ALL THOSE COMPUTERS: WHAT A MESS! – Marilyn Armstrong

Our computers have gone wacko.

I think it started when the last upgrades (calling them upgrades is absurd since they have made a mess of all the computers in the house — Macs and PCs alike. Google, Microsoft, iPad, and MacBook Air have decided to link to each other and I can’t tell what’s going on with any machine.

I want one that says “enraged.”

They no longer remember whose password works with which account. This is not a problem if you are the only user in your house, but here, it’s getting absolutely tragic. It isn’t just a Windows. It’s just as bad on the Macs. Maybe worse because for reasons I don’t entirely understand, we seem to have more Mac-operated devices than PC devices — and I don’t actually like Macs. I just own them.

The only electronics that still know what’s going on are the Kindles and they are Android. Everything else is a mess.

Oh, I almost forgot. Garry has a Chromebook. Since it’s a Google machine, it’s a mess, too.

All the endless “alterations” made to WordPress have slowed it down so half the time, it doesn’t even remember your name or password from one use to the next. How many times do you try to answer a comment on your own site only to be told that you have to “sign-in”?

Since you are signed in, it gets interesting.

Meanwhile, when they ask for passwords, they don’t specify what password they want. Is that the WordPress password or the Google password? One of each? Maybe looking for the computer’s key number? Plus the password? Which password? The one you had to add today or the one they made you add yesterday and the day before?

And it has to be COMPLETELY DIFFERENT than any other password you use … as if you even remember your other passwords.

Each and every one of your passwords is supposed to be unique and not like any of the other passwords you use. Right. That’s what everyone does. Except I can’t remember any of my passwords anyway.

Seriously, can anyone remember that many passwords? Even if you write them down, the one you last wrote down may not be the one they are looking for. It might be the one before that or the one you were using a month ago. Only a hacker can figure it out and he/she is the one person you don’t want to figure it out.

ARRGGGH!

I used to have my own inbox and Garry had his. Our tools and internet links were linked to our email passwords. NOW you need a password for Google, for your inbox, and sometimes, they don’t seem to know what they want the password for. Meanwhile, the password manager stopped working, too.

They tell you your password doesn’t work, but it’s the same one you used yesterday and last night and finally, it starts to work again … and this is after you’ve been battling with it for an hour to accept a new password only to ultimately be told you can’t get a new password because you have an old password, so now you need a new email account — but I don’t have another mail account — and when I’m about ready to give up and throw everything out the window — which is when everything starts to work again. More or less.

What???

I have NO idea what’s going on. I sign in with my email account, but only Garry’s header shows up. Or Garry signs in with his password and MY headers show up. I don’t know what they think they are doing, but it’s a godawful mess. I’m pretty sure the last set of upgrades totally screwed the pooch.

Garry has an upgrade waiting on his iPad and he’s afraid to let it run. I don’t blame him. My last upgrade on the PC and the Mac were BOTH disasters. How are your machines running?

All my computers are a mess — and I haven’t done anything to them. This is the stuff they are doing.

I don’t know what they are trying to achieve, but it’s not working. I wish they would stop. If you think I’m confused, just imagine how GARRY feels.



Categories: Apple, Computers, devices, Marilyn Armstrong, PC-format, Software, Technology

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  1. Nobody could remember the number of passwords that most people have these days unless they have an eidetic memory. I use a password manager but after an update, it no longer works the way it used to. I can get around it if I use it from the desktop. My two computers have survived updates so far. Remember when Windows 10 first came out and we were all debating whether to get it or wait a bit? That computer was “too old” then so I stayed with Windows 7. I think that saved its life because it still works fine if a little slower. Naomi did get Windows 10 and she swears an update killed her old computer.
    My laptop is glitchy, sometimes the internet drops out for no reason, even though the streaming device on the TV is still working. Sometimes the sound drops out even when I’m in the middle of using it. It usually comes back when I reboot but it’s annoying to have to do that when you are in the middle of something especially two or three times an evening. I can’t decide if this is a hardware problem or a Windows problem. As for WordPress, I’ve experienced the signing in thing from time to time but not as bad as you seem to be getting it. Wasn’t technology supposed to make our lives easier?

