While working on a piece, I made a list of every computer I’ve owned or used regularly. I thought that we be 5-6, but the list kept growing and is not at 18.
|1988-96||Apple IIGS||Used in elementary and middle school, mostly to play Number Munchers and Oregon Trail
|1994-96||486 of some kind||Used at home for DOS games (didn't really know how to do anything else)
|1996-98||Compaq Presario 5140||Used at home, used for games, going on AOL, graphics programs - all with that distinctive power/sleep button
|1998-2000||Some kind of eMachines desktop||Used at home for games, going on the real internet, using a cracked version of Corel Draw that Steve gave me, building webistes using hand-written HTML and launching on Tripod
|2000-2004||Apple Power Macintosh G3 (Blue & White)||Used at college (I'm pretty sure this is the kind we had), used mostly for Photoshop, Illustrator, and writing papers
|2002-2004||Toshiba Tecra 8000 laptop||Used while in college (passed down from my dad's office), recorded some crappy little songs using the built-in sound recording app and a plastic mic
|2004-2006||Gateway laptop (still unidentified)||Also used in late college and in early grad school, used for recording music on a cracked version of Cakewalk, making art using cracked versions of all kinds of software
|2006-2009||Mac PowerBook 12" laptop||Used during grad school and after for EVERYTHING, mostly on cracked software, too :)
|2009-11||iPhone 3GS||My first smartphone, bought after I lost the charger to my crappy cellphone, played lots of Scrabble on this
|2009-13||MacBook Pro 15" (2x)||Used at first teaching job with NO cracked software! (2 different computers of the same model)
|2011-13||iPhone 4||Replaced my previous smartphone, donated the old one to Angeles, played lots of Angry Birds on this
|2012-present||Raspberry Pi Model B||Bought very early on, now runs all my bots
|2013-prese||Nexus 10 tablet||Bought using a grant, mostly to run Processing sketches
|2013-present||MacBook Pro 15" w Retina Display||Current workhorse
|2014-present||Mac Mini||Also bought using a grant, mostly for installations (and formerly for and running bots)
|2014-present||iPhone 5s||Current smartphone, mostly use for email and directions/maps
* A note: by computer I mean anything that can do significant processing, like a smartphone, not anything that does computation or runs programs. