Over the last couple of weeks, CBS, one of the BIG THREE network television stations (Big Bang Theory, Big Brother, NCIS) and the cable company I use have been in “negotiations” about cost increases. Due to a stall in those talks, the cable company has decided to remove all the network’s channels from its lineup in order to put pressure on them to settle. In addition to the CBS stations, Showtime has also been pulled off the air because they are under the CBS umbrella. Since Showtime is a paid premium channel, I am paying gobs of money for it and it’s not available. I’ve been grumbling about the amount of money I pay for cable/internet services over the last couple of years. This most recent issue pushed me to research other options. Last Friday, I made the jump from cable to satellite TV. So far, I’m not seeing any difference, other than the cost (which includes CBS) so it was probably a smart decision.
With the removal of cable TV, I had the option of keeping the cable internet (and spending twice as much on it because it would no longer be bundled with cable TV) or switching to another internet provider. I opted for a switch and it was installed tonight with an almost 50% savings.
It wasn’t until after the installation that it occurred to me with the change in internet service, I would need to change my email address. I will no longer have access to the cable server to access my email once I shut it off and return the router. I registered for the new email this evening and sent off the change in address to my email address book. Luckily, everyone’s email addresses are still accessible in Outlook. What I didn’t take into account was changing emails on ALL those online accounts. I’ve spent the better part of the last 3 hours combing through emails looking for all my online accounts, changing the address, entering passwords, and confirming those changes via the new and old email address.
Initially, I thought this process would help me memorize this new email since the old one seems to be emblazoned on my brain at this point. Instead, for every account, I had to type in the old email before typing in the new one. The addresses are just similar enough to trip me up. It made me so confused!