John was shaking. It all came down to this interview, he had been dreaming of this job since graduation and he wanted to make sure that he was totally ready. Walking into the bathroom he grabbed his toothbrush, placed a small strip of toothpaste on it, put in his mouth, went to turn it on, and it did one quick buzz in his hand and then stopped. Pulling it out he looked at the small display where the scrolling words said:
“Firmware must be updated, please check attached phone.”
Pulling out his cell phone, John opened up the app and saw the notification that his toothbrush needed an update. He clicked the button to trigger the update and sat down on the toilet to do his morning business while it loaded. A couple minutes later he opened the app and saw an error message saying that download had failed, he quickly clicked the button to download it again and waited increasingly impatiently for the update to download and install.
Again the update failed. John reboot his phone, and force-rebooted the toothbrush in an attempt to correct whatever was the problem that was preventing him from brushing his teeth.
Again the update failed. John jogged out to his living room, unplugged his router for 30 seconds, plugged it back in, and waited a couple minutes for it to turn back on and re-connect. He tried the update one more time.
Again the update failed. John grabbed the toothbrush and brushed his teeth manually before running out the door.
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Originally published at bennettftomlin.com on February 18, 2019.