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I got this in an email today, and decided to share it with you. I have no idea who the original author was, but its a great story


Imana eburu ozu onye ozo, odika ebu nku. I guess you are wondering why someone would start an article in Igbo, I’m wondering same. In recent times, I have seen people ask or tweet: “Why are young people dying?” The truth is, people, young or old die everyday, but because these people are not related to us or are not in the limelight, we often don’t know about their deaths.

Everybody is loved by someone and pray never to lose the people they care about. Back in Uni, a particular girl came to school and acquired a lifestyle that was popular in school even though her family could not afford the lifestyle. She lied about everything from the colour of her favorite panties to the colour of their gate at home. She claimed her parents lived abroad and only saw her during the holidays.

She deprived her parents the opportunity of seeing her during holidays, as she would rather spend her holidays with her new found friends who stay in Lagos instead of travelling to Mgbidi to help her mother in the farm. After some time, when her mother couldn’t reach her, she decided to go visit her in Enugu. She packed fruits and Corn in a brown Akpa Rice and took the usual Wagon from Mgbidi to Enugu State.

On getting to the University, she went to the Business Management Department and someone directed her to Lady Ibiam Hall. Equipped with the correct room number, she took yet another Okada from “Abuja” to Lady Ibiam. The potters sent someone to inform her that her mother was around, gist went round the hostel and a small concerned crowd gathered to meet the much talked about mother of a happening UNEC chic.

She came out with her roommate and saw the fine elderly woman dressed in a gown carrying a black bag and a brown “Akpa rice” filled with Oka, Ube and food ingredients. Standing there, was her mother and when she saw her daughter, she called out “Ukachi”, her native name which she thought was uncool and had changed her name to “Stacy” She didn’t want people to know that she has been lying about her background, so she did what she thought was right. She said,

“Please who are you? You are not my mother and I don’t know you. This is how you crazy people will be going about claiming other people’s children”

Chai..

Without waiting for the woman to say something, she walked back to her room. The woman waited, cried and sat down hoping she would have a change of heart. Ukachi didn’t come back out Her mother was asked to leave by the porters when she couldn’t prove that she was Stacy’s mother. With nowhere to stay in Enugu, the woman ended up taking a night bus to Mgbidi. That was the last time she saw Ukachi and the family she left behind in Mgbidi. The bus had an accident and nobody survived.

Ukachi’s mother died heart broken and unsure of what took place in Enugu. When the news finally got to ‘Stacy’, she broke down and cried. She opened up and blamed herself for killing her mother. Stacy broke the heart of a woman who loved her. She broke her mother’s heart and will never get the opportunity of asking her for forgiveness.

Different people love us and we’ve also loved different people but in some cases, we always shy away from letting people know how much they mean to us. Some of us have been in relationships where we’ve treated our partners badly but have never thought of going back to apologize to them even though we know that we took their love for granted. Everyday people get into relationships with other people just for the sole purpose of using them for selfish gains. The way life is structured, nobody really knows their last days on earth and because of this simple reason, it is wise to acknowledge those that love you and treat them right.

We cannot choose our parents and I also don’t think any parents came to the world with the purpose of becoming unsuccessful. We all have a dream; they had one and probably still do. They may not have made it in life like Dangote but they gave you what no one else could have given you – LIFE.

Love your parents; take good care of them in their old age. Complain less about them. Be kind to people so that when you are old and weak, people will take care of you without wickedness in their hearts. Don’t be in a haste to share bad news; everything bad is a loss to someone. So after reading this, take out time today to tweet, call, sms or hug someone you love.

When we are no longer here, we would only be remembered by our deeds.

This goes out to the ones we love.

A really touching story yeah? And the thing is that it happens. It might sound cruel, but it really happens. Please show some love to the people you care about, and don’t forget to tell them that they mean a lot to you [In addition to sharing this too..LOL..]

Have lovely days ahead

YouKay.

