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Topic: Hacker or Virus (computer) (12/15/11)
TITLE: Thanks, What Are You Having?
By Wilma Schlegel
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I found the house and pulled in right on time. That’s what we promise in our ad in the Christian Business Listing. Well, that and trustworthy service, all around. A woman about my age answered when I knocked at the door. She scrutinized me before she let me in. I told her my name - Keenan, and showed her my ID.
I’m always very careful who I let into my house. If only I could have been as careful about what got into my computer. Anyway, I showed Keenan, the guy my husband John told me would be here, into the computer room. “Here it is, it’s a disaster,” I said. “All I can get is this blue screen.”
“Ah, the blue screen of death.” I’ve seen it many times, I said to this woman. I asked her what I should call her as I started to set up.
Well, I told him to call me Jill and that’s when my phone rang, well actually it was on ‘vibrate’. It was Renee, my best friend. I’d been hoping she’d call soon. A finger on one ear, my phone at the other, I watched Keenan arrange his various tools.
“Hey Jill, how are you holding up?” Renee asked.
“I’m okay. I’m getting that computer virus taken care of,” I told her.
“That’s good for your computer, but it’s you I’m concerned about. I know there was a problem over the weekend. Your family situation hasn’t gotten any better, has it? I’ve got time if you need to talk,” Renee said.
A little background is always helpful when you’re fixing a computer. Maybe she tried a new game that wasn’t really a game or maybe the virus was attached to a spreadsheet. It could help me to know. So I asked, “Do you know how or when this happened?”
“Oh I don’t know,” I said to Renee, “There are so many things wrong on so many levels, I don’t even know where to start.”
“I hear you,” I said and I started my work.
“Hang in there Jill,” Renee said to me. “Jesus warned us we’d have problems in this world.”
“It’s so frustrating and hurtful. Why me?” I asked Renee.
“Oh, don’t take it personally, millions of computers get viruses. Although it does make a person wonder. It takes real ingenuity to make a virus. Sadly and scary too - that whoever made this probably has a psyche similar to an arsonist. But at least they probably weren’t attacking you in particular.” I gave Jill my expert opinion.
“A lot of people want me to do whatever it takes to preserve our relationship, but my family’s been so crazy.” I told Renee.
She thinks her family had something to do with this? ... I wondered at that, but I didn’t make any comment. I just deleted tainted files; one after another after another, after another..
“I know, Honey,” Renee reassured me.
It actually wasn’t too hard to get rid of that virus. It only took a little while and a few more strange comments from Jill and I was finished my work. “Looks like your computer’s back to normal,” I was glad to tell her.
“Now more than ever, I really need biblically sound advice.” I told Renee.
I took a deep breath, what did I say to that? It didn’t seem like the right time to hand her the bill I was writing up.
“Remember what Jesus needed to do in his home town,” Renee reminded me.
“Shake the dust off?” I asked.
“If you need to,” said Renee.
Phew, I was relieved that she thought of that one herself. “Yeah, that’s always good, or you could use canned air.” I told her.
“Thanks so much,” I said to Renee. “You don’t know how helpful you’ve been. I would love if you’d join John and I for dinner tonight.”
“That sounds great,” Renee agreed. “What time?”
“How about six?” I suggested turning to see that Keenan was done fixing my computer and he was ... looking surprised about...?
“Really?” This was a nice surprise. On business time of course I couldn’t, but on my own time, that’s a different story. “Thanks, what are you having?” I asked.
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