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01 June 2005 @ 10:06 pm
In unrelated news...  
There seems to be a real possibility that my AOL IM username has been usurped.

For the last few weeks, I've been getting IM's from the AOL postmaster saying that more than one instance of my username was online at once.  I assumed it was an issue with my router, which I had just replaced.  You know, router goes offline and online again within seconds, AOL logs on automatically before the system notices that I was gone in the first place, poof - two of me online at once.

Except that we got a phone call last night from someone who saw me online and assumed we were awake because of it --- an hour after I had turned off my computer to go to bed.

Anyway, I'm probably going to change usernames in the near future.  Which is a shame for many reasons - not the least of which being that I've had this one long enough to grow attached to it, and lots of people recognize it as being me.  But our mantra for the last week or so has been "change is good" - so perhaps it's time.

But not right now.  Now, it's time for bed.
fuzzygondolfuzzygondol on June 2nd, 2005 07:29 am (UTC)
have you tried just changing your password? in theory, wouldn't that stop the other person from logging on to your username?
Idtechnomonkey on June 2nd, 2005 12:48 pm (UTC)
Theoretically, that'd work
Unfortunately, my username is linked to someone else's - the person I was dating at the time I created it. I've tried changing my password in the past, but the system always e-mails her, asking if it's OK that her password be changed or something. I'm not really clear on what it's doing or why, but I know my password can't change without affecting her.

This, of course, pisses me off. It's not like either of us has ever been linked to the actual AOL system - this is for freaking IM usernames! But we're still in the same account and can't be separated from it. So I'm gonna have to switch accounts completely.
lindasings on June 2nd, 2005 08:37 am (UTC)
Why would anyone want to be known as "Gon"? Even temporarily, much less Forever?!
egheaumaen on June 2nd, 2005 12:21 pm (UTC)
Re: Weird!
Wait a second... YOU'RE GonForever? All this time I thought I was talking to Dad!
egheaumaen on June 2nd, 2005 12:35 pm (UTC)
Re: Weird!
Seriously, though, you probably should change your account at this point, because now that I know this is an issue, I feel hesitant to start an online conversation with your username for fear of getting your fraud instead. And I'm certainly not going to send any personal files if the possibility exists that you are not the recipient. And I'm sure this is not just me.

Won't you be embarrassed, though, in 30 years when you start using time travel, to realize that you were the culprit all along? "Oh, Young Me, the things you do not yet know would shock you!" (In the future, contractions will be illegal.)
Idtechnomonkey on June 2nd, 2005 12:53 pm (UTC)
I figured that'd be the case. Which is one of the reasons I posted the info - people ought to be wary at this point. I am.

I don't know when I'll have time to spend three hours typing possible usernames into the AOL system to find one that's not taken, but I'll do it ASAP...
Nentikobe - a work in progressnentikobe on June 2nd, 2005 10:53 pm (UTC)
Re: Yeah
if you had as many nicknames as me, you'd be ok ;)