Old Faithful 1

My “old faithful – 1” died today, after 12 years of faithful service. We have been through thick and thin and I do miss my old faithful. It has helped in writing my Ph. D. Thesis, satiating my addiction for computer games, web designing, surfing and IRC, helped me in huge poster designs, enabled me to edit and design numerous magazines and newsletters, mementos, certificates, wallpapers, tshirts, bookmarks, logos, banners,letterheads and write invitations for several programs, wedding invitations (including mine), letters and correspondences, assignments, essays, articles for magazines and books and so on – just to mention a few.

It is my HP Pavillion d2000 laptop.

The night before we met
I couldn’t sleep. I tossed and turned. My heart felt as if it was trying to break free from my chest. I was so anxious for the sun to come up. It was indeed a long wait.

The day we met
I still remember the day we met. It was the first of May, 2005, a sultry day in New Delhi. My “zawlpa” Noel and I took a rickshaw from JNU to Nehru Place and we spent half the day looking for it. The moment we met, I absolutely fell in love with it. I knew then and there that I NEEDED to have it. And so, the purchase was made. I shelled out 50,000 for it. It was one of the happiest days of my life.

The next 12 years
It was a partnership made in heaven. It touched lives (probably saved some too) because of all that it has produced. I completed my secular studies through it, I edited, published at least 5 monthly magazines and weekly newsletters the last 12 years with it. Magazines and newsletters aside, it helped me design hundreds of banners, letterheads, invitation cards, brochures, placards, posters, programs, logos, websites, mementos and certificates. I also recorded, converted, merged, cut and exported hundreds of mp3s and other music formats; watched at least 500 movies; saved, downloaded, uploaded pictures, files, programs and apps, and videos; and completed assignments, presentations, spreadsheets, sermons, articles and others. I could go on and on and on and on.

But of late, it got sick, I guess because of old age. It got slow and became erratic. However, I got no one else, and I continued letting it gallop. The screen began to flicker a year ago, but I managed to keep the flicker under control by pressing the bottom of the screen. But then, the problem did not go away. I have to press the bottom screen every time I turn it on.

The day it left me
It was yesterday that I tried turning it on. I waited and waited, but nothing happened. I thought, “it is simply slow because it’s too old.” As it took forever, I inspected every thing that I knew of to inspect. Alas, the diagnosis is that it is dead! There was no ceremony, but i grieved its death really seriously and painfully.

Now
Now, what am going to do? What about all the assignments that are to come? What will I do without you? It’s hard typing this from my 5 inch mobile. How harder it will be when serious and pressing works are needed to be done?

RIP OLD FAITHFUL 1.

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Old Faithful 1

Back to 2012

I just had a harrowing experience: my phone went dead… for FIVE DAYS!

It all began one fine day when I had the sudden urge to change the ROM of my phone.

My relationship with my phone began in January 2012. It’s a Samsung GT S5360. For all those noobs out there, it’s a Samsung Galaxy Y (or Young), one of the early smartphones. But don’t be too quick to judge the phone. In its heyday, it was THE phone.

Anyways, I began to use the phone. Due to the limited internal space, I had to ‘root’ the phone so that I can have superuser status over it. The rooting part was easy, and there was no problem. I used it for three more years without having any issues. The ‘net speed was good, it is a reliable little phone.

Then, I decided to change the ROM. A friend who had a phone just like me had changed the ROM. I also wanted to have the sleek style and look-feel of the phone. And so, we flashed a recovery and the new ROM. Sorry to disappoint, it all went smoothly. I had a new ROM (Cyanogen mod or something like that), upgraded from Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) to 4.2 (Kitkat). For the next few months, I used it. Then, I wanted more…

I downloaded several recovery mods, kernels and beautiful ROMs and began experimenting them with my phone. I then experimented with Hyperion 9, then with Meego UI, CD Future 8.2 and others. They were nice ones. I experimented with Lillipop, Kitkat, Jellybread and so on. CD Future was the best. But then I realized that though the internet was working fine, I could not make phone calls. I flashed and re-flashed more ROMs the next few days.

