A Brand-New Computer Problem!

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You know how, if you don’t stay on top of it and regularly delete lots and lots of stuff, you suddenly wind up with ten thousand emails? And you can’t find any of the important items because they’re lost in a sea of junk?

Well, tonight this genius machine has decided not to let me delete emails anymore. I will have to wake up my wife to see if she can fix it.

My editor’s computer has decided to receive only some of its emails some of the time.

We’ll never create genuine artificial intelligence; but we have truly mastered artificial stupidity.

Excuse me for a moment… EEEEYAAAAH—!

About leeduigon

I have lived in Metuchen, NJ, all my life. I have been married to my wife Patricia since 1977. I am a former newspaper editor and reporter. I was also the owner-operator of my own small business for several years. I wrote various novels and short stories published during 1980s and 1990s. I am a long-time student of judo and Japanese swordsmanship (kenjutsu). I also play chess, basketball, and military and sports simulations. View all posts by leeduigon

27 responses to “A Brand-New Computer Problem!

  • Linda Sorci

    Like you, Lee, I’m at a distinct disadvantage regarding electronic equipment. Even the jargon doesn’t connect with me much of the time. It’s very frustrating to have an inanimate object loom so dauntingly – especially after it has made itself nearly indispensable.

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  • Erlene

    Amen, Linda. I have the same frustrating problems with electronics. They seem to deliberately set out to see if they can drive you to the loony bin.
    Just when you have finally conquered the oddities of one system BOOM! A new program comes on the scene and nothing makes sense any more.

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  • UnKnowable

    Mercy! These durned things are getting nastier by the day.

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  • thewhiterabbit2016

    I gave up trying to delete emails. I currently have over 21,000 unread emails. Yahoo doesn’t seem to care. I guess it’s like YouTube, and infinite amount of gigabytes.

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    • leeduigon

      Uh, doesn’t that make it, like, super-easy to lose that one email that just might be important? I mean, you never know when some warlord’s daughter from the Ivory Coast might want you to open a bank account for her because she’s fallen in love with you and needs some safe place to stash her father’s $20 million….

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      • thewhiterabbit2016

        Oh, you received that email also 🙂

        I print out emails that are important. Also, I can tell which emails I’ve opened and which ones I haven’t so finding an old one is not that difficult (but sometimes time consuming).

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  • marlene

    Today is 3/8/18 and I just got to this, your email. I’m 4,938 emails behind with a 5,000 limit and have a hundreds of thousands of emails in folders which I saved to either print, refer to, or post. I too can’t find that one email I so desperately need. Though I know it’s somewhere in a folder, it takes so long now to go through them that I just don’t have enough time to find it,
    My service recently changed its format and I can’t change, add or delete files. “Permanently” deleting files which I have already deleted once is now a time-consuming effort. Animated adds have been placed to the right of my email folder which reduced the viewing space, forces me to move it to the left and to the right, and disturbs my concentration. First one site, then two, now three sites disappear while i’m reading an article so I can’t save it, print it, or copy it. The technician said they were having “server” problems and everything would be fixed in a week. That was 6 weeks ago and it’s same-o same-o. So I would say welcome to the club. PS: Please keep me/us posted.

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    • Linda Sorci

      Oh my goodness, Marlene! This sounds like me lol. Those animated ads are such a huge problem. Not only are they in the way, but they seem to slow down the loading of emails. That’s why I don’t use that server anymore.

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      • leeduigon

        Hey! Let’s all hook our brains up to some great big computer run by Google or the government so we can all be Smart!

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        • marlene

          Oh, those tech guys think they’re real smart. But what they don’t have is our wisdom and heart. Frankly, i’d rather be stupid than hook up my brain to those who are so mean.

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      • marlene

        Here’s an extra paddle since we’re all in the same boat of low tech. Being technologically challenged especially in tech jargon, what do you mean you don’t use “that server”? Do we have a choice? BTW, don’t mean to bother you, but since I don’t have your email address and you have mine, feel free to write, whenever you have time.

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        • Linda Sorci

          Marlene, please write me whenever you like as well 🙂 As far as a ‘server’ goes, I’m not sure I’m using the right terminology either. You can’t get more low tech than I am. My cousin used to call me a dufus about computers lol. When I say ‘server’ I think of the email server, like yahoo, gmail, Hotmail, etc. The techie in our little group who at least has some of the answers is Unknowable.

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          • marlene

            Yes, Unknowable is technologically brilliant. I copied several of his comments and put them in my “Tech” file.
            You’re too modest – you just told me who my server is – lol!
            PS: I don’t have your email address.

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          • Linda Sorci

            I’ll resend my email address. I actually sent it last week but it may have gotten lost in a spam folder or some such. I’ll resend it momentarily 🙂

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        • Linda Sorci

          Marlene, I sent you an email this afternoon. Did you receive it? If not, either it’s in your spam folder or I might have it wrong. I’ll have to check with Lee.

          Meanwhile, Lee, would you mind resending mine to Marlene?

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    • leeduigon

      That problem of being unable to delete email, my wife solved it later that evening.
      I haven’t seen any of those animated ads you mention. I’d just as soon miss them altogether.

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      • marlene

        You’re lucky to have such a smart wife, especially in computer tech, which you seem to not be interested in tackling. I think some of us faithful readers here would pay you to take courses so as to enlighten and teach us what you learn. I’m a lost cause at this point (because I’m not even sure what a server is and when the tech told me the problem was their server, I said Okay, thank you).

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