· Naughties
· · 2006
· · · August
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Back to the Land · Every year I spend a few days on a fam­i­ly member’s farm in Saskatchewan; this is usu­al­ly fol­lowed by many pho­tos of cows and Prairie land­scapes here on on­go­ing. The In­ter­net there is dial-up but us­able, with the ap­pli­ca­tion of some dis­ci­pline. On­ly this year, I fired up my recently-repaired Mac and it told me that my in­ter­nal mo­dem did not ex­ist. Re­peat­ed re­boots failed to make any pro­gress, and I couldn’t re­al­ly get to the Ap­ple knowl­edge base. That’s OK, all I re­al­ly need is email and I could use the secure-webmail in­ter­face for that. On­ly for some rea­son, that wasn’t work­ing; in­com­pre­hen­si­ble er­ror mes­sages about some­thing be­ing mis­con­fig­ured. Ouch; so I filed a trou­ble tick­et and called my boss’ ad­min and asked her to drop me a voice­mail if any­thing super-important went across our group alias. Then when I called back to check my mes­sages, my per­son­al­ized Sun 1-877 num­ber gave me a busy sig­nal. Clear­ly, some heav­en­ly pow­er did not want me in­ter­act­ing with work. So I closed the com­put­er with an em­phat­ic “snap” and went to take a crap, and the toi­let backed up.
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