Saturday, June 8, 2013

Compatibility with a Sony speaker, and the hard task of making someone forget you



Good evening from a lounge at Hong Kong airport, waiting for my overnight flight to Europe, and having pretty good food in the meantime.

Pretty good food at this lounge in Hong Kong....

Everything is set for our trip. In less than 24 hours, I'll be in Versailles.

Then I'll be in Paris after that, sailing along the Seine with a glass of champagne in hand. Or maybe glasses of champagne.




Inside my check-in bag is a little speaker that someone sent over to my office yesterday as a going-away present.

This was after he'd read about my playlist of songs for an iPod that I was bringing to France.



A USEFUL SURPRISE

What a nice surprise, and what a great gift.

I can imagine taking this along with me on that boat we chartered for an afternoon sunset cruise along Paris' waterways. I'm also going to use it as we drive around the French countryside.

But getting this Sony speaker to work was another story -- and a rather funny one, actually.



WAITING PATIENTLY FOR ME

I was at lunch yesterday. When I got back to the office, the speakers were waiting for me on my desk with a nice little note.


Of course, I wanted to road-test it as soon as possible, especially as I had a song in mind that I wanted to blast out pretty loud on the Friday afternoon of the week that we sent the biggest and thickest issue of Travelife Magazine to the press for printing. 


Travelife Magazine's June-July 2013 issue
On sale everywhere from June 15

THESE ARE THE BEST DAYS OF MY LIFE

It's called "Best Days" by a group called Juice, and I kind of love it so much I've been playing it all day. It sort of describes how I feel about my life right now.

Click here to listen to

So, this was the song I wanted to play, but I needed to get the Sony speakers to work. It isn't that difficult, but it certainly wasn't one of those plug-and-instantly-play kind of devices.

MY EDITORIAL TEAM TO THE RESCUE



But, as I was busy with last minute stuff before leaving on my Travelife to France, I asked my editorial team to get the Sony speakers to work for me. They're way more tech-friendly than I am.

Apparently, as it's a Bluetooth device, it immediately paired up with one of the devices in the office while waiting for me to return from lunch.

THE NERVE OF SOME DEVICES...

Talk about fast moves here, but my Sony speakers had already hooked up with our editorial assistant's iPhone while I was away.

What nerve.

And this was why it was difficult for my Sony speakers to pair with either my Macbook Pro, my iPod, or my Blackberry -- all of which have music, including this favorite song of mine for the moment.

Basically, he was still hooked up with someone else.

IS THIS STILL ABOUT A SONY SPEAKER?



I was busy at work but I couldn't help overhearing the conversation among my editorial team.

Our creative director said: "You have to get him to forget you, so that he can hook up with someone else."

The editorial assistant replied, while holding the speaker: "It's not that easy to forget. I wish there was a FORGET button I could push, that would instantly erase his memory or my connection with him."

Our managing editor chimed in: "It's obviously impossible to hook up with two at the same time."

The editorial assistant asked: "But how do you forget the first one?"

I knew they were trying to get my Sony speaker compatible with my other devices by taking the editorial assistant's iPhone out of the picture.

But, nevertheless, I just had to ask: "Are you guys still really talking about my Sony speakers?"

Laughter around the room, and just another enjoyable afternoon in my never-ending, and never-endingly eventful Travelife.



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