*If you are unsure of some of the words contained in this post, please drop a comment, I’ll be glad to define them for you*

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The Evolution of MADNESS [Part 1]

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The iPhone queue

The iPhone Queue - (Photocredit Guardian)

30 years ago, if you told your grandparents that one day, you would be able to send a letter from your home and send it to your aunty who lives in a far side of the world within a time span of 30 seconds, i bet they’ll just confirm you as a powerful witch or wizard.

25 years ago, if you told your parents that one day, you could talk to your uncle who hasn’t come home from abroad for years via a small palm sized device, then you’ll be considered as extremely confused or insanely stupid.

20 years ago, if you were sitting among your peers, and told them that not only could you talk to your aunty abroad, but see her as she is preparing her dinner of chilli con carne, I’m pretty sure they’ll be whispering among themselves “that’s the crazy one among us“.

10 years ago, tell someone to excuse you so you can gist with your phone, I’m sure the person will never talk to you again.

Last week, Apple Inc. released the iPhone 4S in some countries around the world, and Mac fangirls and fanboys queued for days just to be in line to get a sleek but complicated block of aluminum. I heard the first guy to get into one of the stores was on the line for 10 days. How jobless can someone be! SMH. Well, IMHO, this new iPhone is a great advancement in technology not only because it packs the new iOS5 or shoots video in high-definition, but it also comes with a virtual personal assistant and packs all this power in a thin body. Well, I’m not here to talk about the iPhone, you can find more of it on the Apple site or for less biased information, check PC Mag’s review site. I’m here to talk about Siri.

First off, What is Siri?

Siri is a personal assistant originally developed by some good software developers, then bought off by Apple Inc. and revamped for shipment with the iOS5 (according to Apple, it is only available for the iPhone 4S, but i know there are guys who would find a way of modding it into their iPhone 4s). Well, Siri was bought off its developers for a pretty large sum of money after the developers announced that they wanted to make it available for more phone softwares (the Blackberry OS and the Android OS). We all know Apple to be quite selfish though. I think you can refer to Siri as an inanimate but extremely animate thing (don’t mind my use of opposites here). Siri can be a ‘He’ or ‘She’. It depends on where you are though. In the UK, I hear Siri’s voice is male. In the US, I hear Siri’s voice is female. Well, who cares? I would prefer a female PA either ways. so from now on, I’ll just keep on referring to Siri as the female gender. LOL.

Siri takes in stuff you would normally say to a human being and gives out feasible answers. You can ask her for the weather, traffic conditions in a certain part of the city, simple mathematical stuff and more. She can also book you appointments, play your favorite tracks, alert you when the timer you told her to set previously is up. She sends emails, text messages, has an attitude, and packs some rounds of humor. She can even be likened to a virtual house girl who of course, cannot wash your clothes or put on the TV for you (although she might do that sometime in the future..lol.. You know, it’s an Apple thing, you WILL need to have Apple TV for her to be able to press ON :x).

The downside here is that Siri doesn’t work outside the United States and the UK yet, and yes, Siri doesn’t understand everything. according to Apple though, she is still in beta state, and improvements will be made on her soon. Siri doesn’t always do what you tell her to do too sha, she sure has a ‘mind’ of her own. LOL.. You can feed your eyes on The Apple Siri Ad. Here’s a really funny spoof of Siri on Mac that I found.

Seriously though, I can’t imagine people sitting down on park benches in the UK, all of them talking to their phones, actually gisting. It’s a wide state of accepted madness. Where I come from, a general definition of someone who is mad is someone who speaks to inanimate things and interacts with it as if it were a real person and also eats stuff he/she picks from the bins. Well, does the iPhone have a life? Does it breathe air? Does it eat food? Does it fall in love with you even though you love it so much? LOL! It would soon become madness on a global scale.

*Disclaimer*: This does not mean I would not join in on the madness if I could afford it

Since the iPhone 4S came out last week, and people have gotten their hands on it, they are experimenting with a whole lot of questions on this Siri babe oh! Search for ‘Siri’ on twitter and if your eyes are stable enough to read through about a million people’s ‘hundred and forty characters’, you’ll definitely come across some screenshots of Siri at work (Lest i forget, when you speak to Siri, she replies both in voice and in text). Well, I have gone through the trouble to save you from hurting your eyes and have come up with some really nice ones, which show Siri’s funny – and not so funny – side

The text enclosed in quotation marks is what the user said. Enjoy!

Thanks to STSS and Siri + Me for the images. You should check out their sites for updated screenshots

The Pacification of BB users

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Last week, for more than two days, RIM (the company behind this great but evil device called The Blackberry™) suffered a server outage that left more than 70 million active subscribers unable to access BBM, internet, email and internet connected apps. My original post on that can be found here.

Few days later, they fixed the problem, and blamed it mostly on a large amount of email logged on their servers, and also server backup failure. The rest is still being investigated and consequently, I can’t find some of my really old device based emails due to some unknown reason. My second part of the same topic is found here.

Now, it seems after a couple of board meetings and hard-core brainstorming, they have decided to pacify us with free apps. Yes! Free apps! I’m not talking about the apps you would normally find with a ‘free’ tag on the Blackberry App World. No, not that. I’m talking about them dashing us (giving out) premium apps. For now, I hear they are giving out titles such as:

  • Sims 3 by Electronic Arts
  • Bejewelled by Electronic Arts
  • iSpeech Translator Pro by iSpeech.org
  • Photo Editor Ultimate by Ice Cold Apps
  • DriveSafe.ly Enterprise by iSpeech.org

The thing here is that will free applications really pacify us? Will it really be fair compensation? For someone like me who has 4MB of application memory left (as of the time of writing), will it cause any positive change to my feelings for RIM. I’m not pissed off about the issue though, because as their name implies, its a research in motion, so why would a lab rat complain when an experiment goes wrong. I can’t complain, and I won’t throw my phone away. But for general compensation, I was expecting something more for regular BIS users. Preferably, a month of free BIS (as MTN Ghana gave to some of her customers as compensation for network problems). BES users get a month of ‘technical support’. And we loyal BIS users (at least I have been loyal by being active for 5 months in a row) get applications which won’t do much good even though they have an approximate value of $100 (as they said)

Also, how about people with really old Blackberries? I have a friend who uses a ‘Curve 1’ (dead, right? Well, he has BBM and can browse..LOL!) How about those people? No offense really, but can apps be installed on that device?. It’ll really be an unfair compensation oh! Especially when compared with my classmate’s Bold Touch with 8GB of application memory. Mshewww!!!

The press statement by Mike Lazaridus (CEO of RIM) goes like this:

“We are grateful to our loyal Blackberry customers for their patience. We have apologized to our customers and we will work tirelessly to restore their confidence. We are taking immediate and aggressive steps to help prevent something like this from happening again”

I translate it as this:

We are happy that our loyal lab rats exercised patience in their own little ways. We have begged you and now, we are assuring you that more experiments will go on. Also, we are taking immediate and aggressive precautions to make ensure you stay within the lab zone. You know there is no other lab that does what we do. However, here are some premium games and apps for your free enjoyment. It’s not everyday you get free food y’knw ;)”

LMAO!!

Oh well, for those of us interested in the free stuff, check the app world as from tomorrow October 18th 2011. The offer extends till November 30th 2011. For me, I’ll just sit back and relax, hoping, praying, expecting, free BIS for that period of time. LOL. And also, maybe, play Bejewelled while I wait.. X_X!

Till next time, cheers. And don’t sell or throw away your Blackberries. I hold mine tight.. 🙂

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Weekend Wisdom

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#BEGIN

Hello folks,

Its the beginning of another weekend for us. Time to unwind and soak up some fun.

