July 17, 2005
Requiem for a 1st Generation iPod
When I first heard about Apple's iPod, back on October 23, 2001, I knew I had to have one. And I got one as soon as they came out and have loved it ever since. But alas, time has caught up with my dear old iPod. It has been severely abused, I'm sorry to admit, but it has always "Just Worked", with nary a problem.
It has been dropped onto concrete, several times. Had beer and various other things spilled on it, several times. Has been left in my Jeep on very hot days, several times. You get the idea. I was not a gentle master.
Over the last year of two it's started to show signs of old age and abuse catching up with it. I have had to wipe the disk and restore the software several times to get it in working order, but it always came back to life just fine.
I plugged it in to my Mac to sync it and when it started up I heard The Sound of Death. It's the sound you never, ever want to hear a hard disk make. I have heard it before. It's terrible and means utter doom. It is the sound of a hard crash, that condition where the disks, spinning at great speed, actually contact the drive heads, creating horrid, nasty gouges in the platters, turning what was one viable data to garbage.
I wept bitterly...
Then I got over it and bought a new 20GB iPod... Still, I will look fondly on my old iPod. I think I'll take it apart and mount it on the wall or something.
Posted by ed at July 17, 2005 8:40 PM
You aren't crying that hard. You've been dying for an excuse for a larger iPod.
Posted by: Lare at July 22, 2005 1:40 AM
All too true. :-)
Posted by: Ed at July 22, 2005 9:21 AM