This pilot fish's 78-year-old mother-in-law really wants to try "this email thing" to keep in touch with the grandkids -- and it's up to fish to make her wish a reality.
"I knew this would be a major learning curve and support battle, but couldn't refuse to help," says fish. "So I picked up a cheap starter system and installed it in a new desk my father-in-law had put in their bedroom.
"Since the in-laws lived way out in the country with iffy power and only dial-up available, I figured that a UPS with good surge suppression would save me some recovery headaches down the road, so that went in the desk behind the computer.
"Fast forward a few months to the panic call in the wee hours of the morning:
"I can't get the computer to turn off! I couldn't remember how to shut it down using the mouse, so I tried the power button on the front of the computer. That didn't do anything, so I kept pushing it, and now the button is broken! I couldn't sleep with this thing running, so I had my husband unplug it from the wall. But it's still running -- and now it's beeping at me!"
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