ARAMS_NOTES_001.TXT

Dear Future Aram,

I shot a guy. Like, with a gun.

I didn't know where to start, so I figured: just spit it out. My government-mandated counselor wants me to start up this log again, but it's not easy. So I guess he has kind of a point.

Anyway, let me start over. It's been a stressful few weeks. There was an incursion at work - meaning some guys with guns broke in and took all my friends hostage.

And some good people got hurt. Don got shot in the leg, I guess with some sort of shotgun, and he lost a lot of blood. Then he started to get sepsis, and while I don't exactly know what that is, it wasn't good. He was kept alive because of some incredible, incredible field medicine performed by Mr. R. (Mr. R is like Voldermort, but not Ralph Fiennes, and, like, scarier - I'm not going to say his name on here.)

Anyway, the doctor told me personally that Don will need a cane for a few weeks. But it sounds like if he works hard on his physical therapy - anyone who knows Don knows he will - he should eventually make a full recovery. Really great.

For my part. Well - I guess I'm not totally ready to write about it. That was my first time using a firearm in the field, and I'm not sure - that is, it's not something I'm used to.

I know what I did was justified. I saved my friends' lives. And that's - I know that's what matters. But since it happened, I'm - it's hard to get my head around. I don't know what else to say.

From a technical standpoint, I think the security vulnerabilities exposed in the incursion have been addressed. Garrick's men used broad-spectrum wireless signal jammers in a few locations, which is a tricky problem to prevent for the future. Not much you can do about direct physical access. But I've run an additional hardline out of the post office, straight down and magnetically shielded, to be used only in the event of incursion. So at least we'll have some sort of access for VoIP or whatever.

I've also created a fallback system for our main servers, which allows them to be remotely reset from some bespoke hardline terminals in different locations - including from my desk. Hopefully that will allow faster system restores, if I'm ever not able to access the servers directly.

Okay, I think that sums it up. But seriously, New Year's Resolution 2014: I'm going to keep writing in this thing.

Your friend,
Past Aram

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