A few days ago I congratulated myself on my computer skills.
Karma took its revenge on me quickly enough.
There is a little known site what I run called Martin Scriblerus. One or two of you may have heard of it? Anyhows it developed a problem. Luckily the problem was only in the little private meeting room for members, and only really affected the administration of that room.
Nevertheless it was an important error in its own irritating fashion and had to be fixed. Basically, if I searched for a member’s details, the details it gave me belonged to another member.
So I reverted the database to an earlier backup. That didn’t work.
I reverted the whole site to an earlier backup. That didn’t work either.
I deleted the whole meeting room and installed the latest software. No joy.
I was getting pretty pissed off at this stage.
Maybe the problem was the Interweb. I bypassed a site I use there [CloudFlare]. Nope.
Maybe the problem was in my browser [Waterfox]. I tried in Firefox which I haven’t used in many months. No joy again.
In desperation I took to the Interwebs and joined a help forum. I explained my problem in detail and got a load of replies. All of them suggested things I had tried before.
A thought crossed my mind. Firefox and Waterfox use almost identical software. I loaded Chromium. That worked!
But that meant that any time I wanted to do anything with the site I would have to use a separate browser. Fucking messy. That didn’t appeal at all.
There still had to be a reason. I had eliminated the site as a cause. The Interweb wasn’t to blame. It had to be the browser is some weird way. Maybe it was an add-on I had installed. I ran Waterfox in Safe Mode. That worked! It was an add-on at fault. I went through them and found the culprit – a dodgy record in LastPass which I deleted [the record, not LastPass]. At last the problem was solved and I could relax after several days work.
Being on a roll, I thought I would have a go at fixing a totally unrelated problem that had been bugging me for a while [since I moved to this new laptop]. Any time I clicked a link in an email it opened up a blank new browser. I had come across this in the past and I tried all the fixes. I was back in Nothing Worked Land.
I cracked it in the end. I told the mail to open in Chromium. That worked. Then I told it to forget that and to work back in Waterfox. That worked.
And they say computers run on logic?
At least it all took my mind off the Virus and the miserable weather.