As you may know by now, unless you’ve been hiding in a cave on the border between Pakistan and Afghanistan the past five months, I work for the city of Marietta’s public information office. I love working for them but one thing that really gets on my nerves is having to create a new password every 90 days.
Now I get it, they’re trying to keep all employee’s files and e-mails private and secure, so nobody can come in and hack into their accounts. I really commend and congratulate our technology department because in my line of work, I occasionally receive something by e-mail that has to remain confidential until a certain meeting or ceremony, like Marietta’s annual end-of-the-year employee service awards.
But let’s face it, I’d much rather spend my time writing news releases, updating our website and designing the city’s Friday e-newsletter than having to come up with a 25 character password just to login to our network. I just wanted to login so I can do my work, not train for an undercover, covert position with the CIA, whose job it is to gather highly confidential intelligence on the whereabouts of Al-Qaeda’s number two man!!!
Another thing that I can’t stand is when my computer freezes up at work, and I can’t get on the Internet to look for something on the city’s website, check e-mails or finish writing an article so I can take it to my supervisor so he can approve it before I post it to the Web.
I came back from lunch this afternoon after eating pizza with grilled chicken on it for lunch (pretty good, you ought to try it!! :)) and was able to logon with my new 16 character password with no problems. But then I sat there for the next three and a half hours just waiting on my computer to wake up from its coma… I was working on about three news releases and was also checking agendas for things that might be discussed at next week’s City Council meeting. I wasn’t sure if everybody was on the Internet at once and there was a lot of traffic or if there was a bad virus going around. Turns out there was a problem with one of the servers and it was getting fixed.
I know I could have done something else while I was waiting for my computer to straighten itself out, but I really didn’t have anything else that I could do. I just let the technology guys do their thing, and the problem was resolved about 3:30, I think.
By the way, what did I do with that password again? I really hope I don’t have to get a presidential pardon and an act of Congress to find it!!! I’m kidding 🙂