Well, today I just want to let you in on a little secret of life. It starts as easy as 123 and ends as quick as ABC. Here we go.

Let’s assign all letters of the alphabet to different numbers

A = 1
B = 2
C = 3
D = 4
E = 5
F = 6
G = 7
H = 8
I = 9
J = 10
K = 11
L = 12
M = 13
N = 14
O = 15
P = 16
Q = 17
R = 18
S = 19
T = 20
U = 21
V = 22
W = 23
X = 24
Y = 25
Z = 26

Do we depend on LUCK for everything we do? Consider this:
LUCK = 12+21+3+11 = 47%

Quite low, right?

How about the driving force of life? LOVE:
LOVE = 12+15+22+5 = 54%

More than half, a good result.

Money can buy a lot of things, but it can’t purchase many more:
MONEY = 13+15+14+5+25 = 72%

We keep acquiring KNOWLEDGE every day,
KNOWLEDGE = 11+14+15+23+12+5+4+7+5= 96%

We’ve worked hard all week.
HARDWORK = 8+1+18+4+23+15+18+11 = 98%

But how about our attitude towards things.
ATTITUDE = 1+20+20+9+20+21+4+5 = 100%

Now, you see, our attitude towards things matter a whole lot – especially if it’s positive. Its our attitude that helps us meet new people, make lasting relationships, get financial connections, earn trust, and get lots of other good things.

Keep a positive attitude, and all other things would be multiplied by 100% for you. Remain blessed, and have a fun weekend.. 🙂

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And so.. It Returns

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So they have fixed the supposedly email filled servers. So they have sent back the service to us. So they have brought back our daily thumb trance. What next? Choi…

RIM reported that it was a whole lot of emails that clogged their servers for the second day of outage. What caused it the first day? Its still being investigated. But what I wonder is that they make a whole lot of money from this business they got into, and yet they can’t upgrade to ultra high tech servers and computers (such as that NASA uses..LOL..) No, critically speaking, they knew what they were getting into when they decided to produce something that’ll help people keep in touch. Although their first phones looked all unattractive, didn’t they figure that aesthetics brings in more people? And by more people, I mean teenagers.

IMOO, teenagers are the second cause of this outage. My own take on the first cause is found here. The other day at the airport, I saw a family of four, the youngest member not older than 10 years. All of them, except their dad seemed to be in a thumb frenzy. What is the world turning into? Come on, the original purpose of the Blackberry was to deliver email to top level business professionals that are constantly on the move. Now, its all turned upside down. So sad! It’s such a sad thing that a certain teenager somewhere in Europe was reported to have thrown her phone into the swimming pool on the first day of server outage. Well, now its back, and I bet she is going to get another ‘BB’. I am not an exception though, because most times, I’m found thumbing away at my phone’s full keyboard desperately trying to reply important people as quickly as possible.

My service came back on yesterday around 7pm (Greenwich time). And to test the service, I sent a PING to myself (don’t ask me why I would add myself to my own blackberry) the delivery was fast. And I was overjoyed, until I noticed that the recent updates that came in every few seconds were lagging in quantity. What happened? I started sending messages to a people. Omo mehhn… It seemed as if the other BB users had an early night.. LOL.. People that normally slept around 2am shifted their sleep times to 7pm. Kai.. It was a disaster. I decided to follow them and sleep. What was the result? A downpour of broadcasts early this morning.

Normally, I am not pissed off by broadcast messages, I take them as people’s ways of getting things around quickly. I send them sometimes to find out certain things. One of my recent ones was this

“Goodmrnin
Please who knows how to make pap/akamu/ogi. Please if you do, holla thanks”

Now you know the kind of broadcasts I send. They don’t really get to my brain sha, but it gets annoying when you receive the same broadcast from about 20 different people, most of them don’t even know themselves. This makes me think. How dumb are these so-called smartphone users? Why don’t you try to chat with someone first before sending a message you received from more than five different people. If your BBM isn’t working how would you receive the message in the first place. LOL.. Some people can be really dumb sha. The worst is that I told someone “Good morning” and this message was received, yet replied with

“062345877#REP :Broadcast this and your BBM will get repaired this is working

And the person still hasn’t still replied with a “Good morning”. Chai. Na wah sha.. Aal izz well, I see a red light blinking.

