I give names to all my favourite gadgets, devices and guitars. I know it's weird but somehow, it accentuates their quirks and personalities to me. They are very much alive to me in a technological kinda way and of course, I know that doesn't make much sense. It's hard to put into words but 'Side-Kicks that help me run my life with their own functional liveliness' is the closest I can describe this. Think pets.
After jailbreaking my iPhone 4 and experiencing life with it with its newfound abilities, I decided to name it 'Pandora', since it allows me to open forbidden 'boxes' Apple doesn't want you to.
Pandora has accompanied me for coming to 2 years and all the improved productivity in my life and all the fun I've had because of it will always stick with me as fond memories. I've also brought her to lots of places - Tokyo, Osaka, Kyoto, Jeju Island, all over the main places in South Korea and all over Taipei. Pandora has climbed volcanoes with me and endured the biting winds, snow and cold of winter.
And Pandora is my very first and proper Smartphone. She has served me well. Too well.
And the time has come to let her go. I need to expand my ability to be able to do more with a smartphone and I've gotten for myself a Galaxy S3 now that I'm able to recontract with my Telco. Yup, I've hopped over to the Android platform and that is a must for me based on my needs and requirements. But still, I'm going to miss Pandora.
So here I am, sitting at one of my sanctuaries where I like to blog at and I've just taken this photo of Pandora to remember her by:
I've named my S3 'Pebble' and using Pebble to snap the last few photos of Pandora is like giving an honorary acknowledgment and send-off to Pandora's honorable discharge from her distinguished service.
Pandora will be making her way over to Malaysia soon 'cos that is where I'll be selling her to.
Blogging is one area where Pandora has served me tremendously well with BlogPress, a nifty blogging app which unfortunately, doesn't have an Android version. I was actually contemplating if I should keep Pandora mainly for this app, besides some other less important but still handy apps and games but I decided against it.
Because of that, I took the following photo of the BlogPress app in action on Pandora, since I know too well that I'm going to miss it:
Well, Pandora will be out of my life tomorrow or the day after, when I'll have to pass her over to Malaysia and receive $350 in return. I'll have to unjailbreak and restore her to factory settings before that to ensure that no traces of my data are left on her. That's gonna hurt, since it's gonna be like stripping away all her capabilities. Default sucks.
I know I started this blog entry referring to Pandora as 'it' but ended up referring to it as a 'her'. She's always been female to me but I had to start using 'it' on her first so as to give you a politically correct comfortable start before slowly guiding you down the path of eccentricity without you realizing it, dear reader. Or maybe you've been perceptive enough to have caught this yourself. Didn't wanna scare you off right at the start point, you see. I appreciate the fact that you've stuck with me thus far to reach this point.
Thank you and Goodbye, Pandora. From the bottom of my geeky heart, I really really hope that your new owner will treat you well, just like I did.
- De Lion Speaks