Sunday, November 27, 2005

The Good Ole Days...

On my way home from working at WENT, I got to thinking, which I do a lot of, and started to remember the days of when I ran a BBS and when I called up BBSes as a kid. I didn't really start running a BBS till around 1996 or so. But would call them all the time in the late 80s. Some of the ones I would cal in the area were Syncronicty, The Ghost Ship/All American BBS, The Saloon, Twilight Color Lab and a few long distance ones across the U.S.

Back during my days with my Commodore 64 (C=64) I would dialup and log on and get lost in the conversation threads. I would spend all my alloted time up on reading and downloading files. And I would remember the hours I would sit and talk to the guys about what was happening, who was arguing with who, who had done what and what conversation was the best one to read. It also all lead to the BBS Wars in the area, where a bunch of us, basiclly being idiots. You can read a bit about that here on Miker's blog. Back then I was still in high school so I spent many nights during the week doing a little home work and calling the boards.

When I started my BBS, Amiga-Z, I would spend practically all my free time tweaking it or just looking for something new to add to it to make it really cool! This was all before the internet! So it wasn't like I was surfing the web or anything. I was culling through CD-Roms and floppies for programs I could use. I miss those days sometimes. They seemed like a simpler time in my life. All I needed was my computer, a modem and a phone line and I was set. That is untill I started dating more :D

I like waxing nostalgic sometimes. Reliving some of those nights in front of my computer and how I made a lot of friends I never even met in person till years later! One was a guy by the handle of Odin. I finally met him, years later at a computer club that was just getting started.

The weird part is that I mostly remember it all because of the season. In the winter I didn't go out that much because of the cold so I sat my ass in front of the TV and computer. That would explain my size 38 waist!

Friday, November 25, 2005

Blacklisted411 Fall 2005 Edition Now in Stores!

Pick up the latest issue! Chuck full of all kinds of hacker and security goodness, including an article by yours truly! Available at fine book and periodical establishments like Borders, Banes & Noble, and Waldenbooks! If your local store doesn't carry it, ask them to! Here's some of the goodness waiting for you in the current issue!

The Art of Casual WiFi Hacking
Cheating on Browser-based Games
Free Broadband
How would I hack thee?
The Hacker Chronicles Part V
Auditor: Debian WiFi Hacking
Internet Insecurity

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Thursday, November 24, 2005

Turkey Nap

First, to those from the U.S. that celebrate, HAPPY THANKSGIVING! For those that don't, you're probably bitching cuz all the stores are closed. Sorry. And to those around the world, just a quick question... What are you thankful for?

See this doesn't have to be just an American holiday. Oh no. People can be thankful any time of the day or year! And just because you're not an American (We won't hold it against ya :P) does that mean you shouldn't be thankful? What are Isreali's thankful for? How about the Palastinians? Or the other arab nations? How about China? India? South Africa? The U.K.? France, Germany, pick a country or nationality. You don't even have to be christian!!! Athiest can be thankful too, just to no one in particualr. :D

Maybe if Thanksgiving was a world wide holiday, things would be a little more sane. Why can't a muslum be thankful to Allah for his family and friends? Why can't a Taoist be thankful for his place in nature? There is no reason to NOT be thankful for anyone! And so, with that thought and the idea that there is still hope in the world, here are a few things I am thankful for...

  1. My daughters.
  2. My Mom and Dad
  3. My sisters and their families
  4. The friends I made in South Dakota
  5. My friends here in New York
  6. Those that I care about. They made me who I am today and still help to shape me.
I could go on and on, but believe it or not, the space on the internet would be finite for my list. So with that, I'll wish one and all a Happy Thanksgiving. And ask you all again, what are you thankful for?

Tuesday, November 22, 2005

Smiles

How can anyone not love this?!?!?!


This parental moment is now complete... move along... thank you... buh bye now... :)

Welcome One and All!

