Friday, 28 February 2014

Dark Fiction - Patch Day

Patch Day

By Casey Douglass

as part of #fridayflash


The small icon popped its colourful face above the taskbar and exclaimed in a long white balloon “One Update is Available!”
No one was there to see it.

A few days later the icon blinked into existence once more, flashing and teaming up with part of the sound subsystem to deliver a friendly little chiming noise.
“Six Updates are Available!”
No one cared.

Weeks later it bribed the graphics card to only show its own message until it was acted upon, the screen falling to darkness around its bubble that covered most of the screen.
“21 Updates are Available!”
Someone noticed.

A month later, the icon displayed its message, a strange ghostly feeling of familiarity crossing its mind. It couldn’t remember doing this before but it just felt so habitual, so natural.
“2 Updates Available!”
A small sticker was pressed neatly on to the PC tower by a cigarette stained hand.
PC wiped and restored from Image 20140101. Passed All Checks. Ron.

THE END

17 comments:

  1. that same sinking feeling when the human interface receives the alert "You have no new messages"/ This was fun

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  2. I don't know why but I actually felt sorry for the machine! Poor thing...being ignored like that.

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    1. I'm glad you said that Icy, that was exactly what I was aiming for :-D. Thanks.

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  3. This is a quirky slightly amusing but interesting sort story... I love it! :)

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    1. Thanks Jacquie, quirky is what I like too lol.

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  4. Too right to ignore those flippin updates. Most of the time they f**k your computer up. ;)

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    1. Yep, or insist on being installed right then and having to reboot lol.

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  5. You did fantastic in describing the computer's feelings Casey, he feels quite human to me and I feel sorry for him too, poor thing.

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    1. Thanks Deanna, glad to hear it :).

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  6. Aww poor machine, all it wanted was a little attention. Love the story!

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  7. I can certainly relate to this one Casey. A few weeks ago my laptop screwed up, and I had to format it back to factory settings. It is almost five years old, and runs on Vista (Nuff said). When In got it back up and running again I think there wre about 400 updates to instal. Grrr...

    I did post a comment earlier, but I think Blogger must have stolen it. LOL. :-)

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    1. Sorry to hear of your laptop problems Steve. Hope you are now upto date with it :).

      Yes I didn't see any comment from you earlier so it must have got lost. Maybe someone at Blogger needs to update something? lol.

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    2. Laptop is fine now thank you Casey, it was only down for one day, then it took me several hours to re-format and put everything back in place again, and then loads and loads of updates, no problem really.

      No worries about the missing comment, Blogger does tend to lose them sometimes, and I know that people have said they've lost some when commenting on my blog on occasions in the past. I think Blogger has "Bad hair days" LOL

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  8. Huh, that was very neat Casey. Couldn't help projecting onto the story why they'd be ignoring something that clearly wound up important enough to be dangerous when wiped. I like this. Like an abandoned exoskeleton on a story. I'm the kid who collected those on the beach.

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    1. It crossed my mind that they would interpret the issues that the icon caused to get noticed (the screen going black, the sound issues etc) as a virus and so wipe it for that reason. Not sure how well that comes through though lol.

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