October 6th, 2012
When I was still in high school, I wanted a laptop. By college, I was aching for one. I finally got a refurbished/used IBM
StinkThinkPad and I thought for a while, how awesome it was.
Then, I went to Ohio in 2004, roughly three years after I first got the StinkPad. It was slow. Cumbersome. Not up to the task of anything. And Michael, the man who called me and asked me to come work on the campaign had a beautiful, white unibody Mac.
I fell in love, for a variety of reasons. First off, the Mac users were the people that I had to help the least. We had Compaqs and Dells and HPs and all manner of laptops and people abusing them…. but the Mac users and their machines just held up.
So, when I got home, I asked for a new laptop for Christmas, the next year. I begged for a Mac, any kind of a Mac, but what I got, instead, was a monster: a Toshiba 17”. It was my Dad’s compromise: one of the most powerful laptops on the market, but it was just a beast of a machine.
It also overheated. Quite frequently. It’s apparently a known issue of the brand. And once it overheats, once, it overheats regularly. I even had the cooling fan replaced and it still overheated. After this happened one too many times, I finally got fed up, took the money I had and bought a top of the line MacBook Pro 17”.
And named him Keoki. Keoki’s name came about because his first name, initially, was George - until I met a Keoki who told me that his name was Hawaiian for “George” and, thus, I changed George’s name and, truth be told, Keoki suited him more.
Keoki and I “met” in June of 2007. We have had some awesome adventures and have worked some extremely long hours together. He’s been there through extreme joy, broken hearts, and everything in between. He’s been attached to my hip, for better or worse, for the last five years. He’s been a “friend”, because if you treat your electronic products right, they last longer and you don’t get frustrated by them as easily. At least, I’ve always noticed that to be the case.
Even my family knows to call “him” Keoki.
Over the past year and a half, though, Keoki has slowly been developing “issues”. At first, I had to replace his keyboard pad, because he, all of a sudden, decided he no longer liked me using the “?” key. Trust me, when you don’t have it available, you learn how much you use it. About six months later and earlier this summer, he decided he wanted to start playing keep away with CDs or DVDs, or rather, he just decided he wanted to keep them. The first time it happened, I panicked and had nearly all of the screws out of his casing before he decided he wanted to give me the disc back. And all of this would be moot, without the major heart failure I’ve had the times he’s just decided he didn’t want to wake up without major prodding. I’ve lived in fear that he had his last waking cycle a lot these past few months…
….and so, it’s time. It’s time to give Keoki a break. Over 5 years is a long time in the life cycle of a laptop, especially working for someone as demanding as I can be. (On my laptops.) So, while I can’t say where Keoki is retiring to, because prying eyes may see this blog and tell other tiny prying eyes about an eventual surprise, I am hopeful that Keoki will enjoy his new environment with a less demanding work load… while I welcome and get to know Akitsu.