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  2. if you had to pick, which would you choose: constant problems with your technology or Trump as President?

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  3. I ran upgrades last night, and it took so long that I finally just went to bed and let the computer do its thing. I’m afraid to turn it back on when I get home from work today.

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  4. I routinely refuse the upgrades and modifications and bum-f*ckery that’s going on with Microsoft. The others haven’t (apparently) ‘found’ me or they know better than to ask or something. My devices used to be synced (the word for the phenomenon in your house where ALL your devices are linked), but after I got hacked and changed my email address, they stopped being linked. I’m not linking them again. It was a pain in the posterior! And when you get asked to sign back in (which happens to me too) while you’re using WordPress, it’s the WordPress password that is required. If that helps. My sympathies! Can your son help you straighten out the tangle?

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  5. My son uses a “password manager.” It’s an app that keeps all of your various passwords and applies the “right” one when you log into an app or program. He’s trying to convince me to use one, but I’m skeptical of giving a cloud-based third party the keys to my kingdom. What if the password manager gets hacked. Then the hacker has every password to every app I have. I just don’t throw if that exposure is worth the “convenience” of not having to remember all those passwords. And what if I forget the password for the password manager?

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  6. I’m afraid to say how our computers are working because that’s just when all hell breaks loose.
    Leslie

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  7. I truly feel your pain since I too have been suffering the same problem for weeks. I got my son to check it out only to change a dozen passwords (the ones first used originally won’t do – you can’t use, that’s an old one) and finally to some degree of accuracy, I can get back into some accounts but as you say wp is rinse and repeat because they can’t remember your password and you can put it in 10 times before they get it right. Now I might make a mistake once in a while, but seriously, i’m not that inept or stupid! sighs and more sighs.

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  8. This is really tough. I run the upgrades with a fear in my heart.

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    • Whatever they are trying to do, it’s a MESS. Everyday, they want another password and after a while, i don’t know what password I can use. I’m literally running out of passwords. And they don’t know whose version of WordPress is whose or whose email is whose or for that matter, which version of Serendipit belongs to who. It’s horrible! And this is true on the Macs AND the PC — and NOW they want me to add the telephone. Are they kidding me?

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  9. I totally share your frustration. I also don’t agree to updates any longer. I always type ‘later’…. – same with sign-in’s…. I have at the top right corner my icon but should sign-in to comment. What the f…?
    I had to change pw’s again and again and again last week because (it’s true) I changed locations with all my equipment. It seems I’m controlled so much that I can’t use my smartphone/iPad/laptop after going across the border Switzerland/France/England or whatever….. AND the additional problem also is that – as you said – one never know WHICH pw is needed. Amazon/Gmail/WP or other???? I did list my pw’s until I realised that I had changed them a few times since and I could never remember the latest one, as also it was decided that it needed a few additional things such as
    ,./’;-=)(*&^%$£”! THIS ON MY UK ENGLISH KEYBOARD or:
    ,.-äö$¨!ü^’=)(/&%ç*”+ on my GERMAN KEYBOARD.
    So, if I create a new password and have, by any silly chance, my FRENCH keyboard, I think I’m writing something entirely different than What is being taken as my new PW because the French keyboard is the worst of all….
    wxcvbn,;:!ùmlkjhgfdsqazertyuiop^$=)àç_è-(‘”é& (French keyboard) becomes
    yxcvbnm,.-äölkjhgfdsaqwertzuiopü¨^’0987654321on the SWISS GERMAN keyboard!!!!
    Do you, same as me, now urgently need a drink?! Santé….. 🙂

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    • I don’t know what they are TRYING to do, but whatever it is, it’s a really BAD idea and I want them to quit. It’s just awful. I feel like I’ve totally lost control of all my equipment.

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      • Now, I understand the frustration with computers.
        Gee Whizz!
        I’m with Leroy Jethro Gibbs — SHOOT the bloody computers. A bullet in the middle of their password query.

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