My worst weekend and what I learned

A combination of fever and technological catastrophes made me have a nightmare weekend

What follows is the story of my worst weekend and what I learned. I had to star in my own disaster movie without being prepared and it is an experience that I do not want to repeat.

Most of us depend on technology for everything. But What happens when that technology stops working?

My worst weekend

On Wednesday night, March 13, I started to feel very bad. I turned off the computer and went to bed. The next day I stayed in bed thinking it was a temporary flu and on Friday I got up normally, but I couldn't stay up. I go back to bed and when I don't notice any improvement On Saturday I'm going as best I can to buy some anti-flu. When I return home I close the door and the first thing I know is that he was lying on the floor.

I look for the phone to call my brother but it had no battery. I connect it to the charger and it doesn't work, I try different positions and it's still dead. I'm going to turn on the computer to try WhatsApp web and the computer won't turn on.

I thought about going outside and asking a neighbor to call my brother but there were two problems:

  1. I didn't know what my brother's number was (Or anyone else's). I'm used to having it on WhatsApp.
  2. Do you remember my fainting? When I fell I turned over the key (at that time the only copy) and I had no idea where it fell.

I did the only thing I could. Take the flu shot and go to bed. The next day I found the key and that night my brother, alerted by a friend that I hadn't answered his messages for days, came to see me.

What I learned

The first thing I did, as soon as I felt better, was make copies of the key and give it to people I trusted. The second thing is to buy a paper agenda and have a copy of the telephone numbers. I also downloaded a KDE ecosystem application called Phonebook.

Phonebook is in the repositories of KDE-based distributions and if you have KDE Connect installed, it will automatically import phone contacts.

One point against fintech is that many of them can only be used as mobile applications. Perhaps it is an issue in which regulatory entities should get their act together and require access via the web.. In the meantime it is necessary to find a way to access them if the mobile device is out of service.

We can use an emulator on our desktop and install the applications. WayDroid is a container-based service that allows us to run Android 13 on our Ubuntu-derived distribution. We install it with the following commands:

sudo apt install curl ca-certificates -y

curl https://repo.waydro.id | sudo bash

sudo apt install waydroid -y

We launched it with:

sudo systemctl enable --now waydroid-container
The first time it starts we verify that the following options are established:
System OTA
https://ota.waydro.id/system
OTA Vendor
https://ota.waydro.id/vendor
and we establish Android type en gapps to be able to use official Google applications.

Of course I don't want to exaggerate what happened to me. I was in the middle of the city and in the worst case scenario I could have screamed and the firefighters would have come. However, they were bad moments that I could have avoided with a little foresight.

It's true that most of us only have limited resources to buy hardware, and we probably have to sell to buy.  However, Linux distributions and operating systems derived from Android allow us to extend the useful life of devices considered obsolete by the market and that can save our lives if necessary. It's not a bad idea to invest some money in them.

Neither are low-tech solutions like a notebook with an index and a pen to jot down important information. I don't go so far as to recommend a landline phone, but I swear I thought about it.


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  1.   Octavio said

    Partner, it's like they cast witchcraft on you to see where you fell hehe, I'm glad you recovered, you learn from bad experiences.

    1.    Diego German Gonzalez said

      Thank you very much

  2.   DANTE said

    What is a landline telephone?

    1.    Diego German Gonzalez said

      The traditional telephone connected to the telephone exchange by cable

  3.   PEDRO said

    Is THIS the latest UBUNTU language? TRIED