So I click on this YouTube video and suddenly realize I have no sound. People’s lips are moving, but I can’t hear anything.
Apparently I haven’t had sound for sometime, as my Spotify account is still playing in a window under my web browser. I just hadn’t noticed it stopping, is all.
Rather than fiddle with the back of the Devil Box, I decide to apply Cullen’s Secret Computer All-Cure #1. I restart my computer. If this doesn’t work, I check the back of the box. The very worst I’m expecting is to learn I’ll need to by a new set of super cheap computer speakers. No biggie.
What I didn’t consider was that I signed up for and have in fact installed Windows 10.
Which means my Devil Box has a new operating system. And new ways.
For instance, at some point Windows 10 decided that it would be a helpful thing if it had me enter a password to sign back into my Devil Box I’m fairly sure it did this on its lonesome without asking me, for reasons that should have been foreshadowed ahead of time if you looked at the title of this essay.
Foreshadowing: It’s not just for the main text anymore.
Anyways, I loads up this pretty welcome screen I’ve got set up for it, a character from a video game I happen to like, very nice, open up to my part of the computer and hey! I need a password.
As My Gmail address hangs over my sign in for some reason, I intuitively know that I’ll need that password. Super good.
Guess what, guess what!
I DON’T KNOW WHAT MY GMAIL PASSWORD IS! I HAVE TO LOOK IT UP EVERY TIME I NEED IT!!
But I can handle this. Mom has a section on my Devil Box she can use. She hasn’t messed around with Windows 10 yet. Bonus, I can look up the password through her section (I know it’s stupid having those passwords there, leave me alone. ) Problem solved! I am a Genius!
After a brief search in which my Devil Box tells me the list isn’t on the computer (thanks Microsoft for this wonderful PC you’ve given me) I decide to I’d man through the list of files I have. Tough guy, me. I try to open a folder…
..and get told I need an administrator’s password to reach that.
I didn’t even know I set up an administrator’s password.
After I try the usual suspects (no, I never used “password” as a password. Well I did once but I stopped real quick) I say, “Screw it. I’ll just reset the Gmail password.”
This proves quite easy. They even send it to my cell phone. A few button presses and the deed is done.
With that triumph behind me, and feeling quite smug I must say, I go back to my Devil Box with the new password.
It doesn’t work.
Why would it work? WHY IN THE NAME OF GOD WOULD WINDOWS 10 USE MY GMAIL PASSWORD? ESPECIALLY WHEN BRIGHT BOY HERE HAS A MICROSOFT PASSWORD?
So yeah. Kicking myself here.
I shouldn’t have to tell you that I don’t know the Microsoft password. I remember one password and it has nothing to do with any of this.
But telling the truth worked over with Google, it should work with Microsoft. Dear Dread Overlords, I humbly request help with the password I forgot, please thanks hope you don’t delete me.
Microsoft sends me an access code to my Gmail address. Peachy keen super fine. I grab my cell phone to look up the code.
My phone won’t let me access my Gmail account.
There’s a problem with the password.
Typing in the new one? Doesn’t help at all.
I have access to my Gmail through my Kindle. And failing that my Vita. I’m going to get through this yet, darn it.
Kindle, wonders of wonders, let’s me access Gmail no problems. Opens right to the Microsoft email that has the access code. Not even a hiccup.
I suspect my sudden, painful death is imminent. For some reason.
The code allows me to change my Microsoft Password. I head back to my sign in to my section, type in the new password. With breath abated I pressed enter.
I’m back in my little corner of my Devil Box. Finally.
To celebrate I call up Spotify and look up one of my favorite tunes: Masochism Tango. Not sure why that one, precisely, but I’m eager to hear it.
No sound comes out my speakers.
I think this is where I came in…