Ah, like the changing of the seasons, so it's time for computer issues.
They are cyclical in their own way, following some sort of electronic cosmic flow. There is a logic to it but The week before, I wrote about issues with the MacBook Pro and its sudden inability to make a secure connection to the router.
It's amazing how often the question is out there, how far back it goes, populating forums. As amazing is how many work-arounds exist and solutions to try. I tried many for days with no luck. The logs showed on reason. I suspected, from what I saw, that I had something corrupted in conjunction with the key chain but removing and adding it do nothing, nor did the first aid. Meanwhile, I had hard wired the MBP to the router.
Then we had a power strip go out. I replaced it. For grins, I tried to connect the MBP again; no go. Everything else remained fully connected.
The power strip replacement had been done in the middle of the night and left a mess of exposed connections. I bought a new power strip to replace it, pulled everything out, tidied and organized my connections and put everything back. For grins, again, I tried connecting the MBP secure via Airport.
Presto, chango, connected. It's magic.
I recalled this all this morning and wrote about it because I had issues connecting my work machine this morning. It's not unusual. It connects securely to the router, no problem, but the VPN client often then has issues. Today, it had quite a few issues. Would not open to begin the connection process.
This is one of those times when it's especially irritating; to get help online you must be connected but I can't get connected. It reminds me again of the old shanty, "There's a hole in my bucket."
Meanwhile, I'd arisen early for an early call. I called in at six AM while I was working on this, expecting to be connected to the conference at any moment. The hold music played on and on in the background as I worked, two minutes past the meeting's start time...four minutes...nine minutes...ten....
I brought up my smart phone to check my work email. It couldn't synchronize.
Still my VPN wouldn't open or connect. The hold music played old.
Nothing was left but to shut everything down on my system and reboot.
Twelve minutes into the call, I shut down my connection to it, turning off the hold music.
A month ago, this would have really upset me. Three months ago I'd my grinding and gnashing my teeth and swearing like a madman on meth. Today, my response is, "Oh, well...." I' m bemused as much as anything. I do what I can but if none of that works, I shrugged and think, "Oh, well."
Ah, computers. Just last week, on a call, someone's machine was acting up and we all chuckled in sympathy. None of us were immune to a computer work stoppage. It's like the old saying goes: In each life, a computer must sometimes fail.
I also had a moment last week when the computer told me in a popup, "You have two different status messages being displayed." I do? I wondered. What were the status messages? Is this normal? How could it be fixed? On those points, the computer said nothing. I shrugged it off. Really, all of it is meaningless without context.
Time for the next call.
Hope your Monday is going well if it's beginning, or it went well, if it's ending. That's the thing with the calls in Asia; it's often the next morning for them. So they wish us good night and we wish them good morning.
Update: Once my system was up, the first message I saw was from my manager, telling everyone to use a passcode for the first call. Great. I couldn't access anything, so I couldn't know.
Once I was on the next call, I listened to others talking about their computer and network issues. Online systems not connecting, chat failures....
It was reassuring to know I was not alone.
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