It’s time to say Goodbye! I have tried so hard in our relationship. I must depart without any additional emotions. Please forgive me.
For years I felt confident using a pc. Each pc manufacturer had their own unique features that intrigued me, motivated me, and helped me excel throughout my career. My first pc notebook was a Toshiba Satellite 410CDT. As the years pasted, technology got better, processor speeds increased and notebooks became lighter, I found myself following the trend. I used a IBM Thinkpad T410. Wow! That was the Cadillac of notebooks.
As I transitioned to a new employer, I was introduced to an Apple Powerbook Pro. It was sleek and sexy. The retina display was beautiful with amazing graphics. Soon, I found myself surrounded by like minded people. As I looked around my global office — Starbucks, I noticed 90% of their customers were all using a Macbook. Was I now part of an artsy, creative, hipster, millennium generation or a cult? I’m not sure. One thing I knew for sure, over the last several years, my Macbook Pro never let me down.
One day, I had this epiphany. I’m going to purchase a Microsoft Surface Pro. The television advertisements sparked my interest. It created a moment that required an engagement. I felt like I was having a deja vu. I remembered the day when Microsoft launched the tablet in 1982. I thought I would rekindle my past exposure to tablet computing, plus I like new technology.
I was like a little kid with an expensive toy! I played with it all day getting it all setup — installing Office, Norton’s, and various other applications. For the first few months, it was great. Cortina had a sexy voice. She listen to all my commands. She was thin, light weight, shiny — silver with a black border around the display with a black keyboard. I protected her with a carbon fiber skin. I purchased a tempered glass screen protector to protect her bright and gleaming face.
As the days, weeks, and months went by, I was feeling great about my purchase. One day, while working at Starbucks, a customer spilt a cup of water on my Surface Pro. The look on my face, reaction of the spillage, and the voice of “I’m so sorry” lasted a few milliseconds. My Surface did not miss a beat! Thank you Cortina and Surface Pro for not letting me down — what’s a little water?
One day, my Surface Pro was not feeling well. Cortina could hear me, but she could not feel my touch. Oh No! I did some research. I cleaned her, wiped her down, updated her drivers, and restarted her. (I followed these steps). She came back to life. Whew!
Two weeks later, my Surface Pro would not wake up. Wake up Cortina! Wake up Ms. Surface Pro. Please do something. Don’t let me down. I have a deadline I need to meet. I jumped on Microsoft’s website and found these instructions — disconnect everything, check my connectors for damage, reconnect everything, check power indicating light. I was checking everything looking for a sign of life — was her heart beating — flashing or solid. After a few hours searching for an answer, trying to revive her, she came back to life. I picked her up and kissed her. HELLO Cortina! Welcome back!
A month later, she stopped charging. I plugged her in every night before I go to bed. The next morning, I grabbed my sexy Surface Pro and put her into my backpack. Once I got to my clients site, I pulled her out and saw a notification “Plugged In, Not Charging”. Panic begun lurking within me. I only have 4% of battery life remaining. I have a two hour meeting. Good thing I’m a little old school. I always carry a small journal with me. And this time, it paid off. On my way back to the office, I stop at Best Buy to purchase a second 48 watt ac adapter. Hoping, I had a bad charger.
Once I’m back in my office, I jumped online, did a little research, and found these directions. My once loved, loyal device, is now starting to put fear in me. Will she let me down again? Will her speedy processor stop beating. Will her RAM stop remembering? Is it time to admit her to assisted living? I immediately pushed out those negative thoughts and forged forward with the newly found instructions –> Shut Down–>power connected–>charge for 30 minutes–>press and release the power button–>if same notification (Plugged In, Not charging”) Go to Step 2 –>device manager–>battery, etc….–>remove/update driver, –>restart–>shut down, remove/update driver–>restart–>uninstall. I’m exhausted! After all the trouble shooting, my baby came alive!
3 weeks later, a notification appeared — “your operating system has a corrupt file, unable to boot”, that was the tipping point in our relationship.
I’ve tried to be a friend. I’ve given you presents. I’ve dressed you up like a beautiful lady. I’ve kept you shinny. Don’t you remember those nights with a soft lint free cloth polishing your gleaming display? And those countless hours we stayed up together while you were ill? I always made sure your drivers were updated. In return, this is how you treat me? You let me down!
Today is the day I put you up on ebay and sell you to the highest bidder. I’m going back to my beloved Macbook Pro. I know she will always be there for me. I put her to sleep, she will wake up. I plug her in, she responds with a full charge. I forget her tiny little magnetic charger, she lasts the entire day. No more daily software update requests.
Cortina, its time that you and Norton get more involved. I’m existing this relationship with dignity.
I’m sorry. Please forgive me. I will never forget you.