Do you find yourself obsessively installing to ROMs to your device on a weekly, daily, or even hourly basis? If so, you may have Obsessive-ROM Updating Disorder, or ORD for short. ORD sufferers often will deny their condition at first, justifying that they flash simply to make for a better-performing device. Then, the flashing becomes more frequent, and soon goes out of control. egzthunder1 has started a thread for those of you showing early signs of ORD. hilaireg gives his account:
It started back in late 2008, early 2009. I had just purchased my new HTC Fuze and wasn’t very satisfied with how it performed. After a few hours of searching, I came upon XDA Developers and started reading about what could be done to my phone to make it better. In excitement, I created an account on the forum …
At first, I was flashing ROM’s to my device so that I could get the best features and performance. I would leave the ROM on the device for a few weeks; then weekly, daily, and finally … hourly. I didn’t notice that I was becoming addicted at first; my friends and family had. We would be at a social dinner or event and I would find myself logging into XDA from my phone to see if a new ROM had been released. I’d pretend to be involved in the conversation we were having, but cursing inside at the fact that I wasn’t in front of my PC to download and flash it to my device.
Popular chefs like NRGZ28, NATF, and ARUPENTHAL would announce an updated release of their next Fuze ROM and I would find myself refreshing my browser every hour waiting for the “uploading” message to change to “uploaded & ready” – like a junkie waiting on a street corner for his pusher to arrive. I would get frustrated at how long it was taking to download the ROM from my 16 Mbps downstream connection. I would stay up all night trying to figure out the best time to download ROM’s so that I could push my 16 Mbps connection to it’s limit – I even called my ISP to complain about the fact that I couldn’t get an OC48 fibre optic connection to my house. I even called RapidShare, Hotfile, MediaFire, and 4shared technical support to plead with them to remove the waiting period – I even bought every single item from the popup advertisements.
During the day, I would find myself taking several breaks so that I could check the forum to see if a new ROM was available or another registry tweak that would enhance my phone. I would tell my colleagues that I had a bladder condition just so I could sneak to the bathroom and check the forum. If a ROM had been released, I would go back to my desk and announce that I wasn’t feeling well just so I could go home to download the ROM.
I found myself filled with anxiety wondering if someone else had already downloaded the ROM. Would there be a download slot left for me? I found myself pre-booking helicopter flight services to my home just so I could get there as quickly as possible and make sure that I was the first one to download the latest ROM. I found myself setting up sockpuppet accounts so that I could trace the IP Address of any member who had downloaded the ROM before me … just to call their ISP and have their accounts suspended so that it wouldn’t happen again.
And it got worse; I met a dealer name Da_G. He started supplying me the latest versions of kitchens so that I could make my own ROM’s. No more waiting. No more pushers. I was “plugged-in” at the source. I would find all of the latest application packages, and add them to my kitchen. If I ran into a problem, I knew I could turn to him for another fix. I craved it more than life itself; I needed the latest ROM … even before HTC thought of it.
Near the end, it’s all I could do. I even worshipped the great goddess Flar of XDA, so that I would be blessed into the order of modship just so I could get into the “inside track”. I sold myself like a cheap prostitute/junkie in need of “just one more fix; and then I’ll quit; honest”. Then another release of Opera or SenseUI would come out; then a new version 6.5 – the cycle would repeat itself over and over.
I found myself waiting in dark alleys looking for iPhone users just so I could show them the latest ROM I had built; “see,” I would say, “I have an app for that too”. I was a lost soul like those that perish in the Bermuda Triangle; except mine was that of a lost GPS signal. I found myself on street corners calling friends and asking: “Can you hear me now”. I lost everything, my house, my home, my wife, my dignity, my HTC Fuze. I felt like I was in a deep dark cave unable to use the backlight of my Fuze to shine the way.
But then, I was saved – I found ORDER. Founded on the teachings of the grand master ITJE and his three followers of the HardSPL: FALLEN SPARTAN the mystic flasher, STYLEZ the rominator, and the all-knowing MIKECHANNON; the high priest EGZTHUNDER1 seeks to enlighten those afflicted with his wisdom. He taught me that all was not lost …
I simply had to go buy another phone.
My name is hilaireg and I have ORD.
Continue on to the support group…
Update: The term ORD was originally coined by itje.___________________