Like everyone else, I saw the news last week that Twitter had been hacked into. "Change your password immediately," the blogosphere warned. Sure, I'll get to that in a...ooh, is that a Smoothie King?
Just as Murphy's Law likes to unfold, I did nothing; my Twitter account got hacked. Within minutes I had sent offensive videos out to all of my followers, prompting a slew of "Abby, why did you send me that bizarre video?" e-mails and texts. My immediate response was teenage-level embarrassment. I might as well have been walking down the halls of my high school with a leaky maxi-pad. The next wave of emotion I felt was that of, "Meh."
Sure, being hacked is a serious pain in the ass, but who hasn't been hacked or received an unusual request to "send money" from an old friend's e-mail account? Being hacked is just one of those technological annoyances we have to deal with and is easily rectified. Change your damn password and tweet an apology.
Dealing with tech frustrations is nothing new; they have just become more technological and less illogical. Thinking about some old tech debacles dating back to the '90s might make you happy to send out spam.
Old Tech Annoyance: Missing Faxes
It's not that no one uses a fax machine anymore, it's just that those people are worthy of being laughed at. The elusive "missing fax" is the equivalent of today's "you didn't get my e-mails? That's weird," except not because faxes just got lost in the stratosphere all the time. I wonder if there is a hidden planet somewhere far out in the ether filled with missing faxes? Maybe evil fax aliens have been swiping them over the years because they really like discounted cruises and daily restaurant specials. The only good thing about the missing fax was it was really easy to blame all of your lack of communication on it -- that damn fax!
Old Tech Annoyance: Nintendo Frozen Screens
There was nothing more upsetting than getting to freakin' Bowser in Mario and hopping over a fireball and BAM, your screen froze with Mario in mid-air. Your first response was to wait it out, maybe it would unfreeze and life would be okay, but as we all knew, this never happened. Basically you were screwed and the two hours of your life spent trying to save the princess were for naught.
The Nintendo screen freeze is somewhat similar to the Amazon/Netflix Instant buffering issue, but at least there is a logical reason for this and that is bandwith or gremlins or something. When your Nintendo froze it was bedlam, and when faced with this mayhem, we did the most rational thing we could think of -- blow inside the machine.
Old Tech Annoyance: Having to Actually Get Money Out of the Bank This might sound really shocking to you, but there was a time when ATMs did not exist. These were dark dark times, to be sure. They were times when you had to go to the bank and have a conversation with a teller. And worse than having to speak to a human being, which is quite awful in and of itself, you had to plan because when the bank was closed, you couldn't get any more money until the next day. How did people survive? It's called a budget and it's also called writing a check, which is another practice headed towards extinction.
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Old Tech Annoyance: Thinking How annoying was thinking, right? Oh, man, it was like you totally had to use your brain to remember things like how to get places, people's birthdays, Presidents' names and the years they ran the country, definitions of words that a person should have learned in second grade, the spelling of the word "restaurant," how many quarts are in a cup, where you are at any given moment and all the words to Don't Stop Believing. Who needs all that thinking nonsense? Huh? Siri? Siri?
Old Tech Annoyance: Cracked CDs, Unraveled Cassette Tapes and Scratched Records
Back in the day, music was 100 percent tangible and therefore easily marred. Did you ever have that one CD that you listened to so much it started skipping in specific parts? Buying a new copy was a ridiculous notion, so you just suffered through. So, every time Alanis Morissette said, "Go down on you in a theater," it skipped, making it sound more like "go down on you and eat her," which really changes the subtext of that line. Thank God for MP3s.