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Haunted by a password

I restarted my laptop last night only to discover that I could not piece together the password I used to encrypt my harddisk, and it did not help that I knew it was pwgen-generated (a sequence of random digits or letters which try to be "pronouncable").

I had left my palm pilot with the password database at home, and the emergency key I created for such cases was on a USB medium with a read error.

I beat my head on the table and tried and tried and tried, but to no avail. So I started pondering how to convince my friend Hanspeter to walk to my flat again and help me out, having resigned myself to the idea that I'd have to do more reading tomorrow (today) at the office.

As it turned out, Hanspeter would stay at my flat that night anyway and switched on my machine at home to allow me to fetch the emergency key.

But I didn't end up needing it. I slept and dreamt and suddenly had some sort of a nightmare in which a string of letters came haunting me, tormenting my consciousness in much the same way that the Guitar Hero notes come flying at you. I woke up and had ten characters in my head, and I was confused.

It took me at least two minutes to remember that I had been scrambling for the harddrive password, and when I figured it out, I wasn't surprised that the string I dreamt would decrypt my drive.

I really should gain some distance to these frickin' computers!

NP: Man on Fire / Habitat