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MIT student blogger Chris M. '12

I’M BACK!!! by Chris M. '12

This, kids, is why you should store your passwords somewhere safe, just in case Firefox happens to lose the ones you told it to remember....

Ok, so long story short (I’ll blog the whole thing later), I use firefox to remember my password to login to the MIT blogs website. I remember my username easily enough, but I could never remember my password very well, which is why I told Firefox to just remember it. It worked great, until a catastrophic hard drive failure over spring break landed me without a way to recover my saved passwords in firefox (my partially finished blogs too for that matter). So I started the arduous task of trying to guess MY OWN PASSWORD (Harder than you think). Obviously though, I’ve finally succeeded in hacking my own account, which presents a strange duality of feelings of both win and fail. Anywho, I’m back on track now. And here is a puppy for your trouble:

If you just skipped directly to this picture, you’re probably really confused

30 responses to “I’M BACK!!!”

  1. Justin E '13 says:

    You know, I’ve done that exact same thing before. luckily the passwords i forgot weren’t for anything that was life or death (like your blogs lol)

  2. Wow – you know you are REALLY obsessed with this site when you are First TWO TIMES !

  3. Ok maybe not :-(

    I look forward to more blogs smile

  4. Justin E '13 says:

    sorry Next Year ’14 u can stay first….i too stalk the site…i just typically don’t post stuff lol

  5. comboy says:

    an MIT applicant forget his/her password right in pi minute, wow what a disaster. world in danger.
    wait, there’s no password for this.

    please forget your decision page password

    see above sentence contains six words
    talents are covered with passwords, no MIT is not a videogame pack that gamers play over the weekend and save their game locked with a password.
    let them remember their password and turn to their next firefox tab which says caltech.edu

  6. Justin E '13 says:

    @comboy
    …that almost made sense?

  7. comboy says:

    Justin, don’t wait for 13′
    read the last blog entries, even with the very last which are still on homepage, jump into ocean and swim, make yogurt and move your dorm walls. i bought two bananas and i’m looking for honey. my roommate left and took his oven, if i had oven now i would eat my second own-made yogurt friday morning. cut your hair and paste it into bathroom bin.

  8. las1 says:

    very cute puppy! Glad you’re back!

  9. Sally '13 says:

    Hi Chris Mills,

    I had a question about majoring in Physics. I have only taken introductory Physics in high school because my school doesn’t offer AP Physics. I’m pretty sure I won’t be taking 8.012 or 8.022 – just sticking with 8.01 and 8.02. But I really really like physics, I want to major in it, but I know it’s hard at MIT. Are there alot of physics students who took only 8.01 and 8.02 and survived? Thanks for your help!

  10. Sally '13 says:

    Hi Chris Mills,

    I had a question about majoring in Physics. I have only taken introductory Physics in high school because my school doesn’t offer AP Physics. I’m pretty sure I won’t be taking 8.012 or 8.022 – just sticking with 8.01 and 8.02. But I really really like physics, I want to major in it, but I know it’s hard at MIT. Are there alot of physics students who took only 8.01 and 8.02 and survived? Thanks for your help!

  11. chris says:

    Hmmm….let’s see, MIT students can hack the T, but you couldn’t find anyone to hack your password?

  12. Michelle '11 says:

    That puppy is adorable. You’ll get one soon? Yes?

  13. Anonymous says:

    @comboy
    …what.

    @Chris
    Does that say something about the security of this site..?

  14. Anonymous says:

    @comboy
    I just realized…
    you can have cats in your dorm?
    not fair.

    @chris:
    I saw a puppy just like that at lacrosse practice today… it was riding in a baby carriage ^_^ cutee

  15. Janille '13 says:

    @comboy: I TOTALLY got that. =
    Haha, actually, one of my friends forgot his password at pi minute. Twenty minutes. TWENTY – just sitting there guessing.

  16. Michelle '13 says:

    Even without skipping directly to the puppy picture, it doesn’t make a whole lot of sense. It is adorable, though, so it’s okay. smile

    You should try KeePass Portable. As long as you don’t lose your USB flash drive, you’re good.

  17. Rediet '13 says:

    I’m trying to read Snively’s blog from my school computer (after reading Chris’s of course) and I can’t access it. It says “you attempted to access appears to contain, or is labeled as containing, material that has been deemed inappropriate”. Just curious, what did Snively write about?

    @ Chris
    Thanks. I have the same problem remembering passwords too so I frantically saved all my passwords after reading your blog.

  18. Lyddie says:

    We missed you!
    Cute puppy. =)

  19. Narce says:

    Pfft, more like “if you skipped directly to the picture, I hope it’s made you understand the exact situation I’ve been through.”

    Puppies speak louder than words, after all. Assuming they’re really yappy puppies.

    That *looks* like a relatively yappy puppy ^.^

  20. Chris M. says:

    @Michelle’13
    I actually use and recommend a program called TrueCrypt (google it) for file security. Since I have more sensitive information I like to keep than just passwords, it’s a good solution. You can mount secure drives inside USB drives too.

    @Sally ’13
    8.01 and 8.02 are required classes, so I’d say there are a lot of students who survive (i.e. all of them). If you mean can you just take the “basic” level physics and still be okay to major in it, absolutely. In my opinion, 8.012 and 8.022 aren’t harder by virtue of the physics being more difficult, they just tend to be more mathematically rigorous. Physics here is a bit different than it is in high school, but don’t worry you’ll be fine. After taking 8.01 and 8.02 I think you’ll have a good idea of if you want to major in physics or not.

  21. Aubrey '13 says:

    Chris, your posts always make me smile. smile

  22. hamsi says:

    awwww the puppy is adorable

  23. hamsi says:

    awwww the puppy is adorable!

  24. Anonymous says:

    oops – sorry for the double post.

  25. Anonymous says:

    You admissions blog people are STRANGE… Which makes me want to choose MIT even more…

  26. james says:

    Well,I think it was more of a password guessing than a true hack…

  27. r says:

    chris you should blog more often!

  28. Alex says:

    I haven’t visited the MIT site for a while now. Anyhow, welcome back Chris! smile