There are people who actually think the world will end this year. I’ve mentioned it before in my posts, always tongue in cheek; never giving it any credence while trying not to hurt a reader’s feelings. Now that it’s 2012, I have to admit: I don’t believe any of it.
What I do believe, and there is scientific proof and documentable statistics on this, is that we are entering into a period of increased solar activity. Scientists have been preparing for decades for just such potentially damaging events and hopefully this will suffice to protect not just our communication satellites but also our power grids. I’m not really worried, but I have been keeping my computer off when I’m not using it since the most recent flare on Monday. We also installed new protectors that are deemed effective against the highly erratic power surges that plague our Florida home.
But, has anyone else noticed some funny business on the Internet lately? There was not supposed to be any residual that we would notice, beyond the beautiful Northern Lights, from these encroaching protons, but the past day or so web pages have appeared skewed on my computer. My Google Earth App was not working properly. Websites which I visit often enough to know what they look like normally are coming up “different.” Pictures are missing. Links are misplaced. Something is definitely weird.
I’ve tried using our other computer and even my Ipad, but the problems are uniform between them. So is it solar flares? Has anyone else noticed this? Or is it my provider’s reception, or even something at Bing, my usual search engine? I don’t know enough about computers to make an assumption. Just curious if I’m the only one…
I’ll tell you what though. All my completed Rn continuing education units are on this computer now, and if something happens to them, my world really WILL end.