It’s that busy time of year

I’m getting totally knocked down by all the shit I have going on over the next 11 days. Nov 7th, I have two exams, one for Network Administration (GNU), and one Cicso CCNA exam. On Nov 5th, I have two Cisco CCNA exams. Nov 3rd, I have a Security exam worth 50% of my grade. On Nov 2nd I have an Advanced Cryptology exam also worth 50%. On October 30th, my Cisco CCNA case study report is due. On October 26th I have a Advanced Cryptology presentation on Enigma. I work Oct 23th, 24th, 25th. Today is Oct 22nd.

Can you do the math?


My strategy is to read one lecture for Crypto and Security every day, for 12 days. This way I have a hope of getting a decent mark on those exams, as they are the ones coming up. A colleague of mine from my UNIX/GNU class wants to start going over some of the sample questions posted on BlackBoard. I had to politely decline as I have no more room on my plate atm. I’ll have some time on Nov4th, and Nov6th to lay out some time for GNU and CCNA.


It isn’t fair. The university should have a “no lectures, presentations, or assignments seven days before first exam” policy. Maybe they do, I’ll have to investigate.

Googleblog homing in on security

As part of National Cyber-security Awareness Month, Googleblog posts some important tips regarding password security.

Creating a new password is often one of the first recommendations you hear when trouble occurs. Even a great password can’t keep you from being scammed, but setting one that’s memorable for you and that’s hard for others to guess is a smart security practice since weak passwords can be easily guessed. Below are a few common problems we’ve seen in the past and suggestions for making your passwords stronger. — Choosing a smart password.