A Revolting Development

As Daffy Duck exclaimed in frustration, “What a revolting development this is.”
I can explain. No I can’t. Journey Man took a hike last week. Suddenly and without warning, it was gone. I thought it must have been something I wrote. I contacted my computer doctor. Brooke just started laughing, until she realized this was true. What is going on? I demanded. “I don’t know,” she replied grimly. I figured it must be dead. “Let me check into it,” she said.
Actually, this is great, I thought. Now I don’t have to post anything.
It turns out I was hacked. Big time. When a web site grows large enough, it is a magnet for miscreants who do their thing, apparently for the fun of it. Or to spread their charm. The online host and security company do not communicate, sort of like the government. You may have noticed that the nothingness was unblemished. Days passed. I stopped chuckling.
The blog lies in smoldering ruins, just a charred hulk. The entire thing has to be redesigned, unless all of you like this new look. I won’t tell you what this is going to cost. Bad manners. Anyway, I have missed you and am glad to reconnect to those of you who are still around. This will be text only for a few days, but simplicity rocks. I am rolling with the punches and will live to fight another day.

9 Responses to A Revolting Development

  1. Joan Z September 7, 2015 at 1:18 pm #

    Welcome back! Almost as mystifying as this disease is the psychology behind hacking. Also spam and out right thievery. We have dirtbags lately trying doors and taking what isn’t locked up. I just don’t understand. You are absolutely right. Simplicity rocks. Unplugged for a little while isn’t a bad thing at all.

  2. Christopher September 7, 2015 at 1:23 pm #

    Some people just don’t care about the damage in their wake: corrupt, tyrannical governments in the recent past; gluttonous, narcissistic Romans in the ancient past; greedy, never-present relatives who show up only when someone close to us dies; and least not, the hackers who act as if everything in life is a virtual reality. The cost is always heavy, and the casualties are many.

    The one thing they all have in common is myopic vision… they don’t realize the resolve of the rest of us to forget–to a point–and move on. We don’t share their single-minded, selfish vision. We wish to form connections, allies… and move forward into an uncertain future, together.

    You are still here, Richard. That’s the most important part of all this. The people will return in time, as they keep searching through the rubble. And your home will be rebuilt, in time. It’s the tenacity to move on that is so hopeful and striking.

    Happy Labor Day, sir! [irony not intended]

  3. E September 7, 2015 at 2:12 pm #

    So glad you are back…simplicity is fine. Most of us olders understand it far better anyway.

  4. Pam I Am September 7, 2015 at 3:11 pm #

    Thank goodness you’re back! I couldn’t imagine what happened.

    I first thought there was something wrong with my iPad, but then when I kept getting blank pages on my desktop computer I knew it wasn’t on my end. Then I thought maybe you just woke up one day, threw up your hands, thought “the hell with it” and pulled the plug! LOL

    Glad to see that wasn’t the case, but bummed that these scoundrels messed up your site. Welcome back.

  5. Rob M September 9, 2015 at 9:40 am #

    Good to have you back. Agree with E, simplicity is fine. The thoughts expressed on this blog are the real value.

  6. grandma s September 9, 2015 at 10:26 am #

    Thank goodness ….I was worried about YOU. Welcome back…you were missed.

  7. Ann September 9, 2015 at 3:12 pm #

    Happy to see all is well:) I do agree with your comparison of MS to Computers with hackers. Sometimes we do not need the hackers to make our computers treat us as MS does. But we as life do continue on and there are many around us who appreciate this. Just ask someone close to you:)

  8. dale September 9, 2015 at 3:28 pm #

    RMC 1, hackers 0. Victory is sweet despite the annoyance.

    But when you’re out front you take all the shots.

    And haha, guess what. We’re still here. Waiting patiently. Sort of.

  9. Jan1 September 10, 2015 at 12:14 am #

    You know, when I pulled up the blog on my phone (only there, not on my laptop), there was a message, “This site may be hacked.” It said that for a while, and nothing happened. My life got busy at the start of the school year. Then the website was as you said, text only. I figured you knew. (But it was a big deal, I see in hindsight. So the next time I see that, and I do hope there is no “next time,” I’ll send you an email alert!!)

    My laptop lost its icons all of a sudden a bit ago (some similar-type issue). Right before a trip, and I had a deadline to meet. (Give me a writing or even math problem any day, just not a major computer issue, please). Norton and Lenovo ever so kindly told me they could fix it (at a nasty cost). One of my clients solved the issue, telling me about http://www.malwarebytes.com (Cute name, don’t you think?) It worked, and there is a free version I will use at least monthly, fyi.

    Also fyi, you site pulled up correctly on my PC just now. Okay, back to my deadline now.