It was running, of course, since it's the device I use to run my "outside" webcam.
It would have been, anyway, since our son gets up well before he needs to, and likes to use that computer. It's a great deal faster than his laptop.
When I sat down at the keyboard, the main computer was logged into our son's user and - more to the point - quite insistent about being given a particular DVD.
I finally convinced it that I wasn't putting the DVD in place, and tried to log out.
"Tried to log out." Twice. Each time, one of those little announcements went up that a DVD movie launcher wasn't shutting down.
I could have spent hours, trying to figure out exactly what caused the problem, or I could just cut power to the computer.
Simple choice: I cut off power, restarted the thing, and no more problem.
Some good came of the annoyance: I
- Got an opportunity to practice patience
- Had to look up potential security problems for this sort of situation
- ...and as a result found something I could use for a post on another blog