Sunday, September 9, 2007

Shooting Trouble

For the most part I am reasonably computer literate. But occasionally something blindsides me and until I figure out what the problem is, I am frustrated and annoyed and cranky. In the last few days at some point, I inadvertently disallowed the cookies for Yahoo.

Now I have no idea why it's called a cookie, but it seems to be a small bit of code that tracks usage. You would think that a tracking cookie wouldn't be that critical to the overall scheme of things, but then you would be wrong. Perhaps if someone explained why it was called a cookie, I could then get with the program. As it is, I have difficulty taking something called a cookie seriously.

I spent three hours this morning tracking down (no pun there) the elusive cookie. Believe me, I tried everything. Finally, I removed all of my anti-virus, anti-spam, anti-everything else software and still the missing cookie was nowhere to be found. Now what?

Next I turned off my Windows firewall, etc, etc. Still no cookie. By this time, I was beginning to feel like the Cookie Monster. Close to drooling and banging my head on my desk, I was moaning, "Cookie, cookie..." My husband suggested a toast and coffee break while he walked the dog.

Refreshed and reinvigorated, I sallied forth once more in search of the Yahoo cookie. Lo and behold I noticed a new button. Click. And there was a list of blocked cookies guessed it...Yahoo. With glee, I unblocked the cookies and immediately checked to see if that was the problem.

Yay! I could log on to Yahoo! Check my mail! Read my chat loops! Amazing how little it takes to excite me these days. Sigh. Of course, I still had to re-install my anti-everything software. And turn all the blocking stuff back on.

Because it was a re-install, the program insisted on running a virus scan which took the better part of the millennium. But I seem to be up and running again. Notice I said "seem to be" because I also had ominous messages blinking at me that some programs might not work properly due to the resets. I just love surprises, don't you?

So now that I'm finished with my trouble shooting for the morning, perhaps I'll get back to the main event and write a chapter or two on my current work in progress.

Have a blessed weekend and be well.


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  1. I'm so glad for you!!! Grab some milk and a TimTam. Show those cookies how they are SUPPOSED to be dealth with!

  2. computers...fabulous when they work - crap when they don't - but isn't that just life?

  3. I'm so happy to hear I'm not the only one who screams obscenities at the computer when it refuses to work in the manner and speed at which I expect! My e-books are stuck on my hard drive, and refuse to be written to CD; and now my 3 1/2 floppy drive has joined the strike...this is wonderful, should my children get bored and decide to peruse the 'my documents' file...

  4. Well, the ominous warnings came true and about half of my stuff doesn't work correctly. Mostly stuff from the internet. However, I will slooooowly figure it out. Very sloooowly.