No wonder this donkey is laughing at me. I have been a bit of an idiot!
Last weekend I went into a complete meltdown because I couldn’t get into my email account. It started Friday night when I tried to get into my Hotmail account on my laptop. It wouldn’t let me, declaring that I had in-putted the wrong password. Now, I know I have about sixty passwords for all the sites and it’s easy to forget them but I know and can easily remember my email account password.
It wouldn’t let me in on the laptop. I tried the iPad. That let me in for about ten minutes then decided it was going to log me out and tough luck! It too refused to recognise my password.
Panic set in because I had just sorted out a load of media contacts and arrangements for various magazines. Those people would only contact me on that email address. All their details too were in my email account. I had no other note of them
I grabbed my phone. I could still use the email on it. I sent out a general email to everyone I could before it shut me off, alerting them to what was happening and advising them that I might need to change addresses I then started to copy emails to my documents. Not rapidly enough. The account shut me off before I got to person number four.
That was that. No contacts. No correspondence. I was stuck.
I set up a new email account and attempted to tell those I knew on Facebook. I was behaving quite bizarrely. I cannot justify my madness but imagine losing your telephone and all your contacts or photographs. I missed it. I missed it hugely. Truth be told, I check my emails every quarter of an hour. I clearly have a problem.
I really should have backed up my contact list and I should have printed out the most important emails. Or, I should, at the very least, made note of journalist’s details in my notepad.
Hubby shrugged. “Told you computers were rubbish,” he huffed when I told him and went back to the garage, oblivious to my anguish.
I spent all weekend trying to work out what had happened. Had I been hacked? I couldn’t focus on anything else.
Monday morning I got a text from a friend.
‘Did you recently download an update to your iPad from your laptop?’
‘That’s the problem. Another friend has the same problem. Close Chrome and go back into Internet Explorer and reset the password.’
It was a simple as that. I was back into my email account in a jiffy and there were only five messages for me. I had missed nothing.
I learned two things. I should back up everything I value and I really need to get out more. Fancy being worked up about email addresses. There are far worse things happening in the world.
So, in the spirit of this blog, here are a few jokes to see you through the day. I am off the internet now for a while. Maybe I’ll take up Zumba!
What do werewolves put at the bottom of their e-mails?
What should you do if you get lots of e-mails saying, “What’s up, Doc? What’s up Doc?”
Check for bugs in your system.
I tried to send you an e-mail and broke my computer.
How did you mange that?
I think it was when I tried to push it through the letterbox.
I’ve lost my dog!
Have you tried putting a message on the internet?
Don’t be silly. My dog never reads e-mails!
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