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SolidSnake859

HOBBIES: Playing games, kicking ass, taking names, catching bass, writing rhymes, wasting time, plotting out my next crime. Sobbing over my lost youth, informing lusers of the truth, going to college, gaining knowledge, becoming a sage, making minimum wage, keeping pretty women at bay, ogling Fluttershy (neigh!), rule 34 'til I'm sore, PS4 until I'm bored. I could do this all day, but that'd be a terrible waste, I'm no Lamar, though I got far, so consider this section aced.

COOL STUFF YOU MAY NOT HAVE KNOWN ABOUT:

  • Telnet www.telehack.com from the command line. All you have to do is activate the Telnet client, type telnet www.telehack.com in cmd, and login to play! (Also, telnet towel.blinkenlights.nl for extra points and a cool secret to share with your close friends!)

  • The first computer program was described by Ada Lovelace (daughter of the poet Lord Byron) and was meant to be used to calculate Beroulli numbers. It would be nearly another century before the technology to do such a thing existed.

  • The first computer programmers flipped thousands of switches to represent ones and zeroes (since computers only understand binary) in order to create programs. Eventually, they created assembly languages, which could be read by the computer as binary and read by a human as hex code, to expedite the process. From there, they created high-level languages to make that process even easier. Before they knew it, people were creating programs left and right.

  • Here is the very first message on Usenet (the precursor to the internet), circa 1981!

    From: ucbvax!mark

    Subject: network name change is in effect

    Date: Tue May 12 12:39:01 1981

    Newsgroups: net.general

I have renamed all the arpanet newsgroups from NET.whatever to fa.whatever. This includes arpa-bboard, info-cpm, sf-lovers, human-nets, info-terms, info-micro, arms-d, energy, unix-wizards, teletext, and home-sat.

If you are a subscriber to one or more of the above, you should use netnews -s to change your subscription from, for example NET.human-nets to fa.human-nets.

If you are a system administrator for netnews and you have not already fixed your .sys file to know about the new names, you should do so at once, or risk losing news.

Mark

  1. Before that post, all networks were contained by universities and the military as ARPAnet. It began in 1969 as a network of four computers and grew to number in the thousands by the late 1970s.

  2. ARPAnet was hacked early onby Kevin Poulsen. These days, he writes for WIRED.

  3. The man who posted that, Mark R. Horton, later went through a gender identity crisis and became a woman, Mary Ann Horton. (Google it!)

  4. Fa.human-nets, as referenced here, predicted the internet. https://groups.google.com/forum/#!forum/fa.human-nets

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