Adventures in WP Land

I was away from WP for a couple days last week, but not because I wanted to be.

I wasn’t able to log on. 😳

It all started on Saturday when I tried to access my WP app on my phone. A new screen popped up and I was asked for my password. I thought, yeah, okay. Many other sites do this every so often.

So I typed in my password. But … no dice. It was suggested that I change my password, a link was sent to my email, and I thought, yeah, okay. That password is quite old. I should change it.

This photo has nothing to do with technology. It’s just a nice photo of a local waterfall here in the Northwest Territories so that talk of technology issues doesn’t ratchet your blood pressure up too high.

So I changed my password. But … no dice. It was suggested that I change my password, a link was sent to my email, and I thought, yeah, this is getting irritating.

I tried again, and … no dice.

But I was able to access WP on my desktop. So until I got an answer from the WP “happiness” gurus, I went there, because normally I use my phone.

Until I couldn’t access my desktop either.

Somehow, I was signed out. It was suggested that I change my password, but … you know the drill.

Yikes. No access. At all.

So there was lots of emailing with WP, and with turnaround being anywhere from 12 to 24 hours, this took a while to sort.

This is a heart attack picture. Er, technology picture. 😉

The upshot is that I sent a  screen shot of the password request loop that I was inhabiting; they came back with suggestions for a retrofit, and then everything started to work after I changed passwords once more and then tried logging in again.

The WP people were friendly and helpful.

But the whole thing got me thinking about our dependence on technology and the bugs that can infect it. In my work I rely heavily on technology, but every time I think about going completely paperless, something like this happens to remind me that it’s not a foolproof system and and then I think, yeah, maybe I’ll go paperless … at some nebulous point in the future.

So, there’s paper in my office. Lots of it. (Although a lot less than there used to be.) And I guess that makes me the worst sort of Luddite schmo because really, I’m worried that there’s going to be some sort of tech blow-up and I’m going to need it.

I also work in a part of the world that’s largely off-grid – the Northwest Territories is a massive land area with a relatively small population. Cellphones can quickly become useless up here and aircraft and vehicles need sat-phones (as well as survival kits) for emergency purposes.

Sometimes, we need to be aware of where we are and how quickly technology can abandon us.

What do you think? Have you gone completely paperless? Would you be able to survive without your cell? Do you worry about a technology collapse?

41 thoughts on “Adventures in WP Land”

  1. Sorry to hear about your technology headaches, Lynette. I’m happy you go it straightened out. If we had a landline, I could definitely live without my cell. I worry about a collapse with the banking industry. Enjoy your day!

    1. Thanks Jill. I did get it figured out, and it was just annoying, mot critical. The banking industry – the idea of a technology crash there just gives me the heaves. I don’t even want to think about it. Technology is definitely a double-edged sword.

  2. Technology is frustrating and I have fought many battles to get into WP and other programs. Sorry you had so many problems. I keep a lot of my information on paper – because I do not trust cellphones and computers. Perhaps someday the system will get better.

    1. Thank you. I did get it sorted out and at least it wasn’t something really important. What bothers me about a better technology system is the rise of AI. Do we need to worry about a Terminator-type situation?

      1. I hope we don’t have to worry about a terminator situation. I wish they would just do something right in the first place. Get tired of downloads that mess up my programs all the time.

  3. I’m one of the few people remaining who doesn’t use or even carry a cell phone. I love my internet, but I spend enough time on my desktop at home and don’t want to be able to carry the temptation with me elsewhere. I always have issues with the password thing for any site where I set a complicated one (like here) whenever I change computers. It will recognize the password on one device, but not another. My last laptop wasn’t able to get into my email… I finally just gave up trying to fix the issue and only checked it on the desktop.

    1. I have a friend who has never had a cellphone and won’t get one. She is tech-educated and uses it at work all the time but draws the line at her house. She doesn’t use a computer at home, either. She feels that we need to have boundaries around it so that the power of tech companies is controlled and privacy is maintained. Given all the intrusion, she might be very right.

  4. Good old WP. I see they are once again trying to get people to update their sites. My site has gone from 100% ready to 85% to 75% and now to 67% as they push to get me to adopt new formats. Not sure what that is about. As to WP login, this happens to me whenever I dump my cache and history. It was a cookie thing with me. Not sure what happened with yours. I could live without my Cell, but would have a hard time without my laptop. Thanks for sharing Lynette. Allan

    1. You’re welcome, Allan. 🙂

      I don’t seem to have an issue with cookies. I dump them every couple of weeks and I haven’t had a problem signing in that I can remember as a result of that.

      WP is always playing around with formats and the way they make sites visible. Did you notice that last year your number of views dropped? Mine went down a lot and I noticed other people commenting on this too. They can’t seem to stop tinkering.

      I need to be hooked in for my job but I won’t allow my devices to communicate with each other – Android laptop, Apple cell phone. I don’t want an Apple watch. This massive degree of wiring is all about making money off information, and I think we need to start drawing some boundaries. It’s starting to go too far imho.