If you look at the lower right, just underneath the links and such on the main page here, you'll notice a button for StatsCounter.com. I'm a nosey man by nature, so I wanted to see who's checking out the blog. So Installed it and have been watching to see who's been stopping by. Well, the past few days haven't been very active. And I didn't expect them to be since I'm a small time guy with a small time blog. Come on! I'm not Stern!

So I just checked and low and behold, 13 people have stopped by the site on Monday. And we're starting to get some international folks stopping in. The UK for one! Welcome! Have a pint of Guinness on me if you're so inclined. Send the tab to 1600 Pennsylviana Ave, Washington, D.C. Address it to my nom de' plume of G.W. Bush. I'll send it right out as soon as I get it. Also to those in North Dakota that stopped by, how ya doin'?

Nice to see so many out there are even remotly curious as to what I have to say. Must be all those "secret files" on my HD about all you folks... heheh.. it's ok.. as long as I get my money, no one sees the files..

Anyways.. more to come... 'nuff said.

Sunday, November 20, 2005

Swedish Fish, Ja!

I love Swedish Fish. The candies, not Norwegian sea life. If you've never had a swedish fish, I suggest you go to your loacal Target, Wal*Mart, Shop-Ko, Albertson's, Price Chopper, whatever!! Get some!! Eat them!! They are AWESOME!! Mmmmmm. I pop one in my mouth and it just waters waiting for the next one and I haven't even finished chewing the first! It's like heaven!!

Swedish Fish. Get some! Go! NOW!!!!

Friday, November 18, 2005

Delusions

So I had another dream with the "The One" in it. This one I can't seem to figure out.

But it goes something like this...

I have a new house. Terry and I are still getting things unpacked and settled in. Boxes all over the place, it's a fixer-uper . I can tell because the kitchen walls need a paint job bad! Plus the prevous owners had bad taste.. Yellow wallpaper and Sky blue wall phones? Ugh....

"The One" is there with 2 other female friends I can't place. Well I come into the kitchen and there they are on my phone, that I thought wasn't hooked up yet cuz I still owed money to the phone company. One of them says "So how far does long distance go?" While she's walking across the kitchen to the counter with the handset in her hand. "The One" says something I can't remeber and her and one of the other women leaves. The last friend is standing there and I look at her and ask her if "The One" paid the phone company to get my phone turned on. She nods her head with a small smile on her face.

Then I'm upstairs in the house and it looks a lot like my parent's upstairs. But this other girl shows up, but shall remain nameless.. Anyways, she comes up the stairs bitching about how I don't wanna date her. Well, why would I? I got Tracy... Then "The One" comes up the stairs where we jump to what can only be described as Maple Ave Extention in Johnstown, in a better day when it wasn't so over grown. Nice cool green grass, light breeze, on a summer's day . I'm sitting by the side of the road just enjoying the weather, when "The One" shows up and she sits in my lap, and leans back against me.

Now I'm not gonna lie! Yeah, I thought it was nice.. but weird.. why would I dream that? And what's stranger.. I had Winamp playing and Cheap Trick's "Dream Police" just came on as I was writing this...

Anyone got a number of a good shrink?

Wednesday, November 16, 2005

War Stories

Well Miker just posted a story about our BBS days, so I figured I should too and Miker agreed with me. So here is one, that doesn't really realte to the wars, but some of the stupidity that was underneath...

Back then we all had Commodore 64 computers, and we all traded and shared programs with each other, we would even bring our floppy drives to each other's houses to hook them all up and copy disks faster. Sometimes, Our TV's and Commies. Well, I had seen Wargames and I got hooked. That was what made me pester my mom and dad to no end for a computer of my own. After getting one and buying a modem for it later on, I got on the BBSes and made a few friends and got a few contacts that had programs that I wanted to get my hands on. Basiclly, hacking and phreaking tools. One program that I wanted was Phoneman. It was a ll around phreaking tool. It could play Bluebox tones, Redbox tones, DTMF, and it even had a wardialer!

