My Google “alert” for “‘Margaret Langstaff’ in the news” sent me a notice today that I died two days ago. Well, I felt like I had died two days ago, but, somehow I didn’t, so I want to hasten to add, to quote Mark Twain, who experienced a similar existential and social disconnect, that “Reports of my death have been greatly exaggerated.” Some few may be disappointed that I am here to deny and refute Google on this matter, nevertheless . . .
I must admit Google may have been about half-right and just jumped the gun, had been a little premature in their announcement. My life has had some challenges recently:
All three of my computers crashed
Most of my online accounts were hacked
Quite a bit of personal data, including financial, was stolen.
But, whew, after a few days and hundreds of dollars, I’m back and still have a pulse, I think –as of this writing;)
The internet has become enormously problematic in many ways and security online is a very complex constantly evolving matter. Virus protection and firewalls are not enough, the environment is constantly changing and hackers are relentless, brilliant in some ways. very inventive.
Cell phones are very susceptible to hackers, as well. Never store any passwords or credit info on your cell phone. Trust me on this!
To finish this weird story, sad to say, but Google was not entirely wrong in its alert. Yes, some poor soul (apparently a wonderful woman, much loved, a wife, mother and grandmother) by the name of Margaret Langstaff did actually die–in Ontario, Canada.
Google is totally bereft of irony, wit, good taste, any human discretion, compassion or discernment. And think about it: in effect, the world is in its “hands.”
Too much information in one place. Dangerous.