Maybe I’m talking about a few different things here. Indeed, what I’d like to talk about on Monday is the fact that “EXPIRED” appeared at least thrice.

The good news: none of them refer to the medical definition of “EXPIRED” with respect to a person.

However, two of these EXPIRED situations caused me to have a false start on the day.

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EXPIRED situation #1 (non-critical): The oranges that I had gotten a few weeks ago were starting to go bad, so I had to discard them. I got a large bag, but ate most of them. Unfortunately, I should have taken them with me to Deerfield/Evanston during the holiday week. So it goes.

EXPIRED situation #2 (more annoying): I got to campus on Monday, and couldn’t get connected to the WiFi on Carthage, and I was getting error messages of “Too many requests.” My initial guess was that the network was overloaded, and my department’s administrative assistant suggested that it was slow Internet due to Cyber Monday.

Well, I went to go teach calculus, and waited for later.

EXPIRED situation #3 (also annoying): After calculus, I returned to my office. When I tried to use the key pad to enter my office, pressing the number that I would normally start the permutation caused a long “error” beep, with a red light rather than a green light.

So, the battery expired on the door! UGH!

And then I still couldn’t access the Wi-Fi… and realized then what probably happened.

Yep, my PASSWORD expired! I didn’t get a warning about it, and was lucky that it allowed me to change my expired password through the “Forgot your password?” link. I hadn’t forgotten my password, and I’m guessing that it was sufficiently freshly-killed that the system still recognized it.

Later in the day, my colleagues and I chatted about the security theatre that the frequently-change-your-password policy has, and how it doesn’t actually improve security.

With the Situations #2 and #3, though, a subtitle of this post could very well be “Locked out – part 2!”


Lincoln: 22 days.

San Diego: 39 days.

Fourth Quarter: 68 days.

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