Problem number one: This problem actually began over the weekend, maybe on Saturday. The computer would stop being able to load websites. It was not the local network causing the problem. The only way to have it recognize the network was to restart the computer. Interestingly, if I unplugged the ethernet cable and plugged it in again, it did not recognize any change (usually bubbles pop up to tell me the cable has been disconnected and connected). Though it must be a coincidence, oddly, this always seemed to happen after I had visited, logged into, and used OkCupid.com for a few minutes. That made me a little superstitious about the site.
Problem number two: This made me even more superstitious about OkCupid. Beginning in the middle of the day on Monday, Gmail began giving me error messages when I tried to send emails. The error was "Document contains no data." I was not sending any attachments. I discovered through trial and error that the message does *not* appear if I send very short emails of a few lines. My browser of choice is Firefox, and I use the most recent version with no extensions, but the problem occurred in Netscape and IE as well. Clearing the cache, cookies, and history did not change anything. Neither did disabling anti-virus (McAfee) and firewall (Zonealarm) software, and I updated McAfee and scanned and found no viruses. Next I discovered that other email programs had the same problem - webmail for work, even webmail within OkCupid. And then I discovered that I got the same error message when I just wanted to view new pages within OkCupid (hence the superstition) without sending any emails. Livejournal is not affected at all. If I can post here, neither is this messageboard. The computer log registered many many errors of the same type in the past few days (they occurred but rarely before that), all having to do with an inability to contact a local server. And when I shut down last night and booted up again this morning, the very first email I sent through gmail worked beautifully (it was long, because I left the previous message in quotes as a test), and the second one and every one since had the same problems again.
The lesson seems to be that internet dating has broken my computer, but that seems illogical. Superstition aside, this seems related to my connection to the network here at the school in France, where I am not logged in with a username and password (I can't use printers or anything because of this. I must be bypassing the local department network to get on the web). Thanks for anything you can do to help!
Edited by sydzg, 18 January 2006 - 08:25 AM.