Digital dystopia

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.

 

 

3 thoughts on “Digital dystopia

    • See above. It is in writing! Mind you, it is like most of my computer promises (“Well, I am never going to buy another one of these! This is plenty fast enough.”) They just don’t hold up. It is Moore’s fault.
      I was never going to buy a smart phone either. Why would I? I am not smart enough for my old phone as it is! A smarter phone would just dominate me. But then I saw the voice recognition apps and how they replace the keypad. Ooooohh! Here’s a promise you can take to the bank: I promise to keep whatever promise I make till I feel the need to break it.

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  1. My pending dream, as someone who personally kicked my own”incurable” late stage cancer to the curb without western medical intervention and who hates the smart grid microwave pervasiveness with a vengeance, is find the way to go off grid, but with all the equipment in a separate building using a true not pure sine wave inverter, and whatever way will not make me sick or cognitively impaired. Easier said….
    Please tell me you are using a hard wired modem, even off grid?

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