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Computer underground Digest Wed Sep 2, 1992 Volume 4 : Issue 41 Editors: Jim Thomas and Gordon Meyer (TK0JUT2@NIU.BITNET) Copy Editor: Etaion Shrdlu, IV Archivist: Brendan Kehoe Shadow-Archivist: Dan Carosone CONTENTS, #4.41 (Sep 2, 1992) File 1--MINDVOX System -- Qs and As File 2--Art of Technology Digest Info File 3--Re: Internet Guide Cu-Digest is a weekly electronic journal/newsletter. Subscriptions are available at no cost from tk0jut2@mvs.cso.niu.edu. The editors may be contacted by voice (815-753-6430), fax (815-753-6302) or U.S. mail at: Jim Thomas, Department of Sociology, NIU, DeKalb, IL 60115. 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Readers are encouraged to submit reasoned articles relating to computer culture and communication. Articles are preferred to short responses. Please avoid quoting previous posts unless absolutely necessary. DISCLAIMER: The views represented herein do not necessarily represent the views of the moderators. Digest contributors assume all responsibility for ensuring that articles submitted do not violate copyright protections. ---------------------------------------------------------------------- Date: Wed, 2 Sep 92 02:53 EDT From: digital@PHANTOM.COM(Patrick K. Kroupa) Subject: File 1--MINDVOX System -- Qs and As (MODERATORS' NOTE: We've been on a system called MINDVOX for the past month (cudigest@mindvox.phantom.com), and found it a rather interesting place to hang out. Although not officially "on-line" and open to the public, there were still a sufficient number of interesting posters and posts to keep us going back for more. IRC access, multiple on-line chats, disk storage space, usenet feeds, and other amenities, combined with the proposed future attractions once it goes on line, indicate that MINDVOX may become one of the better public access systems around. We played "Question and Answer" with Pat Kroupa, who runs it along with his long-time friend Bruce Fancher)). ++++ CuD: What is your board's philosophy? Vox: Jeez, you got 100K of space for me to go on? Um, well basically the MindVox article is pretty much a summary of the causes and inceptions of what drove a group of us to put this together, you can pick it up off of various ftp sites under the cud/papers sections, and it's on MindVox itself as the editorial at the moment. Basically we are about evolving Cyberspace and online-communications to the next level beyond what is available, and then repeating that process over the years. We are about reality, virtual and non-virtual, making available to people information that depicts the facts behind a lot of things that the mass media tends to cloud and obscure, the hacker underground of course, but we also have a strong focus on drugs, their effects and uses, recreational, medicinal, steroids and the reality behind how they work and the effects they have on muscle building, weight-loss or weight gain, etc... The general idea was one of a nexus point within Cyberspace where people from all over the world could have access to information and first-hand-knowledge from other individuals, that was not possible anywhere else. So far we are succeeding in that effort. CuD: What do users get? Vox: Well the services they get access to are all the things they expect from Unix in a clean easy-to-use interface. This includes the usenet, IRC, software, as well as the MindVox Forums, Archives from the dawn of Cyberspace, and all types of games and interactive simulations. We also have mailboxes for people who might not want to belong to certain mailing lists or sites, from their normal address, because of big-brother type of system administrators. Member-selectable crypted mail is in the pipeline, as well as various features that allow a high level of privacy. CuD: How are the conferences? Vox: The conferences are going really well, considering that ratio of about 5% of the users typically writing 95% of the messages, we're closer to 15% or 20%, but then again we're just exiting beta mode, so we'll see if it tops out at that ratio or gets better. Our primary topical focus is of course Cyberspace, and we have a series of Forums devoted to every tangent of that, ranging from technology, networking, security, hardware and software, to discussions of ethics surrounding hacking and piracy, the social structure of the underground, with most of the players in residence, participating and explaining what it was really like. We also have areas for Virtual Reality, Ontology, Drugs, Health, Philosophy, Social Issues, the Arts, Business, Entertainment, basically anything that people would like to take part in, we'll let 'em have, but as stated, our principle focus is Cyberspace and its history and development. CuD: Where are we going? Vox: