May. 16th, 2017

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Title: When Things Go Wrong
Author: charisstoma
Word count: 526
And yes all this did happen.

Two weeks ago the circulation system had gone down. That meant no books checked out except via the downloaded circulation program, named Remote Destiny. Yeah it was remote… far from reality remote and destiny …. Aaden rolled his eyes.

Yesterday the powers that be had responded to the ransomware attacks that were going on globally and pushed through the patch to fix it. That patch gave you 15 minutes to save your work while it was downloading and then click, it restarted your computer.
Why was there a restart button under the download progress bar if it automatically restarted right after the download finished? Aaden sighed in remembrance because of course that was when teachers started sending students to the Library to return and check out books. Books that could have neither done to them, because the configure part of the download was as long and more aggravating than the tension of the download itself. Still if it did the trick … Please, please let it do the trick of protecting his computer.

So at the end of the day, of the awful day of configuration, when the computer techs showed up and worse went into the closet to see where they were going to replace the computer hub, he knew that it was indeed the advent of the apocalypse. Okay maybe only the end of the school year’s approach. If ever there was going to be a time of things going wrong it seemed to always be at the time before the long summer vacation. Heaven forbid that the system come down and be fixed during the Summer Break when they could fix things without interfering with his Library’s circulation.

It Is the apocalypse.
Aaden looked at his circulation computer. They were supposed to have had it all done by 11:00 the night before. He had a computer that luckily had a tower. The other monitors were computer stations hooked into a server way away at another building. There was no internet access. The stations were boat anchors for all the good they could do.

Aaden sighed, there wasn’t much else he could do. If he wanted to call someone to report a problem or contact a teacher to tell her that one of the Chromebook that was out to be fixed had been returned he couldn’t. Someone had thought it a great idea to have the computers and the phones linked on the same internet system. When one went down so did the other. You couldn’t use your personal mobile phone to call the office or any room in the building. The phone you were calling was not available… beep, beep, beep.

Technology was a curse. An evil curse that suckered you into needing it, and then it didn’t work. Someone needed to work on a foolproof spell to magically ensure that the technology continued to do what it was designed to do. And as soon as the phone/internet came back he’d research that magical business person. They Had Better Exist.

On the other side of the world, Gervais felt a foreboding tingling. Someone was going to try to make him do the impossible.

Part 2 "http://charisstoma.livejournal.com/1289081.html"



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