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Password [Dec. 21st, 2005|10:02 am]
Tony Grist
I didn't like it when LJ told us to lose our old passwords and replace them with meaningless, unmemorable combinations of letters and numbers. I fixed on a formula (it has a key) and wrote it down and promptly lost the piece of paper. Oh, well, I thought, I'm permanently logged in so I'll never actually need the damn thing anyway. But- of course- the time came and with it the judgement and I was asked for my password and didn't know it, but- did I panic? No, I went and fetched the book that holds the key and retraced the steps by which I'd devised the password in the first place and- bingo- worked it out at the first attempt.

I'm so pleased with myself. Fetch me a crown of tinsel and holly. I am the Conquistador of cryptograms. The Caesar of seasonal smugness.
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[User Picture]From: strange_complex
2005-12-21 02:55 am (UTC)
The Caesar of seasonal smugness

This is now my favourite phrase of the day. Probably of the week.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2005-12-21 03:30 am (UTC)
Thank you. I nearly left it out; I thought it was maybe too far-fetched.
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[User Picture]From: strange_complex
2005-12-21 04:08 am (UTC)
Oh, no - it's fabulous. In fact, I think you should temporarily make it the title of your livejournal, just for the festive season (and / or until 'Rome' is over).
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2005-12-21 04:53 am (UTC)
You know what- I think I'll take you up on that....
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[User Picture]From: karenkay
2005-12-21 05:17 am (UTC)
I'm glad you did--I think it's great, too!
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2005-12-21 06:00 am (UTC)
Thanks...
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[User Picture]From: strange_complex
2005-12-21 06:41 am (UTC)
Hee, great stuff!
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[User Picture]From: airstrip
2005-12-21 03:53 am (UTC)
Careful, lest you be stabbed.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2005-12-21 04:51 am (UTC)
Yon Cassius hath a lean and hungry look...
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[User Picture]From: jackiejj
2005-12-21 04:38 am (UTC)
I bow to you, a deep bow.

LJ did this to me, too. I think I remember my password, but I have a notebook (somewhere)--
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2005-12-21 04:54 am (UTC)
I suppose they meant well, but I think my original password was far-out enough to foil all but the most determined hacker.
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[User Picture]From: jackiejj
2005-12-21 05:02 am (UTC)
I'm trying to figure out what an LJ hacker would do--write about his day and call it yours? Add zany friends to your friends list? De-friend people or write nasty comments?
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2005-12-21 05:58 am (UTC)
All of those things I suppose. I believe it has been known to happen.
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[User Picture]From: jackiejj
2005-12-21 06:14 am (UTC)
Then I'm glad I changed my password.

I used to be in a popular online newsgroup that was, like many others, invaded from time to time by renegade trollers who wrote awful things and made personal comments--finally they drove me out of the newsgroup--that and increasing spam attacks.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2005-12-21 07:47 am (UTC)
I'm a member of the feminist community. It's very heavily policed- which irks me sometimes- but I understand why it's necessary.
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[User Picture]From: karenkay
2005-12-21 05:16 am (UTC)
I have ignored their repeated pleas to change my password because it's "too easy to guess". I defy them to guess it.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2005-12-21 05:59 am (UTC)
Well done, you!

Stand firm!
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[User Picture]From: arielstarshadow
2005-12-21 05:35 am (UTC)
See, you need to be more perverse like me. I simply ignored the message, and eventually, it went away - and I didn't have to change my password. There's a new one now, and I intend to ignore it as well.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2005-12-21 06:00 am (UTC)
I gave in because they kept bugging me. I have no moral fibre.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2005-12-21 12:14 pm (UTC)
I suppose it's a good thing if it makes our journals harder to hack.
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[User Picture]From: ibid
2005-12-21 10:29 am (UTC)
I find merely by replacing l's with 1's it worked fine.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2005-12-21 11:56 am (UTC)
Smart move!
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[User Picture]From: besideserato
2005-12-21 02:03 pm (UTC)
OH! I LOVE it when you crack your own little cyphers. When I was engaged to Magnus, I would write about my emotions in really bizarre and complicated code. Later, while on Saipan, I found the old journal and spent a good portion of a week working my way through the labyrinth. It was AMAZING. Our minds are such amazing things.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2005-12-22 03:11 am (UTC)
Tracking yourself, puzzling out how your own mind works (or worked), what sneaky tricks it's capable of- yes, cool!
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[User Picture]From: besideserato
2005-12-22 09:35 am (UTC)
I think every year, we should endeavor to come up with some elaborate code. Then we can put them together in a book and leave for future generations.

"This was your great aunt's mind, Little Drake, she wanted you to do her puzzles. There are all sorts of secrets hidden in this old house. Have fun!"
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