What we're going to be doing as time passes, is constantly evolving the state-of-the-art in online systems. What we're really focusing on is developing software objects that can be pulled apart and updated in a very efficient and fast manner, since everything that is possible with the current state of technology, basically moves forward 33% every two years. Hardware is really cheap these days, but its still running junk that was written in the early 80's and ported from mainframes, or some MSDOS-based nightmare that is so ridiculous in this day of workstations, that its not even funny. Most online services are just user-hostile. Right now our VOICES software is getting to a state that we're almost satisfied with, prior to getting front-ends for the PC/Mac and Amiga going over the winter. Since everything is always late, we probably won't have functional front-ends until early spring, but hey, they tell me "winter" right now, I just don't believe 'em, since they're always 4-8 weeks wrong. CuD: Who is there? Vox: Pretty much a cross-section of everybody in Cyberspace, with the main focus being on people who are a lot closer to whatever you want to term as being "the edge" which tends to define and re-define the boundaries of the playing field we're in. We have a lot of creative/artistic people, Mondo is online, Bruce Sterling, cyberpunk/science fiction writers, movie people, a lot of journalists and reporters are on to see what's going on or to communicate with each other, we pretty much have EVERYBODY who had a hand in shaping the computer underground during the 80's online, most of the ex-Legion of Doom, Knights of Shadow, just people from way-back-when who are living different lives right now; a lot of the EFF is around, government people, a lotta security people from various places are checking things out. Elvis was around for a while, but mostly we're still negotiating to get Bill the Cat. Oh and hey, you're there too! CuD: What's IRC (Inter-Relay Chat) like? Vox: IRC is interesting, if the net is working anarchy, IRC is dysfunctional anarchy. It's also probably one of the first genuine steps into what will become Cyberspace. It's real-time interaction, where I mean you're just typing to one another, but there are hundreds, sometimes thousands of people there from all over the world. And then when you stop and think that people meet, fall in love, even get married through this -- it really is a new medium for communications between people. On the other hand there are individuals who tend to live their entire lives through it, but... it's a really fascinating experience, what it means to you will vary greatly upon your personal needs of course, to one person its crap, to another an interesting diversion, and to a third, a reasonable alternative to perpetual loneliness or suicide. CuD: How do we access it? Vox: You can telnet to phantom.com, the IP address for that is: 38.145.218.228 or you can connect locally by dialing 212-988-5030. CuD: How much does it cost to get access? Vox: Pricing is broken down into a couple of categories to suit people's needs. What we've found during our beta testing stage is that a lot of clients are telnetting into Vox because they want to read the forums, download from the Archives and hang out with us; they don't really care about reading news or hanging out in IRC or whatever, since they can do all that from accounts they have right now. Conversely there are local people who are just amazed that they can FTP software, and wanna read the newsgroups and use mail, and basically don't have the slightest have the slightest idea who we are, and even less interest in reading the Forums. In fact the majority of local people just want Internet services with an easy-to-use front-end so they don't have to deal with Unix. So we changed Memberships to reflect what we discovered, and fulfill everyone's desires. MindVox Membership is $10 a month. Which gives you access to the MindVox Forums, the local Chat system, the Archives, Games, Mail, and things that fall into these basic categories. Internet Memberships are also $10 a month, and that's basically Usenet, Software, Mail, IRC, and things that fall into the category of "Public Unix Access." Or $15 a month gets you all services, period. Everybody gets two weeks of free time to check it out and decide if its something they want to be part of, before billing gets activated. ------------------------------ Date: Sun, 30 Aug 92 18:45:13 EDT From: Chris Cappuccio Subject: File 2--Art of Technology Digest Info ((MODERATORS' NOTE: The Art of Technology Digest is a new E-'Zine that we came across, so we posed some questions to the editor, Chris Cappuccio. From what we've seen of it so far, it's worth checking out)). Q: What's ATD About? A: Things That