occasional SMS, not for e-mail or to prepare Excel or Word presentations, and I certainly donAAEt want to AaebeamAAE stuff Au why do I need this phone?

I donAAEt know but I can tell you itAAEs taken me two weeks to start using it, and now another ten days to master the art of accessing my phonebook without losing my mind.

I still cannot understand why text messages appear as complete conversations with anything you ever wrote to the person coming back to haunt you; I canAAEt understand why my e-mail doesnAAEt connect (I know I said I donAAEt use it but I can try) and I havenAAEt yet figured out what the AaebeamAAE function is for, as I am not on the Starship Enterprise.

Somebody, help!

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Publication:The Week (Muscat, Oman)
Date:Apr 6, 2009
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