Then, on that fateful day, I flashed the wrong recovery (meant for another phone). Now I had flashed one too many ROMs. The phone that I had been with was no longer under my control. I could not mount the system, could not format the system and could not start it anymore. It got stuck in the Samsung Logo for eons. The harrowing experience had begun.

Borrowing my wife’s phone, I scoured and scrounged the net to see what happened to my poor old phone. I began to realize that it had been ‘bricked,’ soft bricked to be precise. I followed all the tutorials that were prescribed for bricked phones, but to no avail. I flashed even more recovery mods. Over the next four days, I tried connecting my phone via USB to my PC. But the PC wouldn’t detect my phone (It’s dead, how can it be detected?). I tried connecting in Odin mode, but failed miserably. I waited for hours to see if my phone gets detected. Meanwhile, I had downloaded this and that file from websites here and there and used up ridiculous amount of money to download these things. Some of those that I downloaded were: S5360_DDMD1_ODDMD1_DDMD1_wipe_by_SplitFUS2, Samsung USB drivers, Samsung Kies, Odin (all versions) and many more CWMs.

Still, my PC couldn’t detect my phone. I tried using other laptops, even a Mac Book (where I installed Heimdall or something). I changed my USB wire, used different USB ports and continued to fail and I gave up… for a few hours. Thinking that there might be people who would want to know whatever had happened to me, I took out my SIM card and tried to insert it into my wife’s phone (which had two SIM card slots). But unfortunately, her phone required a micro SIM card. Then, I decided to cut the SIM card mesself with a scissor. I did just that. But alas! The teeny weenie copper points on the second SIM card slot were broken. What a bad day! Now I am left with a phone that refuses to start, and a SIM card that cannot be inserted. I tried repairing the SIM card slot with some wires, but still couldn’t make it to work.

A day passes by… and the night also passes by. During the night, I had a dream (No, not like Marthin Luther Jr’s). In my dream, I tried the odin mode of downloading the stock kernel and firmware and succeeded, thrice. I woke up to realize that it was just a dream, and may never come true.

January 11, 2016 toiled on. In the evening, I began to tinker with the phone. Realising that this is an old phone, I cleaned the phone, especially the part where you charge and insert the USB wire. My my, it was filled with pieces of the earth and tiny pieces of wood. While cleaning it, I told my wife, “Hieng dam hi ka ring vel ta mei mei a nih – Now I am pinning the whole thing on this.” But after cleaning it up, I entered into Odin Mode in my Samsung phone, connected the USB wire to my PC, opened Samsung Kies and Odin3 1.85 and Odin 3.07. Something happened. The PC told me that it is installing a Samsung CDC USB Driver. But then, the install failed. I tried reinstalling that failed driver by pointing it to the Samsung Kies folder, turned off the phone and boot it into Odin Mode again. Then the miracle happened. Odin detected my phone and so does Kies. I didn’t shout ‘Halleluiah” but I almost did.

Choosing Odin3 1.85, I installed the Samsung Stock ROM (the original software that came with the phone). It took less than five minutes to install it from my PC. Then, the phone restarted, just like it did when I bought it in 2012. Now I am back to 2012, no more new ROMS, just the original apps.

I’ve so far installed several apps that I use every day. The internal space is getting low. I need more apps. I’ve ‘rooted’ the phone once again.

One big hurdle over. Another one begins. How am I supposed to insert my SIM into my phone. I had it cut up, and had somehow spoilt it. I had cut a little too much. Using another SIM that no longer works, I cut a hole just enough to fit my main SIM card into it, glued it to it and then tried inserting it. But noooo, the phone cannot detect it. Now, the SIM card is gone, and for nothing. I didn’t know what to do, so I went to the shop to order a new SIM with a new number.

The next day, that is today, I played with the SIM card, made some adjustments on the edges and somehow managed to bring it back to life. Whew! But the order for a new SIM card has been placed and what am I going to do with a new SIM Card?

Now, I have named my phone as “Old Faithful 2.” What is Old Faithful 1? That’s another story.

PS: If anyone needs help resuscitating their old Android phone from being bricked, I think I can help now.

Back to 2012

Fishing and Movies

Don’t get me wrong. I still love to fish. The saying, “If I am not fishing, I am thinking of it,” is true! To me, a day well spent depends on whether I am fishing or not.

