Maybe it’s just me, but it seems like every day - without fail - something either fails outright or doesn’t do what it’s supposed to do. Two days ago, my Apple watch mysteriously quit unlocking my MacBook. Not a big thing, but irritating and unfixable after an hour’s effort.
Today, I discovered that when I receive an email notice on my iPhone of a Scanalyst message, like a reply to a post from “bugapi via scanalyst”, the link to “visit topic” quit working correctly. Before today, when I clicked the link I was taken promptly to the post in question. It has always worked that way. This is an important function to me, as I do it more than a few times a day. As of today, the link takes me to my browser (Brave, which I have been using all along), but to the previous page which was open. It does this even if I leave open the Brave landing page in which the URL is blank; it takes me to that.
OK. I do several searches, trying to figure out: is this protonmai? is it Brave? BTW, Brave is my default browser as far as iPhone and Protonmail are concerned. My computer-savvy son was visiting. He couldn’t figure it out after checking all settings (which I haven’t changed) in iPhone, Protonmail and Brave. He was of the opinion the problem was with Brave browser. So, I decided to give them some feedback. The next round of “falling apart” thus began.
I tried to log into my Brave account to contact support. My credentials, stored in Mac Keychain, failed. It suggested I open a new account. I did so and entered new credentials using a different email account, in order to avoid the problem I have previously encountered - being told, “sorry an account with that username already exists”. So, I created the account and a new password. I was thanked for creating the account and was asked to log in. I tried to do so, but was told the just created and copied in (i.e., not hand-entered erroneously) credentials were incorrect.Then, it offered to send me an email link for login, instead of logging in with credentials. Three times I requested this but never received an email - to the account it said it would sent it to.
I wish I could say this were a rare series of events, but it is quite frequent. If you count the various failures and misfires of stuff around the house, it is literally just about a daily occurrence. I have developed a temper - never directed at any person - such that I have come close to throwing cell phones or smashing computers. I can imagine some great, albeit temporary, cathartic release from doing so.
In the big picture, this all feels (I know, emotions don’t count) so unfair. My entire work life, I had to be perfect all the time or would have left a trail of bodies. I was responsible and accountable. I was ever consciously aware of my duty and took it very seriously. Around me, nowadays, I see little evidence of any such interest in quality or service (or even basic competence or civility when it comes to the state’s minions who have power over me) anywhere. Electronic devices seem to commonly behave as I have described - erratic, marginally reliable and demanding of a great deal of fussing and maintenance.
I only wish there were feedback loops through which I might singe or incinerate the perpetrators. These people, I suspect (like the corporations who shove woke crap in the faces and down the throats of their potential customers), saunter off to the bank (may their websites crash, often!) with their ill-gotten filthy lucre, in the serene belief that we have no choice, that we have no alternative to using and paying exorbitantly, for their stuff. This circumstance is but price we, the deplorable unwashed, pay for the ‘new and improved’ fascism under which we live.
Effective feedback to our corporate oppressors seems hopeless, as they manipulate searches, “news” and blatantly censor and de-platform. Similarly, feedback to our state masters via voting; mere gestures without impact. Big tech controls the devices; we can see neither the transistors, gates, bits nor electrons in the devices. Big cities control the outcomes of virtually all statewide and surely all national elections. Do you really think the very same utter lawlessness publicly rampant in every large city - where the great majority of ‘voters’ live - does not extend to the 'voting process? - You know, to the Democrat party hacks in every city, who control electronic voting machines (whose electrons are invisible and inherently unverifiable), absentee ballots, their harvesting (paid for by Zuckerbucks) and counting? These are the powerful monopolies, private and public, whose oppression grows before our eyes, even as the quality of our lives deteriorates.
I think oppression in this climate can only continue to work provided the bread & circuses remain sufficiently distracting. That seems to be failing. The stuff that makes everyday life work now fails too often, circuses of entertainment are now wall-to-wall woke political propaganda; bread is too expensive and insect-infested (oh, I forgot, that’s a feature, not a bug any longer). If my own anger at these conditions are any indicator, this may not be a tolerable condition of society for much longer.