Pronounced “EYE-lins,” I.Y.L.N.S. is a failsafe mnemonic device I use to remember my passwords:Now, all the finest bits of humor are funny for a whole wad of reasons simultaneously, but this little gem takes the cake on that front. Just to name a few of the angles that rise with haste to the top of my head:
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- The supposed "mnemonic device"'s acronym is confusing and outwardly meaningless
- He attempts to imbue it with memorability by way of a pronunciation that makes it more confusing
- He implies that not one but all of his passwords are his last name
- By presenting this tip as "useful," he flatly assumes that everyone, without exception, does this
- The "Silly!" at the end, while endearingly goofy, also smacks of a word one would add to a mnemonic device simply in order to form a recognizable acronym — i.e., "Keep It Simple, Stupid" — but here the "S" makes it even less like a real word
- The device is more complicated than the password itself