Happen With Technology, How Technology Is Used, Wierd Technology Uses, Some Computer Underground News Q: How Often Does It Come Out? A: Usually Every 1 1/2 Weeks or Whenever I Can Get It Out There Q: Where Can I Get It? A: For Back Issues, Call Live Wire BBS (313) 464-1470, 1200/2400/HST 9600-14400 You Will Get Access On Your First Call And All Files Are Zipped So The LD Charges Are Low... To Be Put On The Mailing List, Do *Exactly* this: mail mailserv@batpad.lgb.ca.us SUBJECT: SUBSCRIBE aotd Q: How Can I Contribute? A: Send Your Contributions And Complaints To: cappucci@crs.cl.msu.edu Q: What Is The Mailserver at batpad.lgb.ca.us? A: It's A Different Version Of The Listserv Commonly Found On Bitnet (Because It's Time Network) And Uses Slightly Different Commands Q: Why Does batpad.lgb.ca.us Take Hours To Respond? A: Give UUCP A Break! ------------------------------ Date: Tue, 25 Aug 1992 15:36:10 PDT From: Brian Erwin Subject: File 3--Re: Internet Guide ((MODERATORS' NOTE: We are not in the habit of providing free advertising for profit-making enterprises, but we feel the following "Nutshell" and related products by O'Reilly Associates are relevant resources. Whenever we have technical questions, the people we ask often refer us to a volume from the Nutshell series as a pointer for further information. 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In addition to its description of OSF/1, it includes the differences between OSF/1 and System V Release 4 and a look ahead at DCE. Programming Perl By Larry Wall & Randal Schwartz 482 pages, ISBN 0-937175-64-1, $29.95 1st Edition January 1991 Authoritative guide to the hottest new UNIX utility in years, co-authored by the creator of that utility. Perl is a language for easily manipulating text, files, and processes. POSIX Programmer's Guide By Donald Lewine 640 pages, ISBN 0-937175-73-0, $34.95 1st Edition April 1991 Most UNIX systems today are POSIX-compliant because the Federal government requires it for their purchases. However, given the manufacturer's documentation, it can be difficult to distinguish system-specific features from those features defined by POSIX. The POSIX Programmer's Guide, intended as an explanation of the POSIX standard and as a reference for the POSIX.1 programming library, will help you write more portable programs. Practical C Programming By Steve Oualline 420 pages, ISBN 0-937175-65-X, $24.95 1st Edition July 1991 C programming is more than just getting the syntax right. Style and debugging also play a tremendous part in creating programs that run well. Practical C Programming teaches you not only the mechanics of programming, but also describes how to create programs that are easy to read, maintain and debug. There are lots of introductory C books, but this is the Nutshell Handbook! Practical UNIX Security By Simson Garfinkel & Gene Spafford 512 pages, ISBN 0-937175-72-2, $29.95 1st Edition June 1991 Tells system administrators how to make their UNIX systems--either System V or BSD--as secure as they possibly can be without going to trusted system technology. The book describes UNIX concepts and how they enforce security, tells how to defend against and handle security breaches, and explains network security (including UUCP, NFS, Kerberos, and firewall machines) in detail. UNIX in a Nutshell for Berkeley 272 pages, ISBN 0-937175-20-X, $19.50 1st Edition December 1986 This UNIX quick-reference goes beyond the list of frequently used commands and options found in most quick refs. "I highly recommend the UNIX in a Nutshell handbooks as desktop references. [They] are complete and concise; they pack more information into fewer pages than I've ever seen." --DEC Professional, Sept. 1987 UNIX in a Nutshell: A Desktop Quick Reference for System V and Solaris 2.0 444 pages, ISBN 1-56592-001-5, $9.95 By Daniel Gilly and the staff of O'Reilly & Associates 2nd Edition June 1992 You may have seen UNIX quick reference guides, but you've never seen anything like UNIX in a Nutshell. Not a scaled-down quick-reference of common commands, UNIX in a Nutshell is a complete reference containing all commands and options plus generous descriptions and examples that put the commands in context. For all but the thorniest UNIX problems, this one reference should be all the documentation you need. Covers System V Releases 3 and 4 and Solaris 2.0. Power Programming with RPC By John Bloomer 494 pages, ISBN 0-937175-77-3, $29.95 1st Edition February 1992 RPC, or remote procedure calling, is the ability to distribute the execution of functions on remote computers. Written from a programmer's perspective, this book shows what you can do with RPC and presents a framework for learning it. sed & awk By Dale Dougherty 414 pages, ISBN 0-937175-59-5, $27.95 1st Edition November 