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March 6th, 2006

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11:26 am - Unforseen benefits of soduko
For access control to our work areas, we use a standard 10-key touch-pad. The code changes periodically, including today at 11:00 a.m. I remembered this on a trip to the bathroom that, since I pass through the publicly accessible elevator lobby, requires use of the code to complete the trip.

I thought I'd remembered the code, but when I tried it, it didn't work. I could press the "need assistance" button and endure the ridicule of co-workers I haven't yet met, or I could try to puzzle out the code. I knew that it was a four-digit code that included three numbers. So I set about to go through them methodically.

As I did so, I reflected on the sudoku puzzles that I've played with on and off since erickavan took them up. I don't know that the pattern recognition of those helped, but it felt like the same brain processes were being tapped.
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Date:March 6th, 2006 07:10 pm (UTC)
so... have you gotten back into your office yet?
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Date:March 6th, 2006 11:36 pm (UTC)
Oh, yes. And to the bathroom on time. And through the doors a few more times since then. (Just to keep the new code fresh in mind so it will transfer to long-term memory. Probably just in time for it to change again!)
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Date:March 6th, 2006 07:14 pm (UTC)
I wonder if the Sudoku model is used by credit card theives to figure out passwords. Heeey you might have a bright future in card hacking , woowoo.
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Date:March 6th, 2006 11:37 pm (UTC)
Right on! Look for me to develop the lifestyle of a jet-setting playboy soon!

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