  5. Some of the most stressful issues can be tech related. There are some things I refuse to allow tech to do for me. Maybe it makes me old, but I really don’t want a tech failure to completely grind my world to a halt. That and concerns about privacy will always be an issue. My son would love nothing more than to live in a fully automated house. I keep telling him that there will come a time when he ends up fully locked in said house because of a technical glitch and I won’t be visiting (I’m mostly joking) because I don’t want to get stuck with him.

    1. That’s so true! I depend a lot on it at work, and a failure is a real problem.
      I agree about the privacy issues. These massive companies will do anything to make money from our information, and I believe we are becoming much too sanguine about that. It will probably take bolder incursions from them before people start to re-value privacy again. The young are more susceptible to this, yes. No, no wired house for me, no Nest, I’ve turned Siri off. Yikes. Leave me alone. 😉

  6. What do you think? Have you gone completely paperless? Would you be able to survive without your cell? Do you worry about a technology collapse?

    I think too much emphasis and reliance is placed on cell phones, and yes, there is indeed a possibility of a tech collapse. I’ve heard rumors about the capacity for all this connectivity being overwhelmed, and in some areas failing (I didn’t understand it properly and I admit I still don’t). I have a cell phone, and I LOATHE it with a passion usually reserved for enemies. I have it because I’m gimpy (lame and halt) and if my car breaks down, it’s a lifeline. Otherwise? It’s a huge pain in the ass. I’m seriously considering getting my land line back because the damned cell doesn’t work very well vis a vis phone calls in my home. It drops calls, there are multiple re-dialings and lots of “can you hear me now?” b.s. I think those stupid things might well be the downfall of modern society. But I’m a dinosaur who has outlived her time too.

    1. I don’t know if we’ll have a tech collapse or AI will take over. I do know that I really dislike the intrusion into my private life and “requirements” for us to buy, buy, buy more, more, more of it as these companies thrive off the information we’re letting them have.

      I’m not much of a cell phone fan but I need it for work along with lots of other tech. I’ll be happy to abandon it when I retire. 🙂

  7. I view technology as a gift rather than a necessity. I lived just fine without it for the first half of my life, I’m sure I’d be fine with out it, after a period of adjustment of course. Sometimes these things can also be a cage!

    1. Right? There are definitely great things about it, but I think the drawbacks are starting to become worse, imho. I don’t think that we really “need” it as much as we’re being told we do.

  8. I’m not comfortable going any more paperless than I already am, which is not much. I worked in IT and systems support for decades, and I understand how easily things can hit the fan… 😉

    1. Yes, I bet you do. I have also seen spectacularly disastrous failures (usually with loss of life involved). I don’t think it’s an exaggeration to say that it may be getting beyond us. I am going to be happy to set most of it aside when I retire. 🙂

  9. First of all, Who, What and How did you get WP techs to help you? I recently had an issue where I had to sign into WP every time I commented on a post, when I was already signed in. It took me forever and a day to find out where to get help, and then it was just a message board. There was no email option. I eventually did get it fixed, but simply finding a tech to help me was a feat.

    Secondly, I don’t use my cell for anything but calls and texts. It’s an old Smart Phone that they don’t make anymore. I’m sure it will go out one day, but then, and only then, will I get a new one. I use my laptop for everything else, and I think I would be lost without it.

    BTW, I agree with Jill. The banking industry is the real worry.

    1. Hi Lori, if you go to “My Sites” and then “Plan,” a bunch of options will come up for business, etc. At the bottom right of that page, there’s a floating question mark. If you click on that, an option to “contact us” comes up. I always use that if I need to have a specific issue addressed. The message boards don’t work very well, imho.

      My cell (and it’s a very new one with all the stuff) is stuck to me like glue because of my work. I literally have it with me all the time. I’m going to be very happy to cut my use of it waaaay back when I retire. I’m turning it off (!) when I go for winter holidays. Yay!

      Yes – I do have concerns about the banking industry.

      Have a good weekend. 🙂

  10. oh-oh-ohhh! the love/hate of it all… Side-rant: tech depts giving themselves cutesy names just adds insult to injury. WP (Happiness) and Apple (Genius Bar), I am thinking of you. Main rant: every time they make a device “smarter” they make it more cumbersome to use. Now my iPhone keeps getting in my face with screens suggesting I try this or that, so I have to navigate past that layer before I can get on with what I want to do, and my cable company keeps flashing messages on-screen about clever things it wants me to try, instead of just letting me do what I want to do. I promise you, guys: when I want to learn something, or solve a problem, I will ask. Meanwhile, get out of my way. Okay, deep breath, down from my soap-box and end of rant.

    1. Thank you! 🙂

      Rant away! 🙂

      I agree; the cutesy names are nauseating. At best, they’re very silly. Who do they think they’re kidding? Yikes.

      It’s all about money, of course. Up sell, up sell. I avoid advertising whenever I can but those annoying screen ads are everywhere and they turn me off more than many other types of ads. But I’m not a good target for sellers anyway because I only buy when I need to; I’m not much of an impulse buyer and if I get pushed I’ll walk away.

