Something in my shoulder bag was beeping as I came into work this morning. It wasn’t a steady beep, just a faint, single beeeeeeep every three or four minutes.
It was driving me crazy. I looked at every gadget in my bag and couldn’t see anything going on with any of them:
- Digital camera
- Digital video camera
- Palm Zire 72
- iPod Nano
- Two Sandisk thumb drives (they don’t even have the ability to beep)
- Mobile phone
Nothing. None of them said or did anything when I looked at them, so I packed it all up and two minutes later I again heard “beep” from somewhere inside the bag.
At least that’s not as bad as when it happens in the middle of the night. How many times have I gotten out of bed at 4:00 A.M because something in the house is going “beep” but only once every six or seven minutes? That’s far worse because it keeps you up and you have so many more gadgets to check:
- Three digital cameras
- Two desktop computers
- Cable modem and wireless router
- Two mobile phones
- Three wireless landline phones
- Two Palm Zire 72s
- Two iPods
- Five or more digital clocks
- Three smoke detectors
- Two component stereo setups
- Radios all over the house
You need to stand in front of every gadget for five minutes to see if it’s the source of the beeping. Not a fun way to pass the wee hours.
Finally, I figured out what, in my bag, was beeping. It was my phone, making a beep I’ve never heard before. I hadn’t noticed when I checked earlier that the outside screen was showing an icon of a phone with an arrow pointing to it and a bunch of numbers. I open the phone expecting an explanation, but it went back to the regular screen and everything was normal again. I closed the phone, the mysterious message was gone, and it never came back.
That’s one of the problems with all of these gadgets. Each one behaves as if its the only one that matters. My phone, for example, asuming its the only thing I own that beeps, and then giving me a perplexing and unknowable message that disappears and never comes back. This is progress?
Oh, to think how hard life was before we had all these modern conveniences.