The Seven Digital Sins (and how to avoid them)

An original list by moi and myself.

1. Coffee and Keyboards – do not mix, ever. Although they’re as cheap as cheese these days (the keyboards that is) it can put you out of action for half a day. Minor sin.

2. Doing Stuff on Someone Else’s Account – they left themselves logged in, it’s not my fault is it? Yes it is. Could be classified as the Uber Temptation of the Digital World, more sneaky than any snake. I’ve managed to avoid this thus far, but only by a couple of mouseclicks. Original sin.

3. Pretending you didn’t get That Email – ignorance is bliss, fake ignorance isn’t. Conscience is a powerful creature. Always blame the spam filter if a question arises pertaining to said email. That way the onus goes back to the sending party (foul language, dancing laptop girls, Nigerian bank accounts). It was their fault. Venal sin.

4. Writing your Passwords down – we know we’re not supposed to do it, but what else do I do with 248 different logins? I’m not supposed to trust the password manager either, but I do that too. A human failing. Minor sin.

5. Commenting without reading the Article – guilty as charged. I’ve done this one, and once you hit that submit button, it’s gone. Embarassment till the web implodes on a bad solar cycle. Hilarious when someone else does it, humiliating when your smartarse self does it. Original sin.

6. Searching for stuff, hoping google won’t find out – Father Google never sleeps. He knows everything. Think you can get away with a sneaky search on Beyonce or that trash tv show? Think again. It all gets logged, and one day someone will publish it with your name on it. Then you’ll be sorry, really sorry. Venal sin.

7. Not Powering Down – a simple thing, but power gets drained even on standby. We have a world to consider for future generations, and we haven’t mastered the art of renewable energies just yet. Guilty, and an original sin.

So there we have it, looks like I’ll be heading to digital hell.  (a place with no google, no wikipedia, no wordpress …)


7 Responses to “The Seven Digital Sins (and how to avoid them)”

  1. ncurse Says:

    LOL! This is the funniest article I’ve read in the past few days. 🙂 And to be honest, I’ve done some of these…

  2. homeyra Says:

    Great post! Guilty as charged!

  3. ggwfung Says:

    That’s right homeyra, you’re off to digital hell too. 🙂


  4. Kelly Says:

    My gosh, I’m a virtual angel! A cyber angel. Ok, wait. My keyboard at work has crumbs in it. Never mind, then! K

  5. fatsavage Says:

    I purchased a coffee cup holder with a cigerette lighter that fits in the CD rom Drive space for an addicted co-worker. I thought it was an insult; she thought it was neat. Go figure.

    You’re on the right track in clustering sins by seven. I plan a similar post in the future.

  6. seekingfor Says:

    This was hilarious and insightful.

    I am guilty of most of these.

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