For those who wonder what a wardialer is, it's a program that dials phone numbers and looks for modems on the other end. When it finds one, it then logs the number for you to check out at a later time. Well I played with it here and there but I never really did much with the wardialer at first. But our friend Vaughn did.

Vaughn was kinda the pariah of the group. We tolerated him and did treat him as a friend, but some of the stuff he did was nothign short of annoying and down right asinine. But we accepted him, or more like tolerated him.

Anyways, Vaughn and I were talking and I told him about Phoneman soon after I got it. Now, the people that gave it to me said to not hand it out to anyone. They were the kind of people that wanted tobe greedy and not share. Basiclly be snobs and hold it over everyone's head that they had something everyone else didn't. Well, After I managed to 'social engineer" them to give me a copy, I promptly decided to give a copy to anyone that wanted it, including Vaughn. Now Vaughn had the hacker drive but not the ethics. So in hindsight, giving him a copy was probably a bad idea, but I did it, and that was it.

Every now and again I would venture over to Vaughn's house during summer break from school and see what he was up to, hang out, swap programs, and play games. We both seemed to be the ones that were hooked up with cotacts to get shit so we were the ones that distributed the stuff to the rest of the guys. So I'm at his house, and I show Vaughn, Phoneman. He loves it, mostly because if the wardialer. I tell him I haven't really done anything with it. He said he wanted a copy, I said I wanted a copy of something he had and so we traded. Like dealers making an exchange on a dimly lit street corner.

So a few days go by and Vaughn calls me up using his Commie. Back then, we would hear the carrier whistle of the modems when we picked up so we would switch to our computers and put our modem in answer mode and it would pick up, then connect. And then we would do a direct link and chat. This was back before TCP/IP was in common use, so it wasn't where you could chat and exchange files at the same time. But he called and I fired up my terminal and we chated a bit. Exchanged files and I asked him if he had used phoneman yet. He told me he did and in fact, had found a couple numbers here in town! I asked if I could have them and he sent the list on over. Now I didn't know it at the time, but he had been letting his wardialer, dial numbers in town in sequence.... 555-0001,555-0002 and so on. Later on it would bite him in the ass hard!

So a few weeks go by, and everything seems normal. Then one day I get a call from Vaughn, sounding kinda depressed and upset at the same time. He says he needs a new copy of Phoneman. I ask what happened to yours? He kinda hem and hawed about it and would only say he needed a new copy. But I refused to give him one unless he told me what happened to his. Well, reluctantly he tells me that all week long, he had been having his dialer go through all the numbers in town while he was sleeping. So people at 30 am would be getting a phone call and be hearing the creeching of the carrier whistle in their ear! Naturally, people got pissed! Well, I guess Vaughn didn't put much thought into the use of the war dialer, because he put in a sequence that dialed the non emergency numbers of the police, fire and ambulance service here in town. And all those numbers were assigned, in sequence!! So we can see where this is going right?

First the fire department gets the calls, then the abmulance does. Now not knowing what is going on, they call next door to the cops and tell them. They put a "trap" on their numbers, and when Vaughn's computer calls them.. WHAM! They get his ANI and he's busted! They showed up at his house, took his copy of phoneman, bitch him out and give him a ticket to appear in court. And the next day in the local paper, there is a story, where he isn't named because we're all still considered minors, where a teen placed over 6000... Yes 6000, nusence phone calls!

Well, I made the connection of course and promptly filled in the guys and we all had a great laugh. And I might say, Vaughn got off because he had a good lawyer and played dumb! Those two things seemed to save him from a very big fine!

Well Vaughn had called me like 10 mins after the cops left. And 30 minutes later, I was at his house with a fresh copy of Phoneman. Needless to say, he did stop using the war dialer.

