Re: Mini-shell, hackers, HD disks
Article: 8871 of alt.hackers From: David R Schwanke <firstname.lastname@example.org> Newsgroups: alt.hackers Subject: Re: Mini-shell, hackers, HD disks Date: Tue, 17 Oct 1995 12:34:33 -0400 Organization: Sophomore, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Carnegie Mellon, Pittsburgh, PA Lines: 53 Approved: email@example.com Message-ID: QkUxgNa00iVGM4r58k@andrew.cmu.edu NNTP-Posting-Host: andrew.cmu.edu In-Reply-To: <firstname.lastname@example.org> Status: RO
Excerpts from netnews.alt.hackers: 13-Oct-95 Mini-shell, hackers, HD disks by David Ljung@fc.hp.com > hackers: people who enjoy looking at systems and finding the loopholes > and corner cases and ways around that system. I myself would add people who research and learn about topics that havent been done before (or that have so little that its unheard of). Me and a friend were able to "research" the internals of the Traffic Control Boxes that are outside of every traffic light in the US. We werent being mallicious, about the only thing that may be considered malicious were the borrowing of certain reading material. However this reading material was well of 15 years old and with that much dust layered on it. We had no intent of shutting down all the lights on mainstreet or something like that but it is really interesting how much shit goes into them. (And how pathetically simple some of it is) On a side note, my Computer Engineering couse this semester uses those systems (though not actual ones, just the concept) as a basis for the book. Our research has shown that the book is getting closer to the mark then most people think. :) It scares me that the devices that could cause two tractortrailers full of rocketfuel to collide havent been opened for several years, (counted by the number of layers of paint on locks and hinges) and are using technology that is 20+ years old. ESPECIALLY since the components within (except for the newer ones) are of the type that DO go bad simply because of the age in which they were created. #ifndefine OBHACK #define OBHACK Modifying the source for the Latest Linux kernal so it will compile for my soundcard. Unfortunately it still doesnt work, but atleast now it compiles. Keep in mind that this is my first real life test of programming skills and learning make files AND learning compiler operatives. Researching CopyRight laws to get around my Proffessors wishes to not have his notes on the web. UpComming, a virtual library. "Real in that only one copy may be borrowed at a time." Friend of mine completely rewrote LILO to get 4 hds to work with linux. IN HEX. (Loaded it debugged it, saved it, ran it, repeat) Shit blew my mind. Burned out power connectors on XT power supply. Now have two power supplies running one Xt. Working with a female friend from the Art Department to get a new musical instrument working. Ok, that was just an application of basic Electrical Engineering, but hey, my first "real" project!