I don’t know if you keep up to date with business news, but (unfortunately) me and my econ A level compadres need to. You see, our econ teacher is obsessed with us reading news stories before class. No idea why (if you’re reading this Mr Galloway, which is highly unlikely, I’m sorry).
I digress. Last Thursday, while I was researching some news at lunch, the news that Sony is selling its struggling Vaio laptop division to attempt to salvage its falling profits (http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2014/feb/06/sony-vaio-laptop-losses-bravia-tv). My family, before falling for seductive allure of iEverything
(I say while I type this on my iPhone 4S), was a huge Sony supporter. Both my mum and dad had Sony Ericsson phones (long since sold by Sony), and we, until very recently had a Bravia TV, also currently being sold by Sony.
But the Sony product that will always hold a very special place in my heart is the sadly now underrated Vaio laptop. It first started with my mum. Back in the miasmus of time, when I was around 7, my mum got her first laptop which was this chunky by today’s standards but absolutely hi tech back then, Vaio laptop. I still have distinct memories of playing Snail Mail on it, and one day when I was quite ill, my mum bribed me into taking a nap by saying I could play a game when I woke up 😄. It introduced to me a whole world of iTunes (the beginning of our iObsession) and technology in general.
Flash forward around 6 years and my silly old school sent a message around saying that children would now require laptops for school. No, I’m not kidding. So my dear old dad came back from a business trip to the USA, bearing a brand spanking new Vaio exclusively for me. By then my mum’s laptop had gone the way of the dodo bird, so this new, much slimmer model with bronze highlights and a dimpled surface was the light of my life. On that laptop, I started my Facebook page, discovered the marvel of university education, began planning my future and wrote my A* earning coursework on it. I applied for my sixth form on it, from a whole continent away.
So present day. After 11 years of dutiful service, my Vaio started to cough and splutter. First it was the E key, then the A and S. So when we moved back to London, we left Vaio back home, in a dusty old drawer, while I write this post on a new fangled touchscreen laptop. It’s good, but not the same.
So now Sony is retiring the Vaio’s altogether. Thank you for the service
dear chap (too British) old friend. May all the other Vaio owners have enjoyed their laptops as much as I did.