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?

Strategy:

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.

Opinion:

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.