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  • Peter Kam Fai Cheung SBS

A Digital Hoarder


FADE IN:

INT. STUDY - DAY

Staring intermittently at the screens of an iPhone and his computer, PETER takes a deep audible breath.

FLASHBACK

EXT. HILLSIDE GRAVEYARDS - DAY (2018)

Gathering of families. Peter spots his NEPHEW (30s) holding a smart phone.

PETER

Another new phone?

NEPHEW

Yes, iPhone X. Expensive

though.

PETER

My 16 GB 4S still works. I'm

also using a 64 GB iPhone 6

as my younger daughter

didn't want it anymore.

RELATIVES laugh. Somebody says: "Buy a new phone and use it as a camera."

PETER (V.O.)

Not a bad idea!

INT. SLEEPING ROOM - DAY

Peter checks his iPhones and iPads.

PETER (V.O.)

Oh, their storage are

either full or almost

full. I've to manage

storage actively.

INT. MOBILE STORE - DAY

Peter buys a 256 GB iPhone 8+.

PETER (V.O.)

Now, I've lots of storage

space...

MONTAGE OF PETER'S USER EXPERIENCE

A/ Peter downloads Apps to his red smart phone.

B/ Peter researches and jots notes with it.

C/ Peter uses it to capture photos and videos while travelling in Gold Coast, Nagasaki and Niseko.

D/ Peter records melodies and makes music videos with it.

E/ Using Notes, Peter writes diaries and inserts photos.

END MONTAGE

INT. STUDY - NIGHT

Peter checks the internal storage of his iPhone 8+.

PETER (V.O.)

Oh, only a few GBs are

left. I'd better manage

storage again.

Peter deletes never-used Apps and offloads some of them.

INT. SLEEPING ROOM - DAY

Waking up, Peter checks the internal storage of his phone.

PETER (V.O.)

Oh, the space that I

squeezed hours ago has

already been eaten up

by the phone's system

storage. I've to move or

delete more contents.

A beat.

PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd)

Oh, the phone storage

is full again.

Peter takes a look of his iPhone 6 and iPad Mini 3.

PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd)

They're already full. As I'm

going to film Sakura blossoms,

let me buy the new iPad Mini 5 256 GB model.

MONTAGE OF PETER'S USING FILMING TOOLS

A/ Using his new iPad Mini 5, Peter captures lots of videos in Tokyo. He takes photos with his two cameras.

B/ Using his iPad Mini 5, Peter captures videos in Taipei. He takes photos with his two cameras.

C/ Checking his hand-held devices, Peter finds his iPhone 8+ missing.

END MONTAGE

RETURN TO PRESENT

PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd)

The immediate question

that came up to my mind

was what valuable data

had I lost? Before I thought

deep, the problem went

away as I had just mislaid

the phone inside my

baggage. And so the

storage problem remains.

Pausing.

PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd)

Two days ago, I learnt

from Apple Support that

there might be a software

problem. After backing-up,

I've to reset my iPhone.

Pausing.

PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd)

But a new problem has

surfaced. The local

disk of my computer

doesn't have enough

space to back up. I've

to manage the internal

storage of my computer

as well!

Pausing.

PETER (V.O.)(Cont'd)

Although my external

drives have lots of space,

I believe it's beyond my

technical capacity to

resolved that, having

tried to learn from the

web community.

Peter looks frustrated.

PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd)

What exactly is my problem?

I've got reasonable backups

of my Voice Memos and

Notes in iCloud, photos

in Google Photos and look-

a-like photos and videos

in my cameras' sim cards.

Pausing.

PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd)

I'm already a real-world

hoarder. If I don't make

myself a digital hoarder

too, my antecedent

problems to reset my

iPhone will go away!

Yes, I'm ready to reset

it!

Peter finds the Apple Technical Support phone number and calls.

FADE OUT. The End

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