Well, now.

After I bought my new PDA and transferred most (but not all) of my information to it, I put the old one aside and told myself that I'd play around with the new one for a few days, then come back to the old one to complete the transfer of miscellaneous information.

Then, surprise, surprise, I procrastinated.

This morning, it occurred to me that given how long the old PDA's been sitting in that particular corner of the dining table, it would probably need to be recharged, especially since its battery didn't have very much of a life anymore. And it occurred to me that mayhaps the battery had fully discharged to the point that all the data on the PDA might've been lost.

I recharged it anyway --- all day, in fact --- and just turned it on just now. Indeed, the loud and annoying greeting tones confirmed my worst fears: it was responding as if there'd been a hard reset, i.e. as if it was being turned on for the very first time. (Insert your own "Like A Virgin" joke here.) A couple of taps of the stylus later (dirty!), it was obvious that I was dealing with a blank slate. All the programs remained but no data.

The main thing I lost was all the calendar/datebook entries prior to August this year. So if anyone asks me what I was doing at such-and-such a time in the past few years, I'm going to be stumped for a response. A lot of it was mundane shit --- meeting with so-and-so at some-boring-venue-or-other, remember to bring something-or-other, send out car payment, that sorta thing --- but what's life without such minutiae, right? For all the good moments, we have our memories and maybe our blogs. For the mundanities, I had my PDA, in case I ever wondered what I used to do in previous jobs or wanted to look up the last time a friend from overseas was in town.

I feel a little pang.


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At 10/24/2005 4:00 am , Blogger wahj said...

Don't suppose your calendar was backed-up, either to Palm Desktop or iCal?

I find it a bit eerie to read my old calendars: work items and deadlines from 2001 rear their ugly heads and surprise me, and it's depressing to be reminded of how mundane the things that fill up a year are.

At 10/24/2005 5:56 am , Blogger stellou said...

cheh! who ask you. my moleskine never crashes. hahaha

At 10/24/2005 5:56 am , Blogger stellou said...

sorry. just to say that ALSO i can put stickers in it. :-D

At 10/24/2005 6:47 am , Blogger ampulets said...

the same thing happened to me right after i lost my mobilephone...both phonelists gone! makes me think i should go back to pen-paper. but then again, i can play bejewelled and other games on the PDA during those dull meetings and actually look like i'm taking notes ;>

At 10/24/2005 12:26 pm , Blogger cour marly said...

I never quite got the hang of using a PDA's agenda functions. No discipline lah. But I do use the way groovy hipster PDA...

At 10/24/2005 12:30 pm , Blogger Tym said...

wahj > No, backing up would've been the sensible, non-procrastinatory approach. All lost, all gone.

Stellou/cour marly > Yah, yah, I is too reliant on advanced technology for mah own good.

ampulets > Sneaky! I always thought playing a game looks damn obvious?

At 10/27/2005 3:38 am , Anonymous Anonymous said...

If it's any consolation, the new Palm PDAs all use flash memory, which no longer loses the information stored inside it if your battery runs dry!


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