Boy, did I ever hit the jackpot today!
At work, all of the Windoze box3n are on the domain and authenticate as such. Somehow, the little support ticket hack that they wrote is also tied to the domain. Around here, passwords expire something like every three and a half months with a two week warning period. i.e. every time you log into your box you get an annoying message that says, "Your password will expire in X days, do you wish to change?" No, I like my current password because I can remember it, thank you very much.
Well, here lately, when I've been leaving work, I've been locking my workstation instead of logging off because I have to have several programs and office documents at my disposal at any given time. Furthermore, when I log on to the VPN from home and RDP to my box, I don't have to start all of these programs over the VPN potentially killing the connection by overloading the bandwidth due to all of the necessary startup.
Cut to this morning: here I am working away noting a support case when all of the sudden the support ticket program asks me for my password. I type it in and it doesn't take it. Now I've heard stories of how they've gotten rid of people in the past. They come into work and can't log on but yet the sysadmins are told not to come to work that day, so the first thing I think of is that I've been fired but no one has the balls to tell me to my face.
I logged out of my box to reset my password. I was able to reset it ok, so I hadn't been fired. I then tried to log on to the support ticket system...and "therein," as the bard would tell us, "lies the rub." You see, when I reset my password, apparently instead of typing twice what I thought I was typing I mistyped, and so I can't authenticate with the support ticket system. The sysadmin is out today, his boss won't be here until 1100, and the one person in development who potentially could reset my password hasn't made it in yet.
Since I haven't logged out since changing my password, I can get on the Web, use IM, get caught up on my reading etc. The thing that really suxs about this is that I almost brought in my laptop on the off chance that it might be slow enough today that I might be able to get a bit of writing done. I suppose I could go home and get it, but by that time, someone should be here to rectify my fox pa.
Until then, my friends.