March 30th, 2007

almost_a_toon_Ts

I..Am...An...Idiot!

I was sitting here a while ago and I wanted to do a re-download of some security software I had purchased. I opened the registration email I got in December.

Clicked the link. Entered my order number, and started to enter my password. The password field came out with:
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The cursor was still blinking...and moving. I clicked in the middle of the field and the cursor would scroll off to the right. AND JUST KEEP GOING(!)

I
clicked in the address bar of my browser (Firefox) same thing! scrolls right off to the right. SHIT!

I thought I had picked up some freaky kind of virus or spyware. What ever it was it was certainly malware of somekind. So I turned the PC off. Not something I would normally recommend, but desperate times call for desperate actions. Turned the damned thing back on. It went through it's cycle. I clicked my user name and started to enter my password - instead of ******** what I got was ------------------------------------------------

DAMMIT! It is still doing it! So I managed to get logged onto The Queen's account (no password and limited administrator functions) Went through the browser routine again and it was STILL doing the dashdashdashdashdashdashdashdashdashdashdashdashdash dashdash dashdashdashdashdash thing. By this time I am panicing (well almost anyway) Let's just say my frustration level was quite ELEVATED!! I even went to a restore point from 3 or 4 days ago and did a system restore. No dice even after the reboot sequence. Shit!

Racking my brain trying to think what the hell was going on...

*Light bulb moment* - 'You know that looks like the "-" key is just being pressed continuously,' I thought. Looked my keyboard over. Neither of them seems to be stuck(!) Wait for it.....

What about the OTHER keyboard. The Queen likes those ergo keyboards and I keep one stashed for her to use under the desk. I look at the damned thing....

Here it comes: It had fallen off it's perch on the PC case. Sure enough when I picked the durned thing up the "------------------------" stopped!

****headdesk****