It's a drug, this technology. Since acquiring a taste for it, I can't readily remember how I did things before it was there. In this instance, the culprit is Skype.
I love Skype and use it a lot - mainly because it's stable and reliable. Was stable and reliable. It has failed me.
Two days ago, Skype got fancy and decided to reinstall itself. Don't ask me why. Maybe it got bored with my refusal to use the webcam or something and wanted to teach me a lesson. Anyway, since the self-imposed reinstallation it has not been working. I've done all the things I normally do. I've turned it on and off. I've reinstalled it beause I chose to. I've deleted myself and given myself a new identity and password.
I've also done several less technical things like jumping up and down and yelling at the computer, growling, hoovering the keyboard in case it's a hidden cat hair problem and threatening to throw the whole thing out the window.
I want Skype back. I know, I know, there are other message systems, and G+'s talk feature is very good, but I like Skype. Whinge.