With the new satellite ISP service comes changes. Passwords, e-mail addresses, that sort of thing. I am sure that making those changes is easy for those of you who are digitally hip but for me, it is a smidge of a challenge. So, I approach it the way I do most things difficult. I ask Sal to do it.
But as marvelous as she is, she is no more digitally hip than I am so we had to do it together. And, of course, her list is much the same as mine. I had over 500 addresses. And I had to tell them all my new e-mail address. And, I am ashamed to admit it – I could only place about half of them. “Riley Henderson? Who the hell is that? What’s his e-mail address? Geo-slime@Octopus.com? Who calls themselves ‘geo-slime’ and why do I know him?”
Multiplied by two hundred or so.
And passwords..!!! Don’t get me started on passwords! Don’t get me started because I can’t remember them. What a horror show! Of course, I have a couple of favourites, like Maddog. But ‘Maddog’ doesn’t have 8 characters or a number – which seemed to become a requirement after I had my password memorized – so I guess I went to Maddogs, Maddogandpudding, Maddogpudding, Maddog123 and so on. In other words…no idea.
The only good part is that I don’t care that much. I can’t get on the woodchopper’s forum. So what? I know how to chop wood now. I can’t get on the Ex-pats in Hong Kong forum. But they don’t miss me. I don’t miss them. So, I am good. I’d like to get on the Honda 50 outboard forum but the engine is runnning good and I may just have to re-register or something when the time comes to learn all about the engine once again. I am sure there is a better way but, like I said, I don’t care that much.
But I will.
That is the thing about damn computers……………ten steps away and I have forgotten about them. I don’t care. I am doing something else. But first I have to get the ten steps away. There seems to be some kind of invisible black hole around my computer. It draws and sucks me in. And, while I am here, I seem to care about all sorts of things. ‘Ooooh…..the forum on geo-slime………!’ But, as soon as I get out of it’s gravitational pull, I am free! So free, that I forget stuff. Like passwords. And whatever the hell geo-slime is.
It is like some kind of duality-thing. There is the real me and then there is the digital me. And we are separated by ten steps. And a different memory. Whatever.
I am never ever going to change my service provider again.