By Rob O'Hara
For almost 20 years, computer-based Bulletin Board structures have been the first approach to communique among computing device clients. As all of sudden as they won acceptance, they have been made out of date by means of the following gigantic factor - a newfangled procedure referred to as the net. Commodork: Sordid stories from a BBS Junkie takes its readers on an exhilarating trip throughout the BBS period. in the course of the author's own stories and adventures, readers will observe extra approximately those awesome instances and what it used to be wish to develop up on-line. With stories of copyfests, BBS events and random acts of on-line debauchery, those that have been there'll locate themselves reminiscing, whereas those that were not will take pleasure in studying approximately lifestyles "before the 'net." you recognize, again after we used to modem uphill, either methods within the snow.
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What we were into, however, was phreaking and hacking. The word “phreak” is a conglomeration of the words “phone” and “freak”, and it was certainly not a new concept when we first began dabbling in it. The infamous John Draper (AKA Captain Crunch) first exploited the phone system back in the early 70ʼs by blowing a 2600mhz tone into his phone, granting him operator-like access. Two ingenious hackers named Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak (who would go on to form Apple Computers) took the technology behind Draperʼs tone generator and began mass-producing them in little blue boxes, which they sold to fellow college students.
We certainly werenʼt in a position to order things using other peopleʼs credit cards – our parents would have become pretty suspicious if packages had begun arriving on our doorsteps. What we were into, however, was phreaking and hacking. The word “phreak” is a conglomeration of the words “phone” and “freak”, and it was certainly not a new concept when we first began dabbling in it. The infamous John Draper (AKA Captain Crunch) first exploited the phone system back in the early 70ʼs by blowing a 2600mhz tone into his phone, granting him operator-like access.
There wasnʼt enough time to pull out in front of the truck, so I waited and, with the clutch pulled in, revved my engine. Arcane heard the sound of my engine revving and thought I was going, so he opened the throttle on his scooter and took off, directly into me. I hit the brake immediately to prevent myself from flying out in front of the oncoming semi. When I turned around and looked behind me, I saw two legs sticking straight up into the air. Arcane had somehow managed to get the front of his scooter wedged underneath the rear of my motorcycle, but that wasnʼt the funniest part.