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YAP - Yet Another Password

I used to work for a company that had no problems about making every computer program require a password. It got to the point where I started calling them YAPs - Yet Another Password. Naturally you weren't supposed to write them down, but I did. I couldn't keep them all straight. Towards the end I kept saying, "Just give me a chip. Implant a chip right here in my thumb!" It became totally ridiculous when they tried issuing randomly generated passwords for us like "s8x[IdR9~y" (is that an "el" or a "one"? Who knew?) Some programs had no special requirements, so you could get away with something like "fluffy." Other programs would require harder to remember passwords, as in requiring at least one number, at least one uppercase letter, at least one special character and at least ten characters. Below is just a part of the list of computer programs which required passwords:

  1. CLAIM
  2. CLAS
  3. CMVC
  4. DAAT
  5. DB2
  6. DCE
  7. e-TRAIN
  8. Global Campus
  9. Global Medic
  10. Human Resources
  11. Intranet
  12. KnowledgeMax
  13. Life Insurance
  14. LiveWorks
  15. Lotus Notes
  16. ManageNow
  17. Money@Work
  18. MVS
  19. PIC
  20. PTF
  21. RACF
  22. SameTime
  23. Standards
  24. Test Server
  25. Think Pad - admin user
  26. Think Pad - hard disk
  27. VM
  28. Voice Mail
  29. Windows 2000 Pro
  30. WinNT

The funny thing was that to get in the building, all we had to do was swipe a card, or tag along behind someone else. There were too many people in the building to know them all and I never saw anyone ever stop someone from tagging along into the building. The next funny thing was that none of our offices had locks on the doors. We all had desks that locked and some of us had more locks than others. In my office, which I shared with a co-worker, I had two locks for my desk drawers, one for the overhead bin, plus another lock on the big filing cabinet and finally, I had a locking cable on my laptop. Just to make sure you were using those locks, periodically, that week's drafted security detail came around and pulled on the drawers to see if they were indeed locked. Woe be unto the person who had not checked to see that all the locking mechanisms had properly engaged.


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