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Generate strong yet memorable passwords
Authored by: Chiwo on Sep 27, '04 12:41:33PM
I don't bother to make my passwords memorable. I use the Mac OS keychain to remember my passwords for me. For passwords on the web, I generate a large random hexadecimal number using this command
hexdump -n 16 -e '16/1 "%02X" "\n"' /dev/random
I back up regularly so that my keychain is safe, but even then web sites let you reset your password without much hassle.

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more command-line quickies
Authored by: FACEMILK on Sep 29, '04 04:23:44AM
I love that one. Already added to my collection.

Here are some that I created a while back; excerpted from my .bash_profile:

function rand-pass
{
        # this one strips iffy chars from output
        jot -r -c 64 32 128 | rs -g 0 16 | tr -d "\ \`\'\"\~\<\>\[\]\(\)\{\}\.\,\:\;\?\@\\\/\|"
}


function rand-file
{
        # this one strips all but alphanumeric chars from output
        jot -r -c 64 32 128 | tr -cd "[:alnum:]" | rs 0 16
}

All of these are far from easy to remember though.

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