I guess its time for me to start my day. I do hope you have a Thrilling Thursday.. :). You can also catch me on twitter or facebook. If you aren’t in any of those networks, drop a comment or an email into uk.agwu@gmail.com. I would be happy to reply.

Till next time, a bientôt. 🙂

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When your mobile-social-lifeline is cut off

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Mobile phones

 

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For close to two days now, the company popularly known as Research in Motion has reported problems with their servers. With more than 8 million people with powerful thumb-power subscribed into their service, the supposed ‘bug’ in their servers has eaten a lot of happiness out of these people – socially, physically and financially.

This makes me to wonder whether the supposed ‘bug’ was planted by a company that just got a million pre-orders of a revamped edition of one of their high tech smartphones. We can never tell, we might never tell, but maybe someone did it to take people’s hearts away from a reputable mobile device. Truth remains, people are pretty pissed off due to the curent situation.

I recently logged into twitter (which of course, i log into every day here) and my timeline which was once full of my friends tweeting all sort of things (random, informational or just junk) was totally stripped down to RSS feeds and a few friends who could manage tweeting “via web”. Also, there was this one guy using “Twitter for iPad” and kept on tweeting junk which he wouldnt tweet on a normal day. It also seems the Fandroids have also come around to take over tweetverse. Oh well, all’s fair in birds and devices. We can never blame them.

Another thing i noticed was that the service providers used this chance to quickly reduce the quality of their voice and data services to the ‘loyal subscribers’ (and it seems they are pushing all the guilt to poor RIM). I and some of my friends have this cheat on our phones which allows us browse the web whether we have active blackberry services or not. Trying to open a simple code-scarce Google homepage was a real pain, even though we had a good amount of airtime which for me, was unfortunately drained when I decided to wait till the page opens. Calling people was even a worse experience. Hearing that high frequency ‘Call Failed’ noise was just the most annoying thing someone could hear in a day. To top it off, my service provider Airtel sent me a message saying

Dear customer, we regret to inform you that you will not be able to use the Blackberry service. This is a technical issue worldwide. Airtel will let you know as soon as it is up.

Of course, I said that with a funny voice. LOL! So now that Airtel has finally informed me (subliminally) that they have cut my connection to their (Airtel’s) routers which normally connected me to the RIM servers (and they said it while washing their hands clean of any guilt), do they expect me to call anyone if all I’ll hear on the first few tries was a headache-inflicting noise. Of course, they do, so that when it finally goes through, they’ll cut a large amount of money, and I can’t complain.

Think about a lot of things that depend on the Blackberry Service – businesses, relationships, finances and many more. Every thing just put on the dreaded HOLD. Later, RIM would say its stocks are down by 90% and decide to cut everyone off permanently. GOD FORBID.

Oh well, since we are in that situation now, I urge you to join the millions of Blackberry users worldwide to raise your blackberry to the sky to observe one minute of silence for a ‘bug’ in the RIM servers (who knows, we might even hear the bug noisily chewing off bits of information).

Also, I think this is an oppurtunity for us to analyse how our lives depend on our mobile devices and take this as really useful advice.

NEXT TIME YOU MEET A NEW FRIEND, ASK FOR HIS/HER PHONE NUMBER BEFORE REQUESTING A ‘BB PIN’ 🙂

Also, I really pray this problem gets fixed as soon as possible. I miss ‘recent updates’ from the people around me. It seems as if the whole world has gone dead! 😦

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