[TUHS] Of login names

Dave Horsfall dave at horsfall.org
Sun Jul 17 02:54:37 AEST 2016


Time to start a new thread :-)

Back when Unix was really Unix and dinosaurs strode the earth, login names 
were restricted to just 8 characters, so you had to be inventive when 
signing up lots of students every term (ObUS: semester).

A wonderful Japanese girl, Eriko Kinoshita, applied for an account on some 
box somewhere.  Did I mention that login names defaulted to the first 8 
characters of the surname?

Understandably annoyed, Plan B for assigning logins was applied, which was
the first name followed by the first letter of the surname.

Sigh...

-- 
Dave Horsfall DTM (VK2KFU)  "Those who don't understand security will suffer."


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