Yesterday my computer work was abruptly interrupted by an apparent hacking effort. Having gone through this in the last year, I immediately recognized something was entirely amiss, and quickly closed my laptop. Knowing that it isn’t perhaps enough to have the lid closed, I needed to shut it down. Now.
So I reopened the lid, tried to shut it down….spinning….spinning….
[close the lid again] What do I do? Will the shutting down ‘take’ – will I be able to force shut it down??
[open the lid again] Thankfully it closes down in seconds. I then turned off the power strip that activates my office modem. Maybe the lack of a wi-fi connection will thwart the hackers….I don’t know, I’m an expert at other things.
I called my Mac Pro (HUGE props to my Macman, Lenny), texted my tech savvy spouse and remained uncertain of what I should do next.
With a groove I had gotten on in my work for the day, it was a sudden stop. Now what, I thought?
‘What’ turned into the feeling of I’ve Gotten A Lot Accomplished Today AND I tell myself I want to spend less of my life with a screen looking back anyway. So I somewhat happily started into other activities, like the reading that keeps me in tune, sharp and up to date. Books, people. The original printed technology.
It was a delightful few hours.
Lenny called me back, we went through a few things (seems like I dodged a bullet), so commenced again a bit later. I’ll take it in for a check up all the same, yet it has been fine…so far…*knock on wood*
Overall, it’s a reminder that Less screen time is More. My talents and energies are much more valuable than my fingers tapping on a keyboard. Yes, the computer may connect us in some ways; and the forced cessation of work was a welcome if unexpected change to my day. It helped me reconnect with a valuable exercise: reading books to feed my brain and future.
So I’ll thank the hackers for reminding me that non-computer endeavors is where I really find my hum. No thanks to them for their totally unacceptable activities. A pox on them all….
My bigger thought now is, with this having happened (again), adjusting my schedule and activities to reduce my screen time is in order.