GUIDE TO (mostly) HARMLESS HACKING
Beginners' Series #2, Section One.
Hacking Windows 95!
works with Win98)
Important warning: this is a beginners lesson. BEGINNERS.
Will all you super k-rad elite haxors out there just skip reading
this one, instead reading it and feeling all insulted at how
easy it is and then emailing me to bleat "This GTMHH iz
2 ezy your ****** up,wee hate u!!!&$%" Go study something
that seriously challenges your intellect such as "Unix for
Have you ever seen what happens when someone with an America
Online account posts to a hacker news group, email list, or IRC
chat session? It gives you a true understanding of what "flame"
Now you might think that making fun of firstname.lastname@example.org
is just some prejudice. Sort of like how managers in big corporations
don't wear dreadlocks and fraternity boys don't drive Yugos.
But the real reason serious hackers would never use AOL is
that it doesn't offer Unix shell accounts for its users. AOL
fears Unix because it is the most fabulous, exciting, powerful,
hacker-friendly operating system in the Solar system... gotta
calm down ... anyhow, I'd feel crippled without Unix. So AOL
figures offering Unix shell accounts to its users is begging
to get hacked.
Unfortunately, this attitude is spreading. Every day more
ISPs are deciding to stop offering shell accounts to their users.
But if you don't have a Unix shell account, you can still
hack. All you need is a computer that runs Windows 95 and just
some really retarded on-line account like America Online or Compuserve.
In this Beginner's Series #2 we cover several fun things to
do with Windows and even the most hacker-hostile Online services.
And, remember, all these things are really easy. You don't need
to be a genius. You don't need to be a computer scientist. You
don't need to won an expensive computer. These are things anyone
with Windows 95 can do.
Section One: Customize your Windows 95 visuals. Set up your
startup, background and logoff screens so as to amaze and
befuddle your non-hacker friends.
Section Two: Subvert Windows nanny programs such as Surfwatch
and the setups many schools use in the hope of keeping kids from
using unauthorized programs. Prove to yourself -- and your friends
and coworkers -- that Windows 95 passwords are a joke.
Section Three: Explore other computers -- OK, let's be blatant
-- hack -- from your Windows home computer using even just AOL
for Internet access.
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