You’ve probably heard of LinkedIn, I have been thinking of signing up for some time but always postponed it. Finally I decided to give it a go, like many of these Internet services it’s real easy to register and get started, most people can do it in minutes. Of course the registration process was beyond me.
The idea with LinkedIn is to connect people and make them network, this has been happening in the real world for ages. For example last week I saw that the toilet in my basement was leaking, shortly afterwards the water in the shower next to it started to rise. It got ugly in a hurry, in fact I think I know where they got the inspiration for the movie.
Working with Cisco they keep telling me that it’s like network plumbing, but I assure you there plumbing and there’s plumbing. After doing some basic troubleshooting it was time to call in the cavalry, but alas I had never hired a plumber and didn’t know how to find a good one (one that I could trust).
To the rescue comes a neighbor, after talking with him he picks up his cell phone and calls a friend of his who works in the field. Now my plumbing problems are gone and this is an offline example of what LinkedIn can do, networking. Better yet when the plumber heard that I work as a network consultant he was interested in my services!
It all sounds great however, there’s no username that matches with that password.
Hm, that’s strange I just created the account. I figured something went wrong so I reset my password, still no dice. Mind you I don’t panic at this stage; I’m used to having problems registering different accounts. First I remove the funky characters from my password and try again.
The site is still unaware of my username and password. My next bet is the length of the password since I can’t very well view the internal code of the site I have to settle for the html code I can see;
input id=”session_password#login” type=”password” size=”24″ name=”session_password”
My password was 22 characters, I shouldn’t be having a problem but the search continues. On the password reset page I see this code instead:
input type=”password” name=”new_password” value=”” id=”new_password#newPassword#passwordReset” size=”16″ maxlength=”16″
Aha, maximum password length = 16. I don’t think too many people have this problem, however if my password is too long please tell me!
Anyway, now I’m LinkedIn, and here is my public profile.
[tags]password policy, maximum password length, linkedin, bad programming[/tags]