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TECHNO-TRIGGERED MELTDOWNITIS

OK so I was screaming at my laptop for thwarting me at every turn. Unfortunately I scream very loudly and swear a lot. #1 son got upset by this and started doing that very unhelpful male thing of advising me to calm down which… well, how can I put this tactfully? Essentially it just added hi-octane jet fuel to the flames. Hysterical tears followed and a massive argument with #1 son, to whom I was very nasty.
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Why?
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I couldn\’t get at my emails.
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Why?
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Well, actually I\’d put in the wrong password. But then I got so furious and upset with the bloody uselessness of the instructions for changing your password that I became an incoherent screaming thingoid from the black lagoon. As my brain was overwhelmed with cortisol and adrenalin, I didn\’t realise it was my mistake in the first place.
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Eventually #2 son managed to get me calmed down enough so I could realise what had happened. So I rang BT Broadband helplineand talked to a very helpful chap somewhere in India who sorted it out and gave me a new password. In the process he had to delete the password for this blog from my computer\’s memory and of course I\’d forgotten that too, which is why I haven\’t posted for a few days.
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But at least I got at my emails and all was splendid. In the meantime I had probably frightened the living daylights out of our lovely new lodger – although the dog was noticeably undistressed and the cat was clearly just wondering if this would delay her supper any further.
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I can cope with a screaming toddler. I can cope with a teenager who feeds pizza to the dog after being told not to and causes said dog to puke all over the living room carpet. I can cope with bureacrats and bailiffs and taxmen and even doctors\’ receptionists in a calm, polite, even good-humoured way.
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So why does my computer send me completely loopy with rage?

2 Comments

  1. Your loving daughter says:

    Because you can’t get your head around the fact it’s not doing anything to wind you up on purpose. It’s doing what it thinks is right based on the information you told it, you can’t argue with it (well, you kind of can- but that involves some fairly high level programming) because it runs entirely on logical algorithms. It’s binary- it only understands yes and no, “is the password correct?”- It doesn’t understand “no, but this is the password that’s a bit similar but spelled funny so close enough, right?” Your computer is an autistic who only speaks maths- it’s doing its best!

    How about next time it winds you up doing something that seems silly you remove yourself from anywhere near the screen for 10 minutes and think through what it might have misunderstood. Write a list down on a piece of paper if you want but don’t go near the thing until you’ve stopped flapping.

    There you go: Advice! x

    1. Patricia says:

      I know it’s dumb to get mad with a bit of jumped up quartz. Yes, indeedy, if I could remember to go away from the screen and calm down for a bit, I would not suffer from techno-triggered meltdownitis. The point is, why can’t I do all this sensible stuff when it matters?
      You know what? I think, if it WAS trying to wind me up on purpose, I could probably deal with it better. And I’m much calmer than I was with the things so why…?
      Don’t worry – you can’t possibly understand, you’re from the wrong generation.
      And actually it was totally the wrong password which makes it even more annoying!

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