Last night, late, I fired up my personal laptop. It came back with a "please update your virus protection" message. OK I haven't done that for a while so I let it do it. Now I've had this PC since the start of the year, so the "free" virus updating service is about to run out. OK I'll fill in all the information it needs and download this program that will act as a personal firewall and do all sorts of cool stuff - thank you Norton.
It doesn't warn you how big the download is ... mine was 44MB over a modem running at 42K ... yes that's about 2 hours *grrrrrrr* Anyway having started I thought I'd finish. So now I install it and configure it with the "help" of a wizard suggesting helpful settings - OK, whatever, I'll sort out any changes I need later when I get around to reading the documentation (yeah right ... well we all do it don't we). After a couple of reboots (remind me XP was the version of Windows that didn't need all the reboots right?) I thought I'd get round to reading my hotmail ... which was actually why I'd turned the machine on all those hours ago.
Ahh ... default setting is to only allow internet access to previously named sites. Browser just sits there and pouts at me. Ok *slight irritation by now* Find the right bit of the firewall software and start adding URLs to allow me to see things ... except adding hotmail doesn't let me get there. Hmmm - try other sites. livejournal? Ok works fine. blodtandsmidigt (my personal web space)? Fine. Hotmail? Nah.
Notice that hotmail goes to some other site to check the .net passport, so add that site but still no joy *grrrrrrrrr* Hunt around and get extra messaging turned on to see what is failing. Wow - hotmail goes via msn.com and seems to spend 3/4 of its time reading and writing cookies ... but still no clue why it is failing.
By now it is gone 3 AM and my alarm will be going at 5.30 - time to give up in frusration and quit before I get too far behind. So here I am in at work grumbling about it all and getting around to reading my mail here.
Does anyone actually think computers save us time? I certainly don't :)
Hope you day starts better than mine did.