Bin Laden Eludes My Grasp
I hate when technology fucks me up. I realize that everyone hates that, but I really hate it. This is because I’m in IT (aka a computer guy, propeller-head, dork, etc.) There’s not a problem that can come up that I don’t think I can solve because of my awesome technical skillset. A live nuclear weapon could drop in my front yard with a digital timer counting backwards from 0:10, and while everyone else was hugging their loved ones before they turned to vapor, I’d be all, “Ok, relax. This weapon’s motherboard is probably running on a custom UNIX kernel, and if I can find a way to get myself into a sudo-enabled command prompt…” and that would be the last thought in my brain before it was blasted beyond Pluto’s orbit, because skillset or not, I’m a fucking idiot, but I think I can solve anything.
Case in point, the Playstation Entertainment Network. I discovered that the movie Zero Dark Thirty is available to stream on Amazon Instant Network, and so I blew off everything else I had planned to sit down and watch it. I saw it in the movie theaters, and of course it’s based on true events, so I don’t know what it is that I expect from this story the third time around, but who knows? Maybe it’s a new director’s cut and in this one the CIA has to battle Zombie Bin Laden on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial. Wouldn’t that be awesome? (Note to self: Crank out that screenplay before Spielberg beats you to it.)
Anyway, I sat down to watch Zero Dark Thirty on my TV through the Playstation 3, which has the Amazon Instant Video application that I use to empty my bank account each month by renting every animated movie in the history of mankind for my kids. I opened the app and… Nothing. A blank screen.
“That’s ok,” I thought to myself. “I will use my superior technical knowledge to fix this problem.” I then spent an entire hour turning things off and on, changing DNS servers, uninstalling, reinstalling, and updating apps, etc. Finally, I decided to contact Amazon Customer Support through an online chat.
Me: Yes, I can’t access Amazon Instant Video on my PS3. I get a blank screen.
Support Tech: Hello, my name is Jahalawalabalad.
Jahalawalabalad: May I ask your name?
Me: Greg. But now that I look at it next to your name, I’m kind of overcome by feelings of inadequacy, so let’s say my name is Gingabingadingadoo.
Jahalawalabalad: Ok, Greg, for security reasons can I get your email, name, and billing address?
Me: Well, my real name is Greg, but remember, I’d like to be called Gingabingadingadoo. I’m afraid I’m going to have to insist on this. (gives info)
Jahalawalabalad: Ok, Gingabingadingadoo, have you tried restarting the PS3?
Gingabingadingadoo: Yes, and I restarted the router, the cable modem, changed the DNS servers, and uninstalled/reinstalled the application. What now?
Jahalawalabalad: I understand your frustration, Gingabingadingadoo. Please hold on while I research your issue.
(Jahalawalabalad has left the chat)
Yes, my good long-name-sharing friend Jahalawalabalad bailed on me, the fucker. So I sat there fucking around with things and managed to get an actual error message this time around. “The Sony Entertainment Network is currently undergoing maintenance.” Concerned that a company that does a zillion dollars in sales in the US would actually schedule maintenance during prime time, I went to the Sony Entertainment Network knowledge base and was greeted with the following message.
The Sony Entertainment Network is Online
And here’s the thing: I am now as upset about this as I would be if I found out that we hadn’t killed bin Laden after all. I know bin Laden is dead, I saw all the news reports, I saw the fucking movie already, but if I don’t see Zero Dark Thirty right fucking now, I am going to lose my shit. Yes, I could watch it on my computer, and I even have a comfy chair in my office that I could sit in, but I want to sit on my couch with the speakers turned up so fucking loud that I can hear bin Laden’s pubic lice scream when he gets shot, goddamn it. He is a bad man, and I blame him for all of my problems, Sony Entertainment Network included.
And yes, I’m fully aware that this level of sloth and entitlement is exactly the kind of thing bin Laden would denounce before he blew up babies and whatnot. I don’t fucking care. In fact, I think it is my duty as an American to act slothfully and with only my own selfish interests in mind, because if I don’t, the terrorists have won.
All right, this is bullshit. It’s now been two whole hours without being able to watch a movie I’ve seen on a slightly better device of my choosing in a moderately more comfortable setting. I think it’s fair to say that this is the worst thing ever in the history of mankind. Thanks a lot, bin Laden, you fucking dick. You are a dead man.
I went through the same thing when I discovered the only way to make Skyrim work was to download the patches through the PS3. Which I can’t do becasue I only have satellite internet and it isn’t fast enough for that. So that means I often find game crashing/breaking glitches that force me to loose hours of game play reverting back to earlier saves.
Screw you PS3, is kinda what I am saying.
Well, screw the slow internet connection at least.
I am torn. Part of me wants to offer you a paper bag to breath in and maybe pet the top of your noggin, soothingly while telling you that you are pretty and momma loves you best(like I do with the Cats when they lose their shit over the last of the tuna). On the other hand, I had a similar experience with my Wii and Netflix streaming several years ago, and after re-enacting the opening Obelisk Sce, I cancelled my Netflix subscription in protest and sold the Wii on CL.
Thus I am less equipt to safely detonate a Nuke than you.
“Obelisk scene from 2001 A Space Odyssey for my tech support assistant Mr. Mubaiconstantinopganges”- not sure how I deleted some of my text like that… fucking Bin Laden probably intercepted my comment.
I agree. If I were you, I’d invade Afghanistan.
I’m pretty sure I had a dream about you last night. Well, it would have been you back in college and I was partying with you and a gaggle of your friends. Is that the right term? Perhaps it requires the word crush. A crush of your friends. There were a lot of people there.
At one point you told me that for security reasons, I needed to take off my shirt and sit around in my bra. Now you wouldn’t do something like that, would you!?
Also, smartyslacks, if you can fix anything, tell me why my volume control on my laptop now refuses to respond to f10-f12 anymore? It’s depressed me beyond reason.
Of course I wouldn’t do that sort of thing. If security was involved, there’s no way I’d allow you to keep the bra on.
As for your laptop, My official opinion is: I dunno.
You’ve been a huge help.
Bin Ladens screaming pubic lice. Brilliance. You, my friend, are some freaky kind of genius.
I’m super-freaky, yow.
I agree with anonymous. That sentence was hilarious! Also, did you go to school for …. Computery stuff?
….. Do you remember what you went to school for?
Wait, I went to school?
I feel your pain. Well, sort of. We have a roku player, and for whatever reason, the stupid thing has decided it is only going to work every other time we try to watch something. I’ve tried everything I can think of, but I’m not an IT person, so that mostly means banging the remote on the coffee table and shouting at the screen.
God, the Roku player is one of the best things ever, isn’t it? Just awesome.
But yeah, when something you depend on flakes out on you, it’s freak-out time at my house. Damn you, Roku!!!
PS3, Roku player,Skyrim, Netflix streaming…do any of you speak Geezer?
Victrola, icebox, 22-skidoo…