Saturday, October 8, 2011

Halt! Who Goes There?

            In my on-going battle to set up my website, I spent another frustrating evening arguing with cyber space about my password.  I was abandoned on hold for approximately thirty minutes. But, at least I could choose to listen to music or not.  And then it was light jazz instead of Rap music slowed for the average elevator ride. 
This was a vast improvement over my last skirmish with corporate ‘hold’.  On that occasion I was subjected to a barrage of advertisements that alternated with the same three notes – over and over and over again.  It was like listening to the same commercial loop while Norman Bates stabs you. 
But, I digress.
Eventually, an actual person answered and helped me reset my password to exactly what it was before.  Now, it is this sudden rejection of my password on Face book that has made me just give up going there.  Well, that and the thing about all those strangers who claim to be my friends!  Someone once IMd me asking for ‘paint and boards’.  I don’t have a clue what they were doing.  It’s the internet, you can’t really paint it!  Even I know that.
Anyway, what started me on this sad, sad tale of woe is that I talked to a friend earlier, and had to relive last night.  Why?  You guessed it – the internet refused his password.  He too was forced to change his password back to what it always was. 
Why?  What suddenly causes the cosmos to inisist your password is no longer valid?  I didn’t think computers were so capricious.
You remember the old ‘Twilight Zone” series?  There was an episode where William Shatner (a young, pre-Kirk Shatner) is on a plane and watches as a gremlin sits on the wing, chipping away at the engine.
Well, that’s how I feel about computers, and by extension – the internet.  It’s not scientific or amazing.  There are these little gremlins that live inside our computers and the internet, and every now and then they just decide to mess with us.
But that’s all right, because I’ve working on figuring out a way to mess with them.

1 comment:

  1. I tried to post you an appropriate reply but I think the computer gremlins ate it.