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February 27, 2014

'Locked Out! Password Required'

(Continued)

“Y-yes.”

“Did you dial 911 and hang up?”

I apologized profusely. Fortunately, they understood the situation (and believed me) and went on their way. Actually, I was pleased to know that Mt. Peasant’s finest were on the job (and making allowances for numbskulls like me).

After 8 a.m. I called the cellphone store. They couldn’t help.

I kept trying different passwords. I was on my 10th. Gulp Gulp. The screen went blank, and a little word appeared, “Wiping.” Gulp Gulp Gulp.

After two hours of “wiping,” “reprogramming” and “reactivating” my BlackBerry was back in (wounded) operation. Curiously, I was never asked for a new password. And the wiping? All my stored phone numbers had been deleted. Great. I’d have to start over from scratch. (I should have listened to my son. He’d been after me for a long time to upgrade.)

My cellphone was computer problem number one. Computer problem number two, and this has been going on long before my cellphone problem, is that I haven’t been getting emails until one, maybe two days after they’re sent. I’ve studied and studied my Yahoo account, and changed passwords, but cannot, for the life of me, figure out what is wrong. What’s more frustrating is that you cannot call Yahoo.

I recently read in “Time Magazine” that there are these new computers, called Quantum Computers, that work in the realm of quantum mechanics — think umpteen times bigger then supercomputers. These Quantum Computers have the capability (theoretically), of analyzing more data in the wink of an eye, than there are atoms in the universe, i.e., “of tapping into the fabric of reality in a fundamentally new way....”

Please, God, not a bigger computer.

Have a good story? Call or text Curt Swarm in Mt. Pleasant at (319) 217-0526 or email him at curtswarm@yahoo.com.

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