Oct 282016

imac_vectorI’m writing this today from a back up computer as I appear to have killed my iMac.

I was up half the night trying to reverse the damage I inflicted, but thus far my efforts have been in vain.




The old war horse was showing some age, so I decided to upgrade it to the newest version of the Mac operating system so I could extend its life and take advantage of some new features.

The problem was that it had been designated as too old to do so by Apple.

No problem ,said the hackers, we can do it anyway.

Just follow these semi easy steps and it’ll be like new.

I followed the steps and it’s now unusable.

It’s dead and I killed it because I wanted it to be something that it’s not.

It was functional and able before, it’s neither now…all because I tried to make it something it isn’t made to be.

The more I thought about my foolishness, the more I believe this is more than a cautionary tale about hacking your computer.

Some of you are being tinkered with and being pressed into being someone you weren’t created to be.

The hackers in your life are the culture, your peers, or maybe someone closer.

Some of you are angry all the time.

Some of you are stressed all the time.

Some of you are in fear all the time.

Some of you are being abused by someone who is trying to break you.

The world, the flesh, and the devil, are conspiring to hack us all into being someone other than we were created to be.

You’re showing the signs of a break down…

Before you become unable to function at all, it’s time to tell the hackers to step back.

You were created to walk through this world with the joy of the Lord and the peace of his Spirit.

You were created to know His love, trust His provision, and rejoice in His goodness.

That’s who you were created to be and how you were made to operate safely and well.

Some of you need to wrest your self from the hands of the hackers and let the Creator restore you to default settings.

You need to do so before the damage is great and the cost excessive.

I’ll meet you there when I get this computer fixed…if I can fix it at all.

Make your own application…

  22 Responses to “TGIF”

  1. i smile as i sit here reading this with my old 1999 iMac sitting to my right… useless on the internet, but great for many off line tasks including all my banking records… my late husband said never bank online… i still trust him on that 🙂 but the old iMac, upgraded to its maximum capacity is still useful, has some great capabilities…
    a lesson for me to ponder? perhaps 🙂

    now my newer 2nd hand iMac with its OS 10.6.8 er something is drifting toward obsolescence
    a lesson for you young’uns to ponder, too

    thank you, Michael … MANY applications and wonderful reminders in this world of bigger, better, shiny new

  2. P.S. and FWIW – i can get on the Phxp website with the usual speed, but all the news sites that i try to access are so incredibly slow that i was able to go down the drive, put mail in the box and bring up the trash barrel, come back here and it was still loading… computer problem on my end or a bad day to try to fix one?

  3. Sounds like Flash needs updated…see if you have the same issue with Chrome or another browser…

  4. “let the Creator restore you to default settings.” Awesome. Just awesome.

  5. Thank you Em and Paige… 🙂

  6. “Some of you need to wrest your self from the hands of the hackers and let the Creator restore you to default settings.”

    Sounds like Hebrews 4:8-10 . Brother, do I need it.

  7. #3-thank you much, Michael

  8. Josh,

    You and me both, my friend…

  9. My main roommate in college was (still is) a computer geek. One day he was hacking around on his own computer, doing things he probably knew he shouldn’t be doing, but was trying them anyway. Crashed the whole thing. Blue screen of death. Fortunately, he knew enough to get his computer back to working condition, but it took him many, many hours of hard work.

    I just laughed at him. I probably added to his anger and stress. 🙂

    Not sure I have a point (or am making my own application). But today’s TGIF brought back this memory.

    Maybe it’s that I was hacking the hacker, rather than helping him to restore his default settings. Or maybe it’s that sometimes we do the damage by hacking ourselves.

  10. Michael,

    Could it be that it is actually God who does the hacking, to remove the viruses and malware with which sin, the devil and the world have infected us? Isn’t it God who cleans and renews?

  11. Good applications all!

  12. Excellent!

  13. Thank you, London. 🙂

    I have actually brought the computer back to life…now the key is seeing if I can restore it and all my files…

  14. My wife upgraded to the new Everest OS on her Mac and now I hear her complaining that it runs slower than it used to.

    My PC on Windows ten is OK.

    I use both Mac and PC.

    I like that PC gives me more control of my system.

    But Mac has advantages, the new Mac is blowing reviewers minds with it’s new touch-bar.

    Went into Apple store at the mall and they don’t have it yet, not until sometime in Nov.


    It looks like a game changer for sure!

  15. Michael @13. Raised the dead, did you? I think when you do that miracle they are supposed to be restored to their former selves and not come back with their memory swiped clean.

    I know, my application of your fine TGIF is weak. 🙂

    Still a good post.

  16. #s 13 & 15 made me chuckle… some folk think the beast will be a supercomputer/ai machine… what has Michael done? oooh no! the end really is near 🙂

  17. Sounds like you wrote this for me. I know you didn’t

  18. Em , you are too funny 🙂

  19. dusty,

    I wrote it for all of us who feel pressed by life today…I’m glad it spoke to you,my friend.

  20. Big brother, it really did speake to me, to my spirit. It made me cry. In a good way. Yes thisis how i feel….droken and in meed of a reboot…

    I love your writings, your insite your wisdom that all come from above. Thank you

  21. Dusty,

    Thank you, and bless you, my friend…I know how that feels.

  22. Michael, well said. Thanks very much.
    I relate well to analogies involving technology, and yours is spot on.

    Side note : while I’ve never taken issue with Apple’s hardware or software (it all seems to work pretty well, I have observed), I have to say I have never, ever liked the company’s philosophy as a whole. That being, restrict customers to using Apple products only, and make it as difficult as possible to think outside the Apple box. Not saying Bill Gates was perfect either, but I prefer his philosophy of giving customers options, as well as sharing with third-party manufacturers.

    I found the same thing you did – I tried to upgrade the OS on an older EMac, and even with the hacker tips it proved impossible. And I was shaking my head at the fact that the machine was not terribly useful except for basic word processing (I couldn’t even add it to my home network without updating the OS).

    Yet I have several old PC’s in my house that I can run pretty much whatever the heck I want to on them.