Never mind, I got it, on the 2nd call (with the 2nd repetition of a
ridiculously long sequence of numbers to the same silly computer
program posing as a person) This time after I did my imitation of a
text to speech program, the computer transferred me to a real person
instead of a connection to nowhere and said person accepted my
explanation of the circumstances and gave me a new code. So, I am
OK, I hope. Now all I have to deal with is a couple of days work
reinstalling applications, recovering backups, and retuning the system.