Broken Light Bulb Base Removal Hack
Article: 7901 of alt.hackers From: firstname.lastname@example.org (Jurjen Oskam) Newsgroups: alt.hackers Subject: Broken Light Bulb Base Removal Hack Date: 28 May 95 21:52:38 CET Organization: Spot v1.3a #1208 - Amiga Lines: 48 Approved: First Post Message-ID: email@example.com NNTP-Posting-Host: xs1.xs4all.nl X-FTN-To: Jerry Leslie X-GateSoftware: AmiGate 1.3a (24.3.95) X-Posted-By: firstname.lastname@example.org Status: RO
In a message of 28 May 95 (17:23:41) Jerry Leslie wrote to All: (about "Broken Light Bulb Base Removal Hack") Hi Jerry! JL> The front porch light burned out. No problem, just replace the bulb. JL> No, it broke, leaving the base of the bulb in the socket, probably If you have a tennis-ball lying somewhere, then that's the thing to use when a light-bulb cracks and leaves the base in the socket. Just place the tennisball where the bulb used to be, and unscrew it. ObHack: My mail/news setup. At home I have an Amiga 1200, with a very nice Fidonet mail reader called Spot. I wanted to use it for reading my news/email, but the problem was: no UUCP available. On the Amiga, there are UUCP <-> FidoNet conversion programs available, but since I didn't have UUCP that wouldn't work. Or so I thought. SOUP, however, was available in the form of the program 'uqwk'. When reading the SOUP specifications, I discovered that each messagefile is in rnews format. Hey! One of the converters could convert single rnews-files to fidonet .pkts and so, imported by the fidonet-reader. So what I did was: - On my account, invoke uqwk to create nice SOUP files. - LhA-ed the messagefiles, and killed the controlfiles. While I was at it, included my mailbox in the archive too. - Get the archive to my 1200 - Using an ARexx script to automatically unpack and convert the mail/news. ARexx can do interprocess-communication, so it can tell the fidonet mailreader when it's finished and so can start importing the mail/news. - Reading the whole lot. :-) - When replying, the converter needed a 'sendmail' and a 'NNTPpost' program. Since I don't have UUCP, I didn't have these available. - Wrote another two ARexx scripts to intercept the calls to 'sendmail' and 'NNTPpost', and save the emails/articles to a seperate directory. - Packing the replies, and sending it to my account. - Wrote a UNIX script to process the mail and news, and send new stuff Phew! Since I'm a complete UNIX moron, I'm quite proud of it.. :-) --- Jurjen Oskam -=*Finger email@example.com for PGP public key! *=- Key fingerprint = E3 9F E7 5C 16 3B D2 B2 4F 86 BA 66 96 0C 44 F1 ... Fact: fourteen out of every ten people like chocolate.