I just love people from Computer Science. They can make a simple thing so difficult to do! For instance: for a certain reason, the CS department (HCI is part of it) has its own e-mail addresses. So I have two addresses: one at ‚Äúandrew‚Äù, which is the standard CMU e-mail address, and one at ‚Äúcs‚Äù. The first one is easy. They just give you a username and they temporarily set your social security number (or your student ID number) as your password. You can reset this password easily.
The CS account is different. It‚Äôs Kerberos encrypted. This means that you get a username and a random global Kerberos password. This is not your mail password. You first have to create your own password (which is called a ‚Äú/mail Kerberos instance‚Äù). How? Well, you make a Kerberos encrypted telnet connection to Jeeves. Eh, right, I can use telnet. I‚Äôll just use the standard Windows client or Putty. Nope. Those are not Kerberos encrypted. What program can I use? Oh, you can use NiftyTelnet. Where can I get this program? You can download it from the CS Monolith server. Where can I find the Monolith server? Well, you have to be in the CS Windows domain to contact that server. Ow. I‚Äôm not. Well, then let‚Äôs just Google NiftyTelnet. Okay, found it. Install. Damn. I need the ‚ÄúKClient Kerberos libraries‚Äù in order to use Kerberos encryption.
I get the feeling that the Computer Science people deliberately want to make things more difficult! Why send me a ‚ÄúKerberos master-password‚Äù which I can only use to make other passwords? Why not send me my mail password directly? Or make a simple neat site where I can set or change that password? Those guys are computer scientists! They should know how to do that!
The link to the ‚ÄúKClient libraries‚Äù doesn‚Äôt work. I give up. There are better things to do. Victoria bought Word Magnets for her whiteboard. I made a sentence for her. It‚Äôs the title of this post.