One Day All Machines Will Be Made This Way…


Yes, one day all machines will be made this way. And when that happens, maybe all software will be compatible. Right…

On Sunday, I tried (and accidentally succeeded) to download a new font from the internet, something nice and crisp for some work I’ve been doing lately. Alas, my attempt resulted in my not being able to access Microsoft Word (on a Mac) for two days (okay, slight hyperbole – 24 hours, I could see where this was going). Every time I opened a Word document a dialogue box appeared informing that Word was updating a new font. It would reach 14% before crashing out. Trying to resolve this (to own the truth, I was almost panic-stricken) I attempted a partial, temporal re-alignment. I wanted to shift my laptop’s memory back to Friday (well, Saturday, but the blinking computer wouldn’t let me do that) and before the font download. Actually, the computer wouldn’t let me do Friday either. After knocking said memory back, I opened Word and… at 14% the application crashed.

Fear drove me to a corner of my humble abode. The one where I keep my copy of Microsoft Office for Mac in its tough little box. I uninstalled the Office files on my Mac and tried to install it again. When the Install dialogue box told me I’d been successful (again), I opened up the Word application. The world held its breath (Well, the bit in my room anyway – which consisted of me…). That familiar Word start-up dialogue box appeared. It informed me it was configuring, said everything was fine, then… then the application began updating a new font. I nearly choked. Soon 14% was reached. Then after what felt like ages, 15%. That was new, that was different. Before I knew it, the meter was at 70%, 80%, 90%. It hit 99% and then everything disappeared. I waited. And to my dismay the error report dialogue box appeared. I clicked “Don’t Send”, and just stared at the screen. Word, all on its lonesome, suddenly opened. My files were there. My work was intact. I was saved. And the font I tried to download appeared in the font list. Incredible…

Amazing. Absolutely amazing. But I doubt I’ll be doing that again in a hurry…


Malek Montag,

Rochester, 2016


Follow me on Twitter @Malek_Montag15


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About malekmontag

I am a writer and a wage-slave, and proud father of George Giraffe. I live in the UK, but I exist everywhere. My first stories were published this year (2016) in Short Stories and Tall Tales (Atla Publishing). Follow me on Twitter @Malek_Montag15. My Work is also available on
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