1990 For people who create and modify text files, sed and awk are power tools for editing. Most of the things that you can do with these programs can be done interactively with a text editor. However, using sed and awk can save many hours of repetitive work in achieving the same result. System Performance Tuning By Mike Loukides 336 pages, ISBN 0-937175-60-9, $24.95 1st Edition November 1990 System Performance Tuning answers the fundamental question: How can I get my computer to do more work without buying more hardware? Some performance problems do require you to buy a bigger or faster computer, but many can be solved simply by making better use of the resources you already have. Typesetting Tables on the UNIX System By Henry McGilton & Mary McNabb 280 pages, ISBN 0-9626289-0-5, $24.95 For those UNIX users who depend on troff, the definitive guide to tbl. If you're a novice UNIX user, this book is the best way to learn tbl. If you're an expert, the book will pay for itself the first time you want to show off. termcap & terminfo By John Strang, Linda Mui, & Tim O'Reilly 270 pages, ISBN 0-937175-22-6, $21.95 3rd Edition April 1988 For UNIX system administrators and programmers. This handbook provides information on writing and debugging terminal descriptions, as well as terminal initialization, for the two UNIX terminal databases. Using UUCP and Usenet By Grace Todino & Dale Dougherty 210 pages, ISBN 0-937175-10-2, $21.95 1st Edition February 1986 Shows users how to communicate with both UNIX and non-UNIX systems using UUCP and cu or tip, and how to read news and post articles. This handbook assumes that UUCP is already running at your site. Learning the vi Editor By Linda Lamb 192 pages, ISBN 0-937175-67-6, $21.95 5th Edition October 1990 Complete guide to text editing with vi, the editor available on nearly every UNIX system. Early chapters cover the basics; later chapters explain more advanced editing tools, such as ex commands and global search and replacement. The Z-Mail Handbook: 3 Interfaces for E-mail By Hanna Nelson 462 pages, ISBN 0-937175-76-5, $29.95 1st Edition October 1991 Z-Mail is a superset of the widely-used public-domain program, Mush. Z-Mail runs on UNIX terminals or on graphic workstations running the X Window System, and even supports multimedia attachments (so you can mail anything that you can store on disk). This is the complete guide to this powerful mail program. Also covers Mush. ========== The Pick Series If you've ever wanted more out of Pick documentation--understanding a passage at first reading; speedily looking up an option; finding complete coverage of a topic; having a guide you can give to a first- time user--the Pick Series is for you. It's complete, accessible, authoritative, and it even looks good. The Pick Series is a complete Pick documentation set, based on a mainstream implementation of the Pick operating system (R83) with notes on SMA standards and other implementations. Pick ACCESS: A Guide to the SMA/RETRIEVAL Language By Walter Gallant 368 pages, ISBN 0-937175-41-2, $29.95 1st Edition November 1989 Pick ACCESS introduces ACCESS concepts, documents all commands, features, and functions, and includes a thorough description of correlatives and conversions. Pick BASIC: A Reference Guide By Linda Mui 338 pages, ISBN 0-937175-42-0, $39.95 1st Edition March 1990 Pick BASIC is complete documentation for applications programmers. The large reference section covers all Pick BASIC functions and statements. Pick MASTER DICTIONARY: A Reference Guide to User Accounts By Walter Gallant 576 pages, ISBN 0-937175-44-7, $39.95 1st Edition March 1990 A complete command reference guide for all TCL and Editor commands available in user accounts. Pick MASTER DICTIONARY includes more information than any other reference volume currently available. Commands and options for major Pick implementations such as ADDS Mentor, Ultimate, General Automation, PICK Systems R83, and REALITY are included. A Guide to the Pick System By Dale Dougherty 330 pages, ISBN 0-937175-43-9, $34.95 1st Edition January 1990 This book is designed for the applications programmer or other experienced user who wants to know how Pick structures database files and how to set up databases. =============== US and Canada: To order these books contact O'Reilly & Associates at 103 Morris Street, Suite A, Sebastopol, CA, 95472 or call 1-800-998-9938. To send a FAX: +1 707-829-0104. Email questions to nuts@ora.com or uunet!ora!nuts. -- Brian Erwin, brian@ora.com Public Relations, O'Reilly & Associates 103A Morris Street, Sebastopol CA 95472 707-829-0515, Fax 707-829-0104 ------------------------------ End of Computer Underground Digest #4.41 ************************************

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