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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Lock (03/06/06)

TITLE: Know Thy Password
By sandra snider


Let me invite you into my world of passwords.

Arrive at work. Enter a three-digit access code to unlock office area. Control/alt/delete and my computer springs to life. Type in user ID and password. The LAN (Local Area Network) is engaged. Next, I check e-mail but not before I enter a different password.

Time to enter the mainframe network. Another user ID, another password. I pass go again.

To gain access to the data library I punch in the required user ID and password.

Hang in here with me, I know this is getting tedious but Iím leading up to something.

To access documents from other jurisdictions, you guessed it, user ID and password required. Then each individual state has its own password. But if Iím really to get any work done I need to get into FileNet which is inaccessible without another ID and password. Open-sesame.

I see my phone is blinking. Someone called while I was busy typing passwords. To retrieve that message I enter myÖfinish the sentence for me.

Have to make a trip to the copy machine. To get the machine to spit copies out I punch my secret access code.

The boss tells me I have to go into the Technology Learning Manager to read up on a module and then take the test. Password time.

How did our world ever get this way?

Time to go home but not before accounting for all the work I did today when I wasnít busy entering passwords. I pull the Activity Log screen up but canít go any further until I enter myÖ.all together now!

If case youíre wondering how I keep all 20 passwords straight, I donít. I have a MASTER PASSWORD FILE on my personal ďFĒ drive. I use this as my electronic reference tool all day long. Memorizing these passwords is out of the question because the computer is always prompting me to change my passwords. For security, you understand.

Most of the passwords have to be eight characters long. Some must begin with a capital letter. Others must be all small letters. The Lotus Notes password must be the same as the LAN password. Most of the passwords have to have at least one special character and at least two numbers. The sequence must be exact at all levels to gain access into my locked computer.

Itís a wonder I get any work done, isn't it?

I was recently bemoaning all this password business with my husband, who can certainly emphasize because he has his own unique headaches with pesky persnickety passwords.

But our moods changed dramatically when talk turned to the Lord, because thereís coming a time when our God will not only wipe away every tear, but every password as well. These former things will have passed away. We will have total and complete rest from silly passwords!

You and I will need one Password to access our eternal home. Only one. And Father God will never, ever change His Password. Revelations 22:4 says that this very special Password will even be written on our foreheads.

Itís uncomplicated.

Itís wonderful.

Know this one Password: Jesus

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Caitlynn Lowe03/13/06
Very creative! It's true, this world is filled with passwords to unlock almost everything...It's great how you related that little annoyance to Jesus, our one and only "password" to Heaven. :)
James Clem 03/13/06
NO! I was going to leave that as a comment: Password is Jesus. You beat me to it.
I live in the same technilogical jungle and I also have a password file. Sigh. I liked your point (but it took a little long to get there). I like the casual voice.
Suzanne R03/15/06
Thanks for welcoming us to your world of passwords ... and for reminding us that this too will end! Your humorous voice is effective.
Lynda Schultz 03/15/06
Super. Loved your approach to the topic. And your conclusion was great. And I related to this in particular: "Itís a wonder I get any work done, isn't it?" How true it is. Good job.
Marilyn Schnepp 03/16/06
If I didn't already know the Topic this week was "lock" - I would have sworn it was "password" after reading your take on this. I guess this refers to "unlocking info by using passwords". Whatever!? Anyway, great witty job, and well done.
Jessica Schmit03/16/06
I agree with the above comments. I liked your spin on the topic!
Helen Paynter03/17/06
Liked your take on the topic. I thought you took a bit too long over the description of the passowrds, and in my opinion, you should NEVER, EVER, suggest to your readers that your workis boring (they might believe you)!