Monthly Archives: May 2003

Desert island hacking

If you’re ever on a desert island, and all you have to compute on is an old IBM system/36, here are instructions on how to break in if the island’s prior occupants didn’t leave any login information on a yellow … Continue reading

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Hot Wheels

Andy Rubin has a bit on hacking the Segway. Remind me not to steal one of these: settings that “pretty much guarantee broken limbs” ’cause the thief is going to be at full acceleration and won’t be able to steer…

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Ether Madness

If it’s got a connector, Ether Killer has a zapper for it. (Via memepool). “My hard disk is on fire…” (oldish story here)

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IBM memory lane

Hercules is an emulator for the IBM 360 and 370. And, if you didn’t know, OS/360 is in the public domain. So go wild. Shrieks, gibbers… I spent about four months of evenings wayBackWhen mucking about at the IBM Federal … Continue reading

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Surreal…

This is the rather surreal notice that we found taped to our front door when we got home this evening. INFORMATIONAL NOTICE POLICE TRAINING will be conducted on Thursday, May 22, 2003 in your neighborhood The Mountain View and Palo … Continue reading

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More capacitor trouble

Via comp.risks, we have an editorial on the Great Capacitor Scare of 2003. For inter-corporate “terrorism” it’s an interesting idea: Spread toothy and maybe semi-truthful dirt about an entire industry segment, and watch scared customers come back to momma. On … Continue reading

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Sorry, but you can't do that [OK]

Dave Carson has a bunch of darned good art relating to the Cthulhu mythos. Sadly, the true horror of the site is the constantly recurring dialog box saying “Sorry, you can’t do that,” triggered whenever a control or shift key … Continue reading

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Unix Archive

Here’s an archive of older versions of Unix, including version 6 (which is what I cut my teeth on, on a PDP-11/45 at the National Bureau of Standards). Obligatory story: Version 6 was before automatic file system repair — when … Continue reading

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Well, *that* was a big surprise

It’s been slashdotted, so I won’t repeat it here. Intuit has announced that it is removing the current copy protection scheme from next year’s version of Turbo Tax. I guess that all the bad publicity (and support headaches) didn’t make … Continue reading

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How much for that robot in the window?

“The one with the fan in its tail?” Those crazy Japanese are at it again.

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