She had been with model 6459211 for thirteen years. This was a long time. She felt completely comfortable with him. He was a great model. He had all the working components that she liked. They had even made little modelets together. Modelet 78960 and modelet 45623. Then something went wrong. It was like a screw was loose, missing or something. Things just did not work the same. He became mad over things he used to think were cute about her structured functioning. He had stolen some of her working parts, which made her have a main systems breakdown, and she found herself having to go elsewhere to replace them.
She wound up in another domain. She had thought at the time that it was just happenstance, but now she realized that it was very programmed. She had been introduced to another model. Model 678032. He was irresistibly charming, and a newer model to boot. Strangely enough he could supply her with all the missing parts that she needed. A little too convenient. But she didn’t get the parts all at once. It was a complex situation. The parts were slowly doled out to her as within the perimeters of her evolving relationship with model 678032. He kept sending her back to the original model 6459211, as this was her place of origin, and it was on the warranty instructions, considering she had very important connections established with the two modelets. Her working warranty also said that she was supposed to stay within her own domain.
But the older model 6459211 kept sending her back. He had grown fatigued of her. Her parts were rusty and not working correctly. She had issues with his use of her retrieved data. And he did not want to spend the time to rework her main engine, and deal with her programming problems and storage incapacities.
She had become quite confused having to deal with being sent back and forth between the two models. After all she really had no choice, she needed the maintenance and the parts. It was also extremely hard on her to be moved back and forth like this, since she was not designed to be mobile. She was designed to be a fixed computer, not transitional. All she could do was go back and forth for the fix, but they never gave her the ultimate fix. She ended up in the junk yard still missing parts. It was very cruel of them. After all of the trips from one domain to another, three altogether, she had been left to rot.
Then they introduced a third model. Model 7890456. He was spanky cute and very bright, although a little bit snotty. She wasn’t sure if she wanted him to fit any of her components or not. He kept trying but she was really tired, the wear and tear on her main frame had been tremendous, and she had lost memory from the stress of continual transition. She still had many parts that were not working correctly or were broken, and they caused her intense functional hardship, distress, and torment.
Then something happened that was unheard of in the repair and maintenance of older fixed computers such as herself. She decided that she could fix the problem herself. She didn’t need a model to do it for her. She would go directly to the factory and ask for the parts. However what she discovered was that there was a working system in place that did not allow for the fixtures, or large mainframe computers to fix themselves. They were forced to rely on models. She was up against the system, and striving to break into new territory. She was tired and did not want them dilly dallying with her parts anymore, she wanted it taken care of now. No more having to let them murk up her retrieved data with misinterpretations and misleading connections. No more having to let them play with her mainframe and stick in their faulty and sometimes overly greasy parts. Probably bought from some discount computer parts store, instead of the original factory where she had been developed and fine tuned to function the way she did.
She stayed at the computer graveyard and refused to be swayed by the other slimy models that started to try to introduce themselves to her. They were not good issue, and she could tell that they would try to fit her with cheap dirty stolen parts or worse. She was not interested in them, and in fact she felt offended and disgusted by them. She wanted her freedom. She wanted her own working parts and a main station. But the factory continued to deny her. She was very angry because by keeping her like this, they were actually putting her years of standard use in jeapordy, and they were also stressing out her little modelets.
She had decided to start a computer revolution, but she would need the awareness and assitance of others. To overhaul the whole system and bring about justice for older fixed computers would take a strong persistence and determination, and a true belief in herself and her ability to compute.
To be continued…
JANE À PARIS
Copyright ©2008 JANE À PARIS
Enough is enough, she said. I have been forced to wait thirteen long years for this, and I have suffered terribly and cruelly. She still had many parts that had been broken on purpose and that were not working correctly, and they caused her intense functional hardship, distress, and torment. I want my own working parts and a main station. I will compute with strength and determination until justice is granted from the factory, and the parts are restored to fair working order.