A sad tale of technology dependence
Sometimes I hate technology.
Several months ago I decided to turn over a new leaf and
start using better passwords. So when I got this cool new Sony Vaio laptop, I
set it up with a really good password that I had never used before. It was
long and it contained a bunch of mixed case letters and numbers and funky
punctuation. I made sure nobody was ever going to guess this password.
Not even me.
And then I immediately forgot it.
Fortunately, this particular laptop has a fingerprint
sensor. What a cool piece of technology! I still have no idea what my
password is, but every morning I simply drag my index finger over the sensor and
Windows logs me in.
Last night in the woodshop I sliced my index finger open while
attempting to see if a plane iron was sharp yet. (It was.)
Today, my &*%#$@! laptop thinks my fingerprint has
It was funny at first. I tried every password I could
remember. Then I started to get frustrated.
I searched my desk to see if perhaps I wrote the password
down somewhere. No luck.
After a while, I started to get angry. Why do things like
this always seem to happen before I've had any coffee?
I tried the finger swipe again. Nope.
My condition started to degrade from angry to irrational. I
hated computers. I considered dropping the laptop out my fourth floor window.
I tried swiping my index finger in all kinds of different
ways. Still no luck.
I wished I had never seen a computer before. I remembered the
Amish community just south of Champaign and wondered if they would take me in.
I tried using the middle finger instead. I knew it wouldn't
work, but at the time I just felt like that was the appropriate finger to use.
I picked up the phone to call my parents and blame them for
giving birth to me at the wrong point in history. And as I was dialing, the
fingerprint swipe suddenly worked, probably because I had been trying for so
long that my finger had time to heal.
The new password on my laptop is "Eric". And just in case I
forget my name, I'm going to write it on the outside of the case with a