It’s a New Year!!

Howdy,

It has been a long time since my last post in this blog. I just wrote some posts in my old blog when suddenly it’s already 2010. Wow, time really waits for no one. So in this post I wanna sum up what has been happening in the last year. Well, I don’t actually do anything big actually, but I made some progress in live, I guess.

Here I come. I spent my first months in 2009 in my homeland. I was recovering from my illness and successfully gained some weights. I did some theme for this blog, exploring with domain and paid-hosting, maintaining my virtual social live in Facebook and Twitter. Anything that can be done in the house, I’ve done it. Oh yeah, I also created a simple blog aggregator or usually called planet to lists all of my class’s blog posting. Continue reading

It’s a Big Secrets

In the mid 2005, me and some of my friends created accounts in one bank. I saved some money there and didn’t do any transactions anymore. So I have two accounts, one in my self-chose-bank and university-collaborated-bank. With the end of my graduate study, I closed and withdrew all of the money from university’s bank. So I only have the first account left.

Because I never do any transactions, I forget the PIN of my account. The bank has the facility to reset the PIN via phone call. Days ago, I tried it to reset my PIN. I called the call-center and they did some verification on my identity (wether I was a real client or just a fake). Then they connected me to the PIN-changer machine. I thought this was great, so the customer service knows nothing about my new PIN. So then I continued to listen into the machine.

“Please enter your account number”, I pushed my account number on the phone.
“Please enter your sequence number”, I pushed it on the phone.
“Please enter your secret code”, I pushed my secret code.
“Please enter your new SIX DIGITS PIN“, I waited. What? A six digits? I didn’t prepare for this. At first I thought that I’ll use my birthday numbers. But hold on, if you unprepared and asked about six digits number for your PIN, then you will likely to use your birthday numbers, right? Considering this, I used another sequence of numbers as my PIN.
“Please enter your PIN again”, I pushed it again.

Secret words or numbers are largely used as personal secret identity in the world. They usually used to verifiy wether you are real or a fake. This concepts widely used in the real world (like PIN or account numbers) and the clouds (passwords or captcha). Losing the secrecy of this words or numbers can lead to big problems. So I suggested you do at least one of these:

Don’t use commonly used passwords because there’re a lot of people would take a guess about it. According to Threadwatch, these are the 10 most commonly used passwords:

1. password
2. 123456
3. qwerty
4. abc123
5. letmein
6. monkey
7. myspace1
8. password1
9. blink182
10. (your first name)

And yes, birthday were considered as commonly used passwords too. You could Googling for another passwords if you’re so curious. If you used one of these passwords, I recommended you to change it immediately.

Raise your password’s length and use some non-alphabetic character into it. Use a sentence as a password may be a great choice, as long as you remember it. Using non-alphabetic like @,^,*,$ can make your password harder to guess. As long as you remember it.

Don’t write down your PIN or passwords. In servers room, sometimes we can see the passwords for their routers, servers, or services. This could be really dangerous. As for PIN, don’t bring your passwords everywhere and don’t place the passwords paper at the same locations with your ATM / credit cards. Because if you lose your wallet, you will lose everything, your money, and maybe your life.

Change your passwords regularly. Maybe once in two months? Just a few minutes to secure yourself and for your own goods.

So don’t waste your time, go check your passwords now!

You have another suggestions? Go ahead and share it!

Registration

Today, September 15th, was the first day of graduation ceremony’s registration. I got there with Ferdian, but he has to take some money first. So I, alone, walked to the place. There were some people, not so crowd, but still it’s a lot of people. I used my height to find my mates in Ilkom, but I didn’t see one. I took a deep breath and tried to figure out how these registration works.
Fortunately, I found my old boarding house friend. I asked him what should I do, and he gave me some hints to work it out. So, I wrote my name on the registration form and placed it into the first registration booth. The right side was crowded with people so I took the left side. Curious, I stood near the booth and read the situation.
It just a minute or so when Ferdi came. I told him what should he do and waited again near the booth. Not long after that, some of my friends finally appeared. But, they took on the right side. I’ve told them to place the form on the left side wich was less crowded, but they didn’t listen. Uh well, mind your own business then.

Another few minutes, and my name was called. I got some paper back, then I went to the queue on second booth. Although the queue was so long, but it only took a minute to get to the edge. I gave my and Ferdi’s papers and waited my name to be called. These time took the most time.
When the caller reached the microphone, me and Ferdi took a caution. But our name didn’t call yet for three or four turns. It was my name which was called first. I took my invitation letter (for my parents) and some papers to take the graduation suit.

J.K. Rowlings novel (image courtesy of amazon.com)
J.K. Rowling's novel (image courtesy of amazon.com)

So I switched to the third booth, the last one. One thing that people around me worrying about was the size of the suit. Okay, it took me also. But when I got to the edge, the officer chose the size for me. So I took it and found some place comfy to try the suit. Well, the size was L and it fitted on me. Using this suite reminded me to a wizard in J.K. Rowling’s famous novels. Ferdi, Syadid, Halida, and Pandu joined me then. They all tried their suits, while I was taking a break.
After they all tried their suits, we went to the Career Development Division. We wanted to join the pre-graduation preparation seminars for job seeker and job maker. After chose the time and registered, we were going to our own directions. Me? I was going home. And now, I was registered!

P.S. The ceremony will be held on October 22nd in Graha Widya Wisuda (GWW) building.