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Start Pressing That Spacebar

The Computer Corner

By Charles Miller

I know people are reading this column when I receive a flurry of comments or feedback by email. That happened most recently with readers wanting to know how to find the hidden game in Google’s Chrome browser. More on that a little later.

If you are one of the many users of Google’s popular Chrome browser you may have already seen some of its error messages. Knowing how to interpret those messages can help to mitigate the frustrations associated with not being able to use your internet connection.

If the error page reads “This site can’t be reached” “ERR_NAME_NOT_RESOLVED” you should check the name of the web page because you might have simply mistyped the name.

Sometimes when you use public access Wi-Fi, such as at a coffee shop or airport lounge, you might see an error reading “Your Internet access is blocked.” Firewall or antivirus software may have blocked the connection.  “ERR_NETWORK_ACCESS_DENIED” almost always means that you are connected to the internet, but that the owners of the Wi-Fi require a password you have not yet entered.

Other common error messages are “ERR_TIMED_OUT,” meaning that everything on your end is okay, but the web page you are trying to reach is just too busy with other users and has no room to let you in. Try again later. “ERR_NETWORK_CHANGED” usually means your computer or other device jumped from one Wi-Fi to another. Just try loading the page again. “CERT_DATE_INVALID” could mean the clock in your computer is set to the wrong date.

Finally, there is either the most dreaded or the most entertaining Chrome error message, depending on your attitude. If the error message reads “There is no Internet connection” “DNS_PROBE_FINISHED_NO_INTERNET,” the significance of this is that Chrome had determined your internet connection is down. You can try “Checking the network cable or router” or “Resetting the modem or router” or reconnect to Wi-Fi. Or you can entertain yourself while waiting for the internet to be restored.

There is a little dinosaur icon on that screen. Press the [Spacebar] on your keyboard and the dinosaur will start running across the screen in a manner reminiscent of the 1980s Donkey Kong game by Nintendo. As your dinosaur encounters obstacles such as a cactus plant you need to press the [Spacebar] to jump over them. The numbers that appear in the upper-right of the Chrome window show your current score and your high score.

It is apparent that what the designers at Google intended is that if you ever end up on this page you might need something to occupy your time until the internet comes back. So start pressing that [Spacebar] and by the time your high score gets to quadruple digits your internet connection should have come back on again.


Charles Miller is a freelance computer consultant, a frequent visitor to San Miguel since 1981 and now practically a full-time resident. He may be contacted at 044 415 101 8528 or email


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