ALE, ALU, ANN, and Charlie

ALE — Annualized Loss Expectancy

ALU — Arithmetic Logic Unit

ANN — Artificial Neural networks

What do those three words have to do with Charlie.  Nothing.  Except the fact I am trying to memorize 3 pages of those terms per day and Charlie is being his usual helpful self.  It’s time to pick up my playtoys AKA ART SUPPLIES, very important stuff to be written about in capital letters.  And Charlie has decided to take a nap in my bag.  Even Mitzi’s nose doesn’t deter him from a nap.  The only thing that makes him move is me getting another cup of coffe.  And I need the coffee before I start working on the three pages of torturous words.  What Charlie WANTS is his milk.  Every morning there is milk for the cat, milk for the cat.  A teaspoon of milk in a saucer.  


Now the three pages of words are a small part of the 1500 terms I need to memorize by July 16th.  If lucky, I’ll be spending that day taking a six hour multiple choice test.  Sounds like fun–NOT.  But needed for my job.  The luck part comes from getting an unexpected opportunity to attend a boot camp class the week before.  Sometime in the next few days, I’ll find out if management is willing to pay for the class.  One of my weakest skills is the ability to memorize terminology and remember acronyms.  After all that’s what books and the Internet are for–the ability to easily look that stuff up.  But this test is call the mile wide, 6 inch deep overview of the cyber security world.  And that CISSP certification is needed to provide that one is an expert.  So I’m being proactive and started early on memorization. 

So we have a new game around my house.  Anyone who wants to play can.  It’s easy.  Pick up my big wad of terminology papers and start asking me for definitions.  Then have fun watching me squirm as I stammer and don’t know them.  Some are easy….Acount Lockout —  I’ve done that before when I’ve forgotten my password.  And then I  had to track down the system administrator and beg them to unlock the computer account.  But ALE.  That’s hard.  I want to say a very good beer. But it’s not.  ALE is the annualized loss expectancy, the cost of loss due to risk over a year.  And please don’t ask me about the differences between 802.11a 802.11b, 802.11g, 802.118, 802.11n, or 802.1x.  ARGHHHHHH, can I just become a pirate instead of memorizing the different frequency modes?  Going to work actually sounds like more fun than these words.  Wish me luck.

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Author: Heres to ART not Cockroaches

Welcome to my life. My life as a mom is changing as the kids grow up, leave home, and build their own lives. This gives me a chance to rebuild myself as an artist, develop a spiritual path, and most fun of all, start going out on dates with my husband. Come here the stories about the small things in life that can make one very happy. Dogs running on a beach, great breakfast dates, kids and their adventures, and my own adventures in this wacky life. I'll share some of my progress in learning art while juggling a full time job as an engineer. And best of all, it's a chance for me to practice writing stories while keeping in touch with my kids. I look forward to hearing from you. Comments, thoughts, and invitations to meet for coffee are all welcomed. Enjoy the stories.

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