I awoke refreshed on Monday, determined to get to the center of the problem and get things up and running again, but again, a major pitfall stood in my way. Now I couldn't get into anything on the computer despite my system showing all was connected and running correctly. I contacted the satellite provider by phone and was walked through diagnostics. After another hour, I was told that the system checked out at their location and for some reason things weren't going through a step to connect. The technician suggested I contact Microsoft and perhaps they could help. I decided that I would first see if simple me could figure it out and so I turned on our old, spare computer, captured a couple of my logs ins and tried playing around with what was online and see if anything came of it. I had a few ideas, but before I could see them through, my wife came home and I decided to sleep on it one more night and if I couldn't get it running by mid-morning the next day, I would surrender and call the so-called experts. Like I used to do when I was in school and studying for a big test, I fell asleep pondering the dilemma to see if what worked then to turn the light bulb of my brain on like it did back when.
On this beginning of the third day without internet service, I finally had an idea. I remembered two things that would help and pursued my challenge accordingly. First, I had noticed of late that every time a large new update to Windows 10 was automatically installed, the odds were the system also automatically changed a few settings. Now I don't know why that was the case, but, indeed it was so, I double checked the settings on the old computer since they worked and then went into the new computer and reset the settings, for I was still able to get into anything that wasn't from the internet or the cloud. I tested my theory and, voila, it worked and about eight this morning I was back in the saddle again. Oh, I am still in the process of setting new passwords, some of which were lost in the fray, but I'm getting there and then I called Microsoft customer service and reported the issue. I was advised they were aware that some of the new updates did have errors that were causing issues for customers and they were working on it. I almost said something, but I decided not to, yet I still am wondering why they didn't have the courtesy to advise all of us with Windows 10 since I am sure many others must have dealt with the same issues. It was better,however, and I'll tell you why. You see, this was just another example of how so many of us have become slaves to the internet for so much of what we do in business as well as in our personal lives. I think there is quite a lesson to be learned from this, and similar experiences.
I'm sure there are times when God is looking down on us and our dependence on technical devices and programs and He probably is gently shaking His head. Why, oh why, He probably asks, why are my children so prone to count on things done by mere mortals instead of me?im. Actually, He probably just chuckles, realizing that is why we need Him so much. I don't know about you, but I think that is something to think about long and hard. And I think that I will redouble my efforts in such situations to walk and talk with Him as a I seek the answers to how to navigate the way to the solution. After all, there isn't anything we are or have that does not owe its very existence to Him, the Creator of everything. When we realize that and act accordingly, we'll be able to find the way with His help to get the answers we need and avoid getting stressed or upset. Meanwhile, I'll keep working on getting all of my passwords and others links back in order but I will try not to expect any man-made convenience to be perfect and foolproof, for those of us who create and use such services are anything but perfect. Now go have a blessed day.