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Re: Did I get in?

Article: 7805 of alt.hackers
From: "Steven M. Loranz" <>
Newsgroups: alt.hackers
Subject: Re: Did I get in?
Date: Fri, 12 May 1995 01:29:32 -0500
Organization: Northwestern University, Evanston, IL, US
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On Thu, 11 May 1995 wrote:

> >ObBetterHack: A panhandler asked me for change today.  Said he
neede to
> >make a phone call.  So I walked him over to the phone and redboxed it
> >for him.  He asked me if that would work in Taco Bell too.  ;)
> he he,   good story!  Evanston panhandlers are roughly 1 every two
> What can you tell me about 'redbox'ing, or where can I find info?
> Two or three lines of text will do. I'm not asking for a research paper.

Actually nowadays they're about 2/block...

Anyways...I should have titled this ObJoke:  No.  I didn't redox this
guy's call, but I thought it was a funny _IDEA_ anyway.  For those of
you who are interested in what a redbox is... don't mail me, please.  I
suggest scanning alt.2600 every once in a while for the redbox faq.  The
devices are interesting... and illegal... So please don't go out and
actually make one... okay?

Now for a true life...
ObHack?: While moving our office awhile back, an HP700 workstation had to
give up it's external 2G drive.  In my stupidity I forgot to take it out
of /etc/fstab before restarting it the next time.  It took a looong while
then threw me out into a pseudo single-user mode in order for me to
attempt to fix my mistake.  The machine asked for it's drive back and
wanted me to tell it when it was there so it could boot.  I decided to
fix it by editing /etc/fstab.  Except I didn't have an editor.  So for a
bare minimum editor I did a cat on /etc/fstab then did a "cat >>
/etc/fstab" and typed the four lines I wanted and left out the one I
didn't want.  I know...this is lame and is well known amongst the UNIX
gods...but I felt good that I could fix it without too much thought


Steve Loranz                   
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