Are we On? (Dave Vilhauer blog)

I’ve always had a sort of a love-hate relationship with technology. The more I use it, the more I love to hate it.

Don’t get me wrong, I love technology when it works. But therein lies a big problem. When it doesn’t work, it causes major headaches and what’s worse, I really don’t know what to do about it. You can stick my knowledge of technology into a thimble and have room left over.

This past week I experienced one of those technology issues. First of all, let me say that I am used to getting emails. Lots and lots of emails. I am talking some days near triple figures. That’s quite a few.

However, that total was nothing compared to a recent morning. I immediately realized something was askew when by 6 a.m. I had more than 1,200 unread emails. I knew that my email had been compromised.

As I checked out the emails, they all contained an error message in them and like rabbits, well, they kept multiplying. Quickly.

Within two hours my unread email had soared to more than 5,000 and showed no signs of slowing down. I eventually was able to get some tech support and was told I needed to change my email password. I have come to learn that anything involving a password is trouble. I hate passwords almost as much as technology gone bad.

I painstakingly managed to delete all of those emails (I had some I wanted saved, so that’s why I had to do it manually). All seemed to be going well until all of the sudden I went from a ton of emails to none. Zip. Zero. I knew I had another problem of just the opposite nature.

While it was a nice little reprieve from the world, I knew I was probably missing out on something relatively important, so I had to get my email back up and running. Of course, I had no idea how do to that. I called tech support once again and soon my email life had returned to normal (whatever that is).

I am now back to the point where I am getting a large, although manageable, amount of emails. I have managed to reset my password, but I am convinced that I will probably forget it when the next crisis comes. And you can rest assured that day will come at some point. You just have to love technology, until someday when you hate it.

(I will not have a blog next week. It has nothing to do with technology.)