I love watching movies too. During the small gaps between my ‘fishing thoughts’ and other thoughts, I sometimes watch movies.

But having to leave all my fishing gear and my favourite fishing spot for a whole year was quite tough. But I did, and I survived; and I am going back home, to my fishes.

This survival depends mostly on redirecting my thoughts and time to movies, if you ask me. It’s not that watching movies has become a new passion (what a scary thought!). Noooo, I am simply adjusting and adapting to my new environment where there is no time, place and gear to fish.

And so, from June 2014, I began. At first, I didn’t think of recording those that I have seen. But after a couple of months, as the storylines, titles, actors and scenes began to mesh together in my mind, I started recording the titles just for the sake of it. I might have forgotten to record a few, but I think most of them are here. They range from the most pathetic and ridiculous to the best anyone can ever produce.

June 2014 to December 2014

  1. Pirates of the Caribbean
  2. POC: Dead Man’s Chest
  3. POC: At World’s End
  4. POC: On Stranger Tide
  5. Transformers 4 Age of Extinction
  6. Mission Impossible 1
  7. MI2
  8. MI3
  9. MI4
  10. Forbidden Ground
  11. Dead man down
  12. Oblivion
  13. Frozen
  14. Once upon a time in Shanghai
  15. Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit
  16. Heaven is for real
  17. Elysium
  18. GI Joe: Rise of the Cobra
  19. The Amazing Spiderman
  20. The Edge of Tomorrow
  21. Stalingrad
  22. Enemy Closer
  23. Hamilton: In the interest of the nation
  24. Pompeii
  25. Noah
  26. The expendables 3
  27. Lockout
  28. Mind Hunters
  29. Captain Philips
  30. The East
  31. The Great Raid
  32. The Patrol
  33. The Brass Teapot
  34. The colony
  35. How to train your dragon 1
  36. How to train your dragon 2 (Cinema)
  37. Red Heat 2
  38. World War Z
  39. The wolf of wall street
  40. Drive Angry
  41. El Gringo
  42. Winter’s Tale
  43. The Raven
  44. The Legendary tomb of the dragon
  45. The reluctant fundamentalist
  46. The Physician
  47. The Machine
  48. Thor: The dark World
  49. Boys of Abu Ghraib
  50. Combustion
  51. Extraction
  52. Home front
  53. Hours
  54. John Rabe
  55. No One Lives
  56. Robocop (2014)
  57. Epic
  58. 5 days of war
  59. Tokarev
  60. A Beautiful Mind
  61. Centurion
  62. The Reaping
  63. Parker
  64. The Frozen Ground
  65. Non-Stop
  66. The princess and her warriors
  67. Prisoners
  68. Transcendence
  69. Unknown
  70. God’s not dead
  71. 47 Ronin
  72. Twilight 1
  73. Twilight 2
  74. Twilight 3
  75. Twilight 4
  76. Twilight 5
  77. Gaddafi: Our Best Enemy (Documentary)
  78. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
  79. Jarhead 2: Field of fire
  80. X-Men Origins: Wolverine
  81. X-Men: First Class
  82. The Proposal
  83. Maleficent
  84. Mary Kom (Cinema)
  85. Safe Haven
  86. The Possession
  87. The Escapist
  88. Young Detective Dee: Rise of the sea dragon
  89. The Conjuring
  90. Jungle Child
  91. Rurouni Kenshin
  92. Gallowwalkers
  93. The Legend of Hercules
  94. Godzilla (2014)
  95. The Raid 2
  96. Scenic Route
  97. Cold Eyes (Korean, eugh!)
  98. Birth of Israel (Docu)
  99. Lone Survivor
  100. Divergent
  101. Lincoln
  102. 12 years a slave
  103. The prince
  104. The Godfather 1
  105. The Godfather 2
  106. The Godfather 3
  107. Dead Mine
  108. The White Storm (Chinese)
  109. Lucy
  110. Emperor
  111. The Double
  112. The November Man
  113. The Nut Job
  114. Annabelle
  115. Rango
  116. Coriolanus
  117. Puss in Boots
  118. Killer Elite
  119. Escape from Planet Earth
  120. Hercules (2014)
  121. Quick Gun Murugun
  122. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
  123. Deliver us from evil
  124. Megamind
  125. Back to the Future 1
  126. Back to the Future 2
  127. Back to the Future 3
  128. Warrior
  129. Sabotage
  130. A most wanted man
  131. A million ways to die in the west
  132. Falcon Rising
  133. Automata
  134. Babylon AD
  135. Guardians of the Galaxy
  136. Empire of the Wolves
  137. Sniper: Legacy
  138. Snowpiercer
  139. Dracula Untold
  140. Jinn
  141. The Cross and the Switchblade
  142. Battle Los Angeles
  143. Riddick
  144. Getaway
  145. Sex Tape
  146. Jamesy Boy
  147. Gravity
  148. Let’s Play Cops
  149. Playing it Cool
  150. Fury
  151. The Maze Runner
  152. In the Blood
  153. When the game stands tall
  154. The theory of everything
  155. Safe House
  156. Left behind
  157. Predestination
  158. Public Enemies
  159. The outsider
  160. Dying of the light
  161. A good day to die hard
  162. 3 days to kill
  163. Seeking Justice
  164. Young ones
  165. Tormented
  166. Collateral
  167. Pathfinder