Tuesday, November 15, 2005

OPERATION: KOBIASHI MARU

{Insert Mission Impossible Theme here...}

Good Morning Mr./Mrs. {Insert Your Name Here},

We need you for a covert mission of the utmost importance. You and 2 team members will take positions with your paintball guns around the tennis courts near the high school in town, some hours before sunset. There you will maintain a watch on the location and scout out any other viable firing positions that may help in your mission.

Your objective is to wait until a group of teens, who are known to gather there, show up and begin participating in immoral activities such as drinking, smoking cigarettes and smoking pot. Wait for an opportune moment and take your shot. You are to ambush the entire group and get out without being seen.

Should you or any of your team be captured, all knowledge of this operation and your team will be disavowed. Good luck {insert your name here}.

This message will turn into a rutabega in 5 seconds...



Man, I think up some of the weirdest shit! And Just because I thought this up doesn't mean I plan on doing it and I highly suggest no one else do it either... Because you may get in trouble and I would be very ticked cuz it's my idea!

Wednesday, November 09, 2005

God Help Me! It's All True!

Miker posted this on the bulletins for MySpace.

20 things that you understand if you live in upstate New York.


1. Your idea of a traffic jam is 10 cars waiting to pass a tractor on the highway

2. "Vacation" means going to Syracuse for the weekend

3. You measure distance in hours

4. You know several people who have hit deer more than once

5. You often switch from "heat" to "A/C" in the same day

6. You stay in your house most of the summer because you aren't used to the heat

7. You drive at 55 mph through 10 feet of snow during a raging blizzard without flinching

8. You see people wearing hunting clothes at social events

9. You install security lights on your house and garage but leave both unlocked

10. One of your neighbors constantly has bonfires

11. You carry jumper cables in your car and your girlfriend knows how to use them

12. There are 7 empty cars running in the parking lot at the supermarket at any given time

13. Your idea of a huge party is one with lots of cheap beer and some people you go to school with

14. Driving is better in the winter because the potholes are filled in with snow

15. You think sexy lingerie is silk pajamas from wal-mart

16. You know 4 seasons: almost winter, winter, cold, construction

17. It takes you 2 hours to go to the store for one item even when you're in a rush because you have to stop and talk to everyone in town

18. At least 6 people that you see a day have beards and stains on the front of their shirt

19. Cows are just part of the scenery

20. You or someone you know has a car that sounds like a big truck and can barely make it 20 miles yet no one says anything about it.

Fuck if it all ain't true....

Sunday, November 06, 2005

Random Access III

Been a little busy this weekend.. so another quick update on shite...

  • Mom came home on Wednesday. She's good and back to her ol' self. Thanks to all who asked how she was and the offers of support!

  • Built the antenna and discovered it wasn't the antenna after all. Was having the same issue with the radio on the new antenna. So, it's something in the radio. Already talked to someone and he's gonna give it a look over as soon as I get it to him.

  • Tracy and I kinda both had cruddy weekends, so we tried to comfort each other. I think it worked pretty well.

  • The radiator in my car seems to have sprung a leak. Figures. I hate that car and it hates me.


  • A more interesting post will be coming at some point. I just need a cool idea to post about. Till then, hit up the links on the right.

    Tuesday, November 01, 2005

    Random Access II

    Just to keep everyone up to speed, (all 6 of you that read this...) here are some things that have been happening lately...

  • Popped off my newest article to Blacklisted!411, about Aminet.

  • Spent Saturday at a party with Tracy.

  • Spent Sunday with Terry at her other grandparents so she could Trick or Treat with them.

  • Got my supplies to build my new antenna. So I should be back on the air by tommorrow afternoon.

  • My mom is in the hospital with low blood pressure. Saw her today and she does look good. Hopefully she'll be home soon.


  • Other then that, make sure you get the fall issue of Blacklisted!411 when it hits the stands, and be listing for me on 75/80 meters very soon! Somewhere around 3885 KHz. Also, if you are an amateur radio operator, send me an email or leave me a comment and we can setup a sched.

    And that's another thing. How come no one leaves comments?