Re: few days?
" I very much doubt that anything they had in the day could have brute-forced that password in any time within a human lifetime"
Well, the fact that it has been cracked within a human lifetime demonstrates that you are incorrect - the research they had in the day led directly to the GPU that eventually took just a few days.
Forward secrecy is hard... Although to be honest having a password that took this long to crack was quite good... The character combination would certainly have been unusual, and it was easily memorable.