Beware – post containing lots of words.
A response in avoidance of the Daily Post’s Writing Prompt https://dailypost.wordpress.com/dp_prompt/middle-seat/
Yesterday was not a good day. Why, you ask? Let me tell you about it.
So, I woke up with a migraine. I knew the night before I was getting one, but I thought it would be gone by morning and all would be ok. But it wasn’t. I went to work anyway, but didn’t stay. However, while I was there, I realized that it was password change nightmare day. Our college has been told to implement a new password policy. 15-character passwords that have to change every 90 days. Yesterday was day one of the new password policy. They had emailed out “instructions”, but when I turned on my computer in the morning, I realized, first, that logging in wirelessly was not going to work. I was in an endless loop. To change my password, I needed to get onto the Internet. To access the wireless system I needed to change my password. See the problem? Also, it is difficult accessing emailed instructions when you can’t log into your computer to check your email instructions. Luckily I found a wire, plugged my computer into the system, and was walked through the password change. Then, when I unplugged to go back to wireless nothing worked. Took an hour to get everything on my computer to be happy. We’ll see if it stayed happy overnight…
Then I checked my work email on my phone, and it wouldn’t accept my new password. The “instructions” said that in order to log in on a phone or other mobile device, go to the Internet and change your password. But I had just changed my password and don’t want to do it again. I sent a note to IT support, but never heard back. I still can’t access email on my phone or iPad, and am pretty sure IT support is drowning in a sea of faculty not understanding why they can’t log into their computers. I am glad I’m not them.
Well, I lasted until almost noon at work, but then couldn’t look at a computer screen any more with the head thing, so I went home and slept for 3 hours. Not feeling too much better, I made supper and then did the dumbest thing I’ve done in a long time. I messed with my iPhone. Thinking I might be able to resolve the password issue by changing the passcode on my phone, I did. Turned off my phone, then tried to get back in. No dice. I had probably typed in the passcode wrong and remembered it as something it was not. My phone locked me out. I had to reset it. And, before you ask, no…I hadn’t backed it up in awhile. Yes. I tell folks all the time to back up their devices!! This is why. Guess it’s time to do as I say. Anyway, I left the phone restoring and syncing while I went to bed, and now I can see I’ll be spending the weekend trying to get it back to where it was yesterday morning. AND backing it up.
Oh, I should also mention that in the middle of all this, our Shaw Gateway (our cable) stopped working. Kevin came home shortly after it stopped, while I was swearing loudly at my phone and myself, and called Shaw. It was fixed in seconds. Can’t say the same for my phone. And I still have to figure out how to make my work email accessible on the damn thing. Maybe it’s time to give technology a bit of a rest.
One fun thing happened yesterday. Our carpenter, Davyd, replaced the caps on our front stairs.
Here is before (ugly spindles):
And here is after:
And here are kitties: