Commodork: sordid tales from a BBS junkie by Rob O'Hara

By Rob O'Hara

For almost twenty years, computer-based Bulletin Board structures have been the first approach to conversation among desktop clients. As abruptly as they received attractiveness, they have been made out of date by way of the subsequent huge factor - a newfangled method known as the web. Commodork: Sordid stories from a BBS Junkie takes its readers on a thrilling trip throughout the BBS period. in the course of the author's own stories and adventures, readers will realize extra approximately those notable occasions and what it was once 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 get pleasure from studying approximately existence "before the 'net." you recognize, again once we used to modem uphill, either methods within the snow.

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Later, HPAC was changed to HPVAC to include Virus programming. “Carding” refers to the illegal use of other peopleʼs credit cards. Technically, “carding” something means buying something using someone elseʼs credit card without their permission, although there are other various aspects of carding. Most people I knew who dealt in credit card numbers werenʼt using them to buy things, but rather to pay for their long distance phone bills. As programs continued to grow in size, long distance callers found themselves online longer and longer to download the latest games.

Doc Dred, hell-bent on getting the OK Krackers busted, contacted the authors of the BBS software and informed them that we had released a pirated copy of their software. The authors of the software informed him that if he could provide a copy of the release, they would look in to the matter. More importantly, from that release they could determine who had originally purchased (and therefore leaked) the program. Imagine Doc Dredʼs surprise when he sent them what turned out to be a copy of his OWN BBS software!

Before long someone walked by and stuck a beer in my hand. Not knowing what else to do, I drank it. Then I drank a couple more, egged on by the cheers of the crowd. I think I drank a total of twelve beers that night, which is a dumb idea for any fifteen-year-oldʼs first foray into the world of alcohol consumption. Around midnight there was a knock at the door. It was the police. At this point I was simply trying to go to sleep under the pool table, or maybe on top of it. I remember the cops wanting to know what the hell was going on and them telling Beetlejuice that he was in a lot of trouble.

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