Published on Saturday, February 25th, 2017
Jack showed “the rules for password naming” in a website to me. Here’s an excerpt:
- The password must be exactly 8 characters long.
- It must contain at least one letter, one number, and one of the following special characters.
- The only special characters allowed are: @ # $
- A special chaacter must not be located in the first or last position.
- Two of the same characters sitting next to each other are considered to be a “set.” No “sets” are allowed. Example: rr, tt
- Avoid using names, such as your name, user ID, or the name of your company or employer.
- Other words that cannot be used are Texas, child, and the months of the year.
A new password cannot be too similar to the previous password.
- Example: previous password - abc#1234; unacceptable new password - acb$1243
- Characters in the first, second, and third positions cannot be identical. (abc*****)
- Characters in the second, third, and fourth positions cannot be identical. (*bc#****)
- Characters in the sixth, seventh, and eighth positions cannot be identical. (*****234)
- A password can be changed voluntarily (no Help Desk assistance needed) once in a 15-day period. If needed, the Help Desk can reset the password at any time.
- The previous 8 passwords cannot be reused.
One way to create a password is creative spelling and substitution. Examples:
Published on Tuesday, December 27th, 2016
Wandering around in Wikipedia yesterday, I found this article: Lemmings. Though I never play this game before, I have played its open-source clone, Pingus, which is really enjoyable. This post is written to pay tribute to this wonderful game.