Posts Tagged ‘problems’

It’s that time of year again.
Time to clean up my PC and move everything I absolutely need to my external hard-drive, which sadly, only fits 120 GB of information.
Yes, I am well aware that this as a lot of space, but I have over three thousand high resolution photos and over six thousand mp3 files. That’s not going into all my research and PowerPoint presentations covering the span of around five years.
And since I have only 120 GB, I have to be very choosy.
Thus begin the questions.

The simplest way to get rid of everything

Do I need the entire Lil’ Wayne album that I once reviewed for the college newspaper and absolutely hated? Do I still need the files I used while researching Portugal’s position on the Digital Divide from when I was a delegate at MUN in 2007? How many times should I watch the episodes of Gossip Girl, Grey’s Anatomy and Glee? Does the software for The Sims 1 (I kid you not) still work on my laptop?
The most likely answers would be No, No, None, No.
Which means that I should just hit delete and throw all of those away into the virtual trash.
But the notion of disposing of things takes me back to a launching event I attended less than a week ago at the UNESCO palace. To sum things up, the launching event was for an awareness campaign entitled Think Before You Throw that’s part of this solid waste management plan done in collaboration with several ministries in Lebanon. I was there because of my major and it was an assignment to assess whether this project would succeed or not (Note: It won’t).
Basically, it’s all about encouraging local communities to sort their household solid wastes at the source of generation instead of at the facilities, in order to save upon costs, energy, and space in the landfills. After all, there’s so much that could be done with recyclable material. Here’s one example that could have a very positive impact on our lives and on the environment in general.

The actual problem

Now you may be wondering why I’m likening the dumping of solid wastes to the deletion of several electronic files. You’re right, there’s nothing crystal-clear common between the two. After all, mass-deleting e-files will not have the same effect on the environment as disposing a kilogram of trash every day. But it’s about the logic. If we assume that throwing things away is no longer a problem because it’s so similar to just clicking delete, our problems are only going to get grander and unsolvable.
Reality is still a far place from the E-world and we must remember that.

A very, very common scene

It’s early in the morning and I’m in a service, on my way to yet another exhaustive day of classes. In the front seat, a young man is sitting, clutching his phone as though it was a lifeline. But he’s not waiting for that call to rescue him, he’s just waiting for his friend to reply to his Blackberry message (BBM).
I sit in class, trying to take down notes, but my stream of thoughts is interrupted by that loud *ding* that erupts from the other side of the classroom. The professor just looks, gives that usual “put away your phone” look, before continuing with the explanation.
I go to lunch with a bunch of friends but any form of social interaction is abolished when the “Blackberrys” in their wildly colored cases come out. Talk is restricted to just asking for the napkins or the ketchup to be passed around.
It’s everywhere you go and it just won’t do. The BBM fad has taken over Lebanon in a wave that’s origins are hard to detect. One moment, we were debating if the iPhone trumps the standard Nokia phones we all have, and the next, we began to throw around words like Curve, Mini-curve, and Bold. We also upgraded from exchanging phone numbers to emails, and now to the BB Pins (also now part of the BB owner’s identity).
The true irony, however, is that this tool, for lack of better word, was invented for businessmen, not mere college students. But just like everything else, we had to take a simple item and abuse it to the extremes.

Blackberry Bold: Be Annoying

On countless occasions, the people who have no interest whatsoever in this fad have had to tell their addicted friends to cool it down, resulting in several problems.
And let’s not begin to talk about the number of accidents that happen each year on the road because of texting or talking. Do we really need this one more thing to add to our already sky-high death rates?
I say no.
A phone, contrary to popular belief, is used to call people. That’s right, the good old fashioned talk. And it should fit in the pocket of your favorite pair of jeans so that it won’t get lost amongst the many, many items you have in your purse.
But then the text messaging came, and we integrated that into our daily lives. Then, in rapid succession, cameras, mp3 players, mobile internet, and other advanced technologies were added, and we just grinned and deemed them necessary.
But they’re not. Otherwise we wouldn’t have cameras, iPods, laptops, and hard drives.
Trying to improve on the functionality is only driving us to insane addictions to a piece of technology that could not be bigger than the palm of a hand.
It’s not like our phone rates are peanuts. Lebanon, as a matter of fact, is ranked as one of the most expensive countries in terms of phone services. That is not something to boast about.
I am the proud owner of a Motoralla Razr V3i, which used to be all the rage when it came out. It’s a hand-me-down, but I don’t really mind it. It has had more knocks and bumps than what a normal phone should be subjected to, but it continues to work perfectly. Plus, the options are simple and easy to deal with.

The most resistant phone yet

I doubt that the latest limited edition Blackberry will operate in the same way. It is a bureaucratic operation all in one single phone, with the interfaces and menus requiring hours of reading the manual.
The trend, unfortunately, is at its high time now, with more people than ever buying into it. And sadly, BBM is now a verb, along the likes of Google and Facebook. For the anti-BB people, there is nothing to be done but ride out the storm.
It will be all over in 6 months tops.