Why couldn't I log into Mac OS X this morning?

Doctor Q

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Every morning I log into Mac OS X by clicking my name in the login menu and typing my password. Today it would not take my usual password. It did the screen jiggle effect instead. Going back to the login list and clicking my name again did not help. I tried it a few times so I was sure I didn't misspell my password or have extra spaces before or after it. No other user was logged in. I had logged out normally after finishing with this Mac yesterday.

I noticed a clue: There was an up-arrow in a circle on the right of the box where I type the password. I've never seen this symbol there before.

Restarting the Mac cleared up the problem, so I am not stuck, but I don't like mysteries.

What was that about?
 

WildCowboy

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Thanks for the chuckle...nice to see that even the best of them get bitten by the simple things from time to time. :p ;) :D
 
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Doctor Q

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Just now a coworker came to tell me that he removed all files in a minor directory on one of our development systems and then discovered he was in /, not in the directory he thought he was in. We need to restore an entire system from last night's backup.

So this day has gotten off to a great start. Should I buy a lottery ticket?
 
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Doctor Q

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Did I mention that the guy who usually manages our backup and restore tasks is out sick today? So restoring the lost filesystem on our development system is taking much longer than otherwise. And I washed my car this week... so it's raining!

When bad things happen on Friday the 13th, people claim that's proof that the day causes bad luck. When bad things happen on other days, or good things happen on Friday the 13th, they don't notice. So Friday the 13th continues to get a bad rap, never able to defend itself. I guess it just has the bad luck to be treated so pooly!

But that's ok. I love the word triskadecaphobia so I'm glad to have a chance to mention it.
 
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mkrishnan

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Just know that you are loved, doc. :)

And you will overcome.

And be back offering sage statistical insight shortly. :)

EDIT: JSW, you have a single user on your Mac and they're called admin??? Shame on you!!!! :D
 
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