13 Nov 2005 iagorubio   » (Journeyer)

Advogato lost password, or how unimportant things become important in your life

Yes ! Before so long, so long, so long ... I finally recovered my Advogato password, so here I'm again. And quite happy about that, frankly.

For those trying to recover their lost advogato passwords, don't ask me the magic. I recovered it from my HD, no way to do it in this site, and don't trust the advogato FAQs all around telling you to mail raph. Almost sure his mailbox burned in hell before being so publicly disclosed, and it does not even exists right now.

But what really wonders me is human nature, or at last how hard I'm hit by it. Well I'm human so it's nothing to wonder about, but what happened to me with my advogato lost password it's something that makes me think how much I control my needs, and how much of them are controled by ... instinct?.

I lost my password a year ago. I deleted by mistake some files, and one of them contained all my passwords encrypted. Not a big deal as I have some backups, but they were out of date and there was just one password lost. Advogato one.

I didn't gave it too much importance. Frankly, I thought "well, I really have no time for this, so let it go".

One day I was willing to write something down about recent development of cssed, so I thought; "well advogato have a diary, haven't it? Or may be I can set up a blog of my own in my website". So my first stop was advogato to recover my password, as It was the easier step - yes, now I know, much better to code the blog from scratch in my site.

But - as you may know - no way to do it.

My first thought was, "OK let's surf the net, there must be a way to do it". And I found it, yes so easy!. Just mail raph at acm.org and it's over.

Unfortunately my mail bouced back with an "Unknow user" from acm.org server.

Then I felt really bad. In this site it's my name and I cannot even update it. This site represents me, but no longer I can edit or add entries to my diary.

I didn't remebered at that time, I gaved up advogato because I had no time to maintain my diary. I didn't remembered that I did not updated my passwords' backup because I didn't felt the advogato one was important at all.

I just entered a rage-like state trying to find a way to recover my advogato lost password. Even thinking things as weird as to forze someone to give me the password, or to delete my advogato page, by suing him, as in my country you have some rights about your data management. I even wondered if breaking into the advogato server to recover my password was legal or not - yes, I know breaking into any machine is not legal, but just note how my desesperation was rising badly.

I sent almost ten mails to raph, changing the name as rhalp, rahp, ralph, and any conbination that passed throght my mind.

Now I've found the password, but before three months of desesperation wasting my time almost daily.

Now I'm wondering why I didn't put a blog to work on my site. Frankly it's a five minutes task, I know how to do it, but the idea vanished from my mind from the moment it noticed I cannot log in advogato anymore, to right now that I can do it.

May be I wanted my advogato password just because I cannot have it? May be desire is increased exponentially by the lack of capability to get the desired object?

Yes, that's for sure ... now I just have to remember what was so dammed important for me to write down here three months ago, because I can't even remember it.

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