From 2015 till 19 April 2015

  1. If I stay (eugh!)
  2. 1612
  3. The Calling
  4. Stonehearst Asylum
  5. The Salvation
  6. Iron Clad
  7. The Snow Walker
  8. Bullet
  9. The Thing
  10. Kingdom of Heaven
  11. Outlaw Prophet: Warren Jeffs
  12. Broken City
  13. The Lucky One
  14. The Hornet’s Nest
  15. Reclaim
  16. Run like hell (what a horrible movie!)
  17. Penguins of Madagascar
  18. The Grand Budapest Hotel
  19. American Sniper
  20. Stretch
  21. Wolfhound
  22. Dumb and Dumber to
  23. John Wick
  24. Jessabelle
  25. Scorpion King: Quest for power
  26. The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
  27. The Dark Valley
  28. Oba: The last samurai
  29. Kungfu Jungle
  30. Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring
  31. Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers
  32. Lord of the Rings: Return of the King
  33. Outcast
  34. The monuments men
  35. The Berlin File
  36. American Heist
  37. X-Men: Days of future past
  38. Taken 3
  39. The Flash
  40. The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug
  41. Savages
  42. ‘71
  43. Bhopal: Prayer for Rain
  44. Beneath Hill 60
  45. District 13: Ultimatum
  46. Kite
  47. Plastic
  48. Unbroken
  49. Out of the furnace
  50. The Purge: Anarchy
  51. Houdini
  52. Silent Night (2002)
  53. The Guvnors
  54. Wild Card
  55. Cat 8
  56. Joyeux Noel
  57. Nightcrawler
  58. Shinobi: Heart under blade
  59. The Best of Me
  60. Assassin (2014)
  61. Allies
  62. The Hobbit: The battle of the 5 armies
  63. Tracers
  64. Daredevil
  65. Texas Killing Fields
  66. Switch (Chinese)
  67. Tomorrow when the war began
  68. Taken 1
  69. Taken 2
  70. Serena
  71. Forrest Gump
  72. Jack the giant slayer
  73. Snow White and the huntsman
  74. The Call
  75. Black Sea
  76. War of the arrows
  77. Dragon Blade
  78. The hunger games: Mockingjay
  79. Fast and Furious 7
  80. Last Knights
  81. Seventh Son
  82. Focus
  83. Interstellar
  84. The water diviner
  85. Exodus: Gods and kings

Well, that’s it. I am an action/sci-fi movie fan. On my ‘to watch list’ are still the following:

  1. The Terminator, the full series (Haven’t seen them? Nawww, I’ve probably seen them at least 20 times, but as I haven’t seen them for a whole year, I’m thinking of watching the whole series again)
  2. The Star Wars, the full series, not just the Triology and the Prequels (seen them too)
  3. Band of brothers mini-series, all the eleven parts (seen them 3 times before)

Wish me luck!

Fishing and Movies

An eventful year (so far)

When was my last blog update? Hmmm…. ah, errr, ummmm….

Waitaminit! I can just visit my blog and see the post (darn the slow processor up there!).

Well, it has been two years, 10th April, 2012 to be exact! The last post was about Abraham and some old fellow. Heh heh.

Just like him, I am now married, and I am about to undergo a most heartbreaking journey of my life. But let’s start at the beginning.

January 6, 2014: Went fishing. Caught a couple of pencil-sized fishes.

January 8, 2014: Got married.

A new life, a new chapter began from that day on. I know that I am supposed to add some photos of the wedding day. I don’t know how to do it right now. But I will try it later, when I am finished with this post. And, if I forget to delete these sentences after uploading the pictures, just remember that I have a slow processor up there.

The preparation was the most hectic part. The customary practices eventually made me feel like an item that was to be sold. My opinion was neither needed nor taken into account. All decisions were made by the relatives whom I haven’t even met.

At least, they didn’t marry me to another person. I’m really thankful for that.

To cut a long story short, I got married!

How is married life? Well, it’s different from being single. Hah.

For example:

1. You need to get your passport properly stamped before you can go out of the house. The visa, of course, expires within an hour.
2. If you plan to go fishing on Saturday, you have to start buttering the certain someone from Monday.
3. You need to take a bath everyday (brrrrr) and wash your feet every time you go to bed.
4. There must always be enough water in the bathroom.
5. All your phone calls are recorded and analysed; your internet activity carefully monitored. In a sentence: the FBI is watching you.
6. I didn’t have any doctor’s phone number before. Now, I do.
7. Clothes must be clean and ironed.

The list could go on… But, as you can see from number 5, I have to be careful.

On the other hand, it is said that you can also live like a king too. But I still haven’t quite mastered that art so far.

Moving on…

A painful journey ahead: Now, I am about to leave home.

Why? I have to be there at Pune, Maharashtra, India.

Why? To study Bachelor of Divinity (BD).

Why? Ahh, too may whys. Lemme explain: I started working in the Independent Church of India in January 2012. After being in the Headquarters for a little over two years, the Executive Council of the Church decided that I should go for further studies. On the last week of January 2014, I went to Dimapur to give the entrance examination and attend the interview. In a few weeks, I heard the news that I was selected for admission. And so, here I am preparing to leave…

Flight tickets are for May 29, 2014. Would reach Pune on the same day.

Classes would begin on June 9, 2014.

The BD course would be over in 2018. That’s four years!

What is so heartbreaking about that? Well, I have to leave home; leave my aged father behind (he’s 77), all alone. So far, I haven’t had the courage to even think about it.

I will be missing my father, home and friends. I will, of course, miss my favourite fishing spot too.

An eventful year so far!

An eventful year (so far)

Far away from meeting Abraham

My brother recently updated his blog (ruolngulworld.wordpress.com) with the title “Meeting Abraham”. This update inspired me to update mine with this current title in order to clarify a few things about me. Hehe.

He’s my brother all right, but he’s way ahead of me in years. Clarification number one. You see, Adam lived for more than nine hundred years. His firstborn and the son born to him when he was, say, 600 years old were not of the same age, though they were brothers. I’m not insinuating that we are 500 years apart, but there’s the thing. At this moment of time, I’ll probably need a telescope (the kind used by astronomers) to see a microscopic image of Abraham.

He’s married. I’m not. Clarification number two. Married men feel old very soon.

He feels hot easily because the threadlike structures on the head of human beings are becoming less in numbers for him. What happens to people such as these? They are nearing Abraham. Clarification number three.

What does all these mean?

Firstly, it means that I’m still very young.

Secondly, (ahem!) this is good news for the girls. Psst, my phone number is…. my Gtalk ID is… my FB profile is…

Thirdly, I can style my hair as you like it.

Fourthly, uh oh… I need time to think. I think I’m also getting old, I can’t think as fast as I need to.

Is that Abraham? That moustache, that balding hair… Father Abraham! Am I seeing you? Am I meeting you? Already?

Uh oh, no, not yet, that’s not Abraham yet. That’s my brother. I am proud of him.

Far away from meeting Abraham