Then there is the passcode.
Pass: ‘Do not pass Go’ ... a Monopoly board warning or command? I never did take a pass/fail course, but I did pass the baton in relay-racing, got a hall pass to leave class during high school, heard an old song that said, ‘pass the ammunition.’
My new iPad was ordered sight-unseen and mailed to me. The computer store, although actually open in a local mall, was not going to transfer data from my previous one even if I’d gone in person, donned in a mask covered with a face shield for extra protection. By phone, a grandson 400 miles away, ‘walked’ me through the transfer and erasing the previous device or order to mail to the company’s trade-in place for some cash-back. Then came the e-mail: while my former tablet was ‘clean’ and such, some encoded item still present had to be removed. Go to Find My Phone, they said; my phone was next to me so why should I ‘find’ it. I looked in ‘settings.’ I never had that turned on, so what was I to do so the company can finish evaluating my trade-in?
Password finally done and took longer than it should. But I have to enter it in the device, twice. Done. Oh, I have to do that again on my phone? Okay. Uh-oh, I’m not finished with this easy process: two-factor authentication. What’s my passcode? Geez. Passcode is not password; how do I open my devices using numbers rather than one digit that has wavy lines unique to me? Go to my ledger and look that up: there, hand-penned with a ballpoint.
Oh, setting up a tech thing is so easy. And changing passwords is not a problem at all. When the pandemic ends, the public will hear how important a Geek is to do these things, for the small price of $100 set-up.
I once thought moving pieces around a Monopoly board was confusing with the railroads, and which properties were worth saving and which ought to be traded if any player even would trade. Do not PASS Go... Maybe that would make a valid password..... nope, doesn’t have numbers or symbols.
Lois Greene Stone, writer and poet, has been syndicated worldwide. Poetry and personal essays have been included in hard & softcover book anthologies. Collections of her personal items / photos / memorabilia are in major museums including twelve different divisions of The Smithsonian. The Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History’s current ‘Girlhood’ exhibit has a large showcase where Lois’ photo represents all teens from the 1950's; her hand-designed clothing and costume sketches are also displayed.