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When extra security would have failed

I took a trip to Los Angeles to visit a friend. Updated FAA regulations have allowed the use of small electronic devices during take-off and landing, but no laptops. I don’t have any games on my phone, so I pulled out my Kobo Aura to read for a bit. A few minutes into our flight, the “Fasten Seatbelt” turned off, and I put my Kobo in the seat-back pouch before pulling out my Chromebook to watch a movie.

When I arrived at my friend’s appartment and started unpacking, I realized that I had forgotten the Kobo on the plane. I immediately filed a report with Alaska’s Lost-and-Found website, hoping that somehow the Kobo would get back to me. I gave a detailed description of the device (Black Kobo aura with leather cover. Current book is Garden of Rama.) and my contact information. After several days, I started to lose hope, and began preparing myself to buy another when I got back home.

The night after I returned home, an employee from Alaska Airlines emailed me saying that they had found the Kobo! I immediately called them back (it was 11:30 PM, but they had just sent the email) and arranged to have another friend pick it up from LAX the next day.

It turns out, Alaska hadn’t contacted me via my lost-and-found ticket. They opened the Kobo (which doesn’t have any form of security) and managed to find my email address in the “Accounts” section of the settings. I’m curious as to whether or not I would have got it back if my contact info wasn’t as readily available.

On a low privacy risk device such as an e-reader, having a pin lock is unnecessary in most cases. As a result, someone was able to contact me to return my device. On a higher-risk device such as a tablet or smartphone, putting owner or ICE (In Case of Emergency) contact info is easy to implement, and may just help you get a lost device back.

Snow – How do I love you? Let me count the ways…

Ah snow… how I love you. You make things pretty and romantic. You make it possible for me to go skiing. You give me excuses to stay in all day and do nothing but drink hot chocolate and sit infront of the proverbial fire (aka, TV).

And yet… I hate you. You make drivers in Vancouver turn into complete and utter morons with no sense of the word “grip”.

Saying goodbye to an old friend

If you’ve been following the computers tracked by Hamachi in the sidebar, you’ll notice that Executor’s been removed from the list, and it’s been replaced by Virago. Executor was my trusty Dell laptop that I’ve had for about two and a half years. I had packed that thing across the world and back, used it for school, and just about everything else.

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A bit of a break…

Last week I finished off the last of my 8 exams this term. Yes, eight. So far, I’ve passed all of them, which is the most important, since that’s all I need to graduate and then continue on with my studies next year for my Masters.

So now, I get to relax for a bit and kick back and do just about nothing. Next week, I get to play with about $90,000 worth of computers, setting up a computing cluster for the research group I’ll be working with next year. You can see our news postings here, and even follow up on what I’ve been doing.

I’m also trying to find a good CMS. Something that will let me properly organize all of my blog postings, news clips, and other content on the site. Hell, if I can’t find one I like, I just might make one myself. 😉

Almost done…

So… I’ve only got about three weeks left of my undergrad. I’m really dying here. I just want it all to be over.

Things that await me this summer:

  • Setting up a 20 node computing cluster (each node has 8 cores)
  • Scuba Diving trip to the Red Sea
  • Month long Europe trip with friends
  • Starting on graduate studies work
  • Road trip with my girlfriend

So… you can see that I’ve got a whole lot more things that I’d rather be doing than the end of this degree. Grumble…

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