      1. I’m also a hard sell – I try to care for things, and I expect them to last. But tech companies can ultimately coerce you by withdrawing support and compatibility for your ageing devices with the newest ones. And of course when I was working freelance I had to be compatible with my clients…

  11. I’ve been a computer geek since I was 17. I am NOT paperless. I know how hinky technology can be. Garbage in. Garbage out. It is all dependent upon the human programming.

    I’m old enough to remember the days before computers. I could easily return, having been immersed & subjected to its inherent nonsense most of my life.

    Return to REAL money instead of imaginary numbers on a screen? Yep.

    1. Thanks for your comment. 🙂

      The banking is a concern for me, as is my privacy, and I know that breaking privacy is the whole goal of companies like Google. What I and millions of others like me do and discuss and chat about us worth lots of money to them. What surprises me is how willing people are to give their privacy away on the grounds that they’re “not important.” Privacy is unimportant until you need it.

  12. Have you gone completely paperless? NO!!! Paper backup for everything, almost.

    Would you be able to survive without your cell? I have a stupid phone, just making and receiving calls. I no longer have a land line – it was twice the price of my simple cell plan – but could certainly reinstate it.

    Do you worry about a technology collapse? Only a little; I use my e-mail a lot for communication, but don’t NEED to. I like being able to I do nothing financial on line. EVER!! I avoid tech in my vehicle as much as possible. I don’t have internet at home, so certainly no “smart” house spying on me. (I have to say, though, the friends who have Nest, or its equivalent, a their second home are glad to be able to monitor comings and goings, indoor temperature, etc. from a distance.)

    I enjoy books, my knitting, kayaking, travel – none of which requires tech!

    1. Hi kayak. 🙂

      There are many, many advantages to technology; as you say, your friends can monitor their house when they’re not there, and technology has much improved other facets of our lives.
      
But I really think some of it is starting to get ridiculous. You can’t turn around without some big company blaring at you to buy whatever tech piece they’re trying to sell, and mostly it’s an attempt to get information from you so that they can use it to make more money.

  13. I’m sorry about the “tech-aches.” I think WP had an app update recently and that could be what caused your woes.

    No, haven’t gone paperless. Probably won’t, either, for lots of things, for many of the reasons you state. Tech is just too dicey, in many ways, to rely on it to that degree, IMO. I find that rather ironic. In the early days, we were told that becoming tech would help us become paperless, save the trees, all that. But, tech is so buggy and crashy that we need loads of paper to back it up, way more than we’d use if we’d never tried to go paperless in the first place.

    Still, I love paper and I love tech, so there’s that, lol. I also love your soul-soothing pictures. 🙂

    1. Thank you Vanessa. 🙂 It really wasn’t such a big deal; it just got me thinking about technology in general. 🙂 I didn’t know they did an update; maybe that was the source of my issue.

      Yes – we were told how we were going to be paperless and were going to save the planet – so right! Yup, years later I’m still backing up with paper.

      I’m glad you liked the soothing waterfall photo. 🙂

  14. Sorry about your WP woes, Lynette. I had a couple of days when my iPhone wouldn’t log into WP, about two weeks ago. I tried everything I could think of, then hubby suggested I shut down my WP app and then restart it, which worked a treat.

    1. Thank you. 🙂 As these things go, it wasn’t very serious, just annoying.

      One of the other commenters, Vanessa, said that WP did an app update, so maybe that caused the problem. I tried shutting it down as well – I removed it and then re-installed it – but that only worked after the WP folks did their thing, whatever that was. 🙂

  15. I have had some thoughts about this lately. I know that as I work on my next project – which is to organize my paperwork, plan my funeral, all that stuff I also want to have a written down book of passwords at least for the major stuff, and the router etc. My wife is not tech savy and the whole purpose of me to do this in advance is to help her when I am gone. It’s quite a process as I will need to include instuctions for pension and survivor pension and more. But I can do it easier than her and then once done I will only need to update it periodically. We had unexpected death in the family just 9 days ago and I know how devastated we all felt so I want to get this done, but it will be on paper but maybe a back up for editing and reprinting.

    1. Such a great idea to do this and so very necessary. I’m getting these things organised as well. I agree that it’s especially necessary to leave a list of passwords. I recently experienced a situation where passwords weren’t left and this caused so much trouble. I plan to leave mine in the safety deposit box. No tech issues there. one hopes. 😉

  16. How incredibly frustrating and scary! I do keep some paper copies of everything I’ve written–just in case. My job is completely online though. I’ve hit so many glitches that have often resolved themselves on their own, which is a relief, but I always joke: “If this solution stops working, I’m going to have no choice but to quit my job and try a different online job.”

    1. Hahaha. 🙂 Great joke.

      I can’t work completely online but the internet is involved to a great extent. The WP thing was certainly frustrating, but in the scheme of these issues, not very serious.

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