Wednesday, January 25, 2017

You wanta password? Code? In your face.

Oh yeah? I'll give you a password.

Password—a cursed word. 

Today was a “sign on to Microsoft” day.  Since I have not put these on a flash drive, but have diligently kept them in an address book, typing in passwords are not usually a problem.

Encountered a red error note telling me that this was the wrong password, needed to reset.  MSoft sent me a code by email, a line of seven numbers.  I copied and pasted them into the password box, pushed enter.  THEN I was told THIS was an ERROR!

Got another seven numbers, pasted them in, moved onto the next step to create a new password: bunny1foo9foo.  

MSoft wanted me to type my old password. 

???What??? If I knew the damn password, I would not be resetting a new one.  Why? MSoft asked.  Because I had forgotten the old password, you blinking idiot program.

Back to getting code.  Back to pasting the code.  Back to making a new password, a deceased relative’s name.  Back to saving.  Then, then, trying to get into my account. 

MSoft didn’t ACCEPT this new password.  Suggested a code.  Wanted to send me a new code. I pushed cancel.


Either MSoft is playing me or God is having a bit of a giggle.

The only swear word used here is "damn" which is pretty much my only cursing.  But today, man, big words were floating around my wandering brain.

28 comments:

  1. lol that would sure make big words float around in my brain too. Hate when they make you jump through 50 hoops.

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  2. I am certain that some programmer and employees on the other side of the screen are masochists.

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  3. I just hate it when the passwords go south.

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    1. Doing battle with my computer is darn exhausting.

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  4. Oh yes. Been there, done that. Do you know what the current thinking on passwords is? Passphrases. With spaces and everything. Of course, that doesn't help when you're trying to get it to accept a password you've used for a while.

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  5. Sigh. All too familiar and frustrating. And I have from time to time thought words which would have had my mouth scrubbed.

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  6. Password hell, been there, done that and have wanted to put my fist thru the monitor.

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    1. There are many things I would like to do to the monitor, all incl. acts of violence.

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  7. Huh. I've forgotten passwords and when I type in the wrong one, it says incorrect, but also there is a link underneath which says 'I forgot my password" or something similar and I click on that and it sends me an email with a question which is a clue to my password, if I chose a question when setting the password originally. If not, it sends a code to reset, but I copy it onto paper then type it in instead of copy/paste, because the manual way usually works better.
    Anyway, haven't had to go through that for a long while, I just seem to be able to remember my passwords and they are written down in case I ever forget or if 'no-one' needs to access my computer.

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    1. I have also done all the above. My notebook of passwords is almost full. Sigh.

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    1. Yesterday went well until the evening. Thanks for your kind words.

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  9. There are days when I am tempted to remove the hard drive smash it to bits and never touch another computer again....but......I am addicted. My name is Delores and I'm a technology addict. There, I said it. Somehow I don't feel any better.

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    1. My name is Susan and I'm a technology addict. It must be a large meeting.

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  10. Is that not the most annoying thing ever? I get locked out of the Disqus commenting system all the time. It tells me to click on the email they send me, but they never send it.

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    1. Sometimes I am sure they have a short term memory out there.

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  11. If I'm trying to sign in for some blogging network, even if it's for pay, and it says my password is forgotten more than one time, I just move on. The password thing is almost as aggravating as accidentally hitting the re-load button on accident. ;)

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    1. I wonder how many heart attacks and strokes are the result of setting passwords.

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  12. I feel your pain. I feel as if I'm carrying around the Suitcase with the Nuclear Key when I pack my computer and the Password Folder that I can't go anywhere without.

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  13. Oh my gosh - I can so relate to this post! I live in mortal fear of not being able to access stuff. Same deal - If I could remember the stupid password I wouldn't be in the predicament of trying to reset! I don't know how many places I no longer visit, because I don't want to reset the password. It's easier to live without the agony. There are just too many to remember, for every little thing! Technology, the terror of aging!

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    1. If only we could taser the program at the other end: Here's my password ZZZZZZ.

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  14. Technology can be so good and then you get days like this!!!

    I sympathise ...

    All the best Jan

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    1. If I ever have a day without this aggravation I will release balloons, doves, butterflies, and confetti.

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  15. I used to love taking photos and making vids for my posts but I quit because of just what you are talking about. They kept saying wrong password, error.
    wrong. It's easier to quit than tear my hair out (what I have left)...lol

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    1. I think it would be satisfying to find Microsoft, spray the building with paint balls.

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Go ahead...it won' t hurt...I'd love to hear what you think!