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Pathetic Struggle Of Technology That Doesn’t Even Make Sense Today

Have you ever had one of those days? You thought one item on your todo list was only going to take a few minutes. But one thing leads to another, and your day is wrapped up in that one thing.

Seriously, our technology has advanced beyond us. Yet, it still has so many pathetic hangups that don’t even make sense. Today’s fun is brought to you by the outdated email system hotmail.

That’s right! I still have a hotmail account. I signed up for one back in the day when the internet was crawling and I still had a dinosaur that had 500 MB of space. That was a big hard drive back then until one day when I was looking at new computers and the tech guy was telling me about the 1 GB he had at home.

“You’ve got to be kidding me!”

“No sir! I’m going to put another gigabyte in that thing this weekend.”

“2 gigabytes. You’ll never get full.”

“I know. It’s crazy.”

If you can relate to that conversation, you’re old. I’m telling on myself, but I’m pretty sure you know by now that I am no spring chicken. Anyway, I have a hotmail account and it’s attached to other accounts I have online. That’s where the problem begins. 

I was trying to get into one of those accounts because it’s an important account. But, it’s been on autopilot for years. That is until today. There was an issue and I had to login. That’s where all the fun begins. 

I went to login and I had the wrong password. I tried one more time and it was still wrong. So, I clicked Forgot Password and had it send me an email to reset it.

The reset email didn’t come. I looked through the Junk Folder and no email. I did the reset email again and it still didn’t come. I Googled hotmail and there is an issue with the service, but no support. So, I looked for another way to get into my account and I had to answer some security questions.

When I came up with those answers years ago, I do not know what I was thinking. Favorite restaurant? Favorite sport? First car? First pet’s name?

I got them all wrong. How, I don’t know. But, I obviously had different answers back then than I do now and I don’t know how that’s possible. There is only one first car you can have. Frustrated, I kept trying different answers from memory and their variations, capital letters, the whole nine. I finally get an answer right and I’m just glad it didn’t lock me out from trying so many times. How I did that was pure miracle because I had absolutely no clue after so many tries.

So, now I’m in and I figure I should change my password. Thinking since the password I thought it was didn’t work, I decided to use that one. I got a message that I couldn’t use a password I had already used. You ever just want to grab a website by it’s collar and smack the crap out of it? 

Also, I thought it would be a good idea to change my email. I have updated emails now. It’s time for me to just switch all that over.

No! That’s not as easy as it sounds. They want to send my hotmail a confirmation email, which I cannot get. Now, I’m thinking there is no way that this old email is going to stay my login for the rest of my life.

If I am in my account, if I’ve logged in and verified it’s me, why can’t I just change my profile? Is that too much to ask? Have I really tapped the limits of our technological capabilities?

But, no! It’s like, “Wait a minute! What? You want to do what? I’ve never heard of that?”

“You’ve never heard of someone trying to switch their account to a new email?”

“Nope! You are the first one ever! It’s impossible. Can’t do it.”

“So, you’re saying that we can take pictures from Mars and track packages to when they are going to arrive down to the minute, but I can’t change my email on this account?”

“Nope. It’s simply impossible!”

Welcome to my day! My todo list is officially shot. Shots! That’s a good idea. This is one of those cases when putting off your problems until tomorrow is actually a healthy idea. You know, before something gets broke.

I’m going to sit here first and laugh at these people who aren’t right in the head…

Michael Allen is the author of the newly released novel The Deeper Dark - When Haven Kayd returns home after being a POW for years, he returns to a world that has moved on without him. As he's playing catchup, the truth comes out about a scheme he was unknowingly the poster boy for and he learns about a hidden world that threatens everything he cares about. Available now at Amazon!