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Software Bugs are invading my dreams!

This is the second time it’s happened now. I am so weirded out that I don’t know how to account for it.

A few days ago at 3 AM in the morning  I awoken by a loud rock song blaring from my computer speakers. It was so loud that I jumped out of bed and ran to my computer to turn it off. Here was the problem. I had no idea what had caused it. I checked Windows Media Player, but it wasn’t playing anything. Then I checked all 75 tabs on my Firefox browser (or more, I can’t remember). But I had no idea what I was looking for. Where was this blasted music coming from? Finally, out of frustration, I muted the speakers and began my hunt for the offending browser window.

By then I was wide awake and wanted to approach the problem methodically. Where was this background music coming from? Did I have any youtube windows open? (Sometimes, a video will not load, but then load randomly without warning). Finally, I closed every Firefox browser and realized something scary … it was  not coming from Firefox!

Alas, there still was Google Chrome (mercifully, with fewer tabs open). Aha! It had to do with the Jamendo music site. As much as I loved Jamendo, their popup music player was notoriously buggy. But the browser window containing the music player was already closed! Aha, Jamendo also has an embedded music player embedded on individual pages. One of them must have started to play. I glance at the 5 remaining tabs. I see the message in the yellow bar on the top that the flash player has crashed.

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I check every individual page to see if a song is playing on the embedded radio. Nothing is. However, one page, the jamendo home page shows an error message and has four embedded players inside.  And one of them is playing furiously. I’m not sure what is going on here. When the popup music player crashes, that causes the jamendo page to auto-update to an error message where one of the embedded radio stations starts playing spontaneously.  I’m not sure what causes the popup music player to crash. Was it playing before at low volumes, or did I just pause it?

So, the result of a flash player crash is for music to start playing furiously from the home page. Wow, that’s an appropriate way to apologize to the user for a software ##$#$#.

Last night, the same nightmare happened again! I woke up at about 4 or 5 in the morning to the sounds of some strange hard rock melody by Dada Weatherman. Same flash player crash; same auto-update to an Oops page.  This computer bug woke me up twice. In fact, it scared me out of bed….twice! I admit, never expected that the multimedia web would bring me troubled dreams.

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