Thursday, October 16, 2008

Beware and a huge "Thank you!" to a mean person

Yesterday morning as I was going through my mail, I came upon a piece from a dear and trusted friend. I noticed the name and in the subject line was : Prop 8 link invitation. I know my friend feels exactly the same as I do in regard to Prop 8 and so I opened the mail.

My computer screen went black and then my computer froze for about 1/2 hour before I could get it back up and running. All of my files were deleted, the screen was black with a few icons on the desktop that, when opened, opened as if the computer were new: No Files. All of my documents were deleted, all of my photos were deleted, everything was gone. Zip. Gone.

I phoned my friend's spouse to inform them of the glitch, the virus or whatever it was, that was being spread via their personal name. The thing is, this family have ALWAYS been Mac users... for anyone not understanding where I am headed with this...Macs don't send or receive viruses (at least from what I understand, and granted, I understand very little when it comes to technology.) So my friend was admittedly surprised to find out about the situation. My concern and only reason for contacting them was to warn them about the hack (into the mail or whatever) that was able to #1 connect the two of us as pro yes on prop 8 folks, and #2 to be able to grab addresses and send out a virus to anyone else in their mailbox. Ugh.

Luckily for me Thor has a bit of technology under his belt and, frankly, I literally prayed that Heavenly Father would help get my computer back up and at least allow me to grab the remaining photos (about 1/3) that I had not transferred to a zip drive. A few hours and a bit of work and between the Lord and His mercy and Thor's tech savvy and I am back on line.

The weird thing about this is I just talked the day before to my sis Robyn about this sort of thing. She advised me that there are people out there who can mask themselves as someone you trust and by opening the mail you get their fun little virus. "Never open a link via your mail." she advised...duh, I just trusted and I guess we can't just trust anymore. Mean people are out there and they want to mess you up.

So, if the person who sent my computer into crash mode this morning is reading: Thanks. You have given me a few good reasons to celebrate. #1. You have increased my faith in God and His ability to answer (even the silliest of) my personal prayers. #2. The Spirit tried to warn me, but I didn't connect the dots until it was too late. But lesson learned. #3. I have a great sister. #4. I have a really sweet, patient, compassionate, and smart husband. #5. Good friends are always good friends, even if they are Mac users and I am a lowly PC user. and #6. You made me think that my position on Prop 8 must be really important. Important enough to keep fighting for, otherwise why would it bug you so much that I, a very small person on the planet, have taken a stand.

So thanks creepy mean person, You have proven once again, #7 that everything, good and bad are for my benefit. You're awesome.

add to sk*rt

12 comments:

shinbou said...

That is crazy. Amazing how Heavenly Father intervenes in our lives. It's amazing that you took this blow and made it something positive. Great example of how we all need to handle things like this. thanks.

Boy Mom said...

Thanks for the tutorial, you're the greatest hopefully I can make it work.

Love the way you look, at life. I, on the other hand wish I could write a program called hackback that attacked the sender of any hostile computer junk coming my way.

Rynell said...

You are awesome to find positive in everything.

S'mee said...

Shinbou, Thanks sweety, you're awesome.

Boy Mom, seriously, that tute was way weird, but I hope it helped, if not write the e-mail and we'll get you through it.

Rynell, all I can think to respond is: "Hello Kettle!"

Susan M said...

I'm thinking somehow the virus email just used one of your own email contacts as the from: person. As in, it somehow accessed your email address book and used your friend's name.

Willis Whitlock said...

Zip drives, hmm, I didn't know they still sold those disks.

I'm happy to hear that you had good resolution.

I suppose computer back up should be a part of preparedness planning. Part of the 48hr. kit?

You may never feel like you can use email again.

The Pea said...

Really scary, But for real, it shows how powerful your one voice can be when you join it in with others. Someone is noticing!

S'mee said...

Susan, you may be right, I am completely ignorant when it comes to technology which leads me to...

Willis! Maybe I am using the wrong nap for whatever it was I put the other photos on, who knows? I am definitely lame when it comes to all of this. AS far as the 72 hr kit, um yeah, that was where a lot of the important stuff has already gone, as in the 2/3 of the photos (ran out of money for more storage on those whatever there called) so I was in the mind set!

Pea, at this point who knows? ugh.

Robyn said...

Awesome awesome awesome. Never underestimate the power that lies within your testimony.

S'mee said...

Thanks Robyn. : )

The Hobbit said...

Hi s'mee Just dropped by to say hello. Life is crazy busy here and sitting at the computer is a luxury I hardly have been able to find time for. Trying to catch up.Thinking of you often......hobbit

S'mee said...

Hobbit: You're awesome! Thanks so much for stopping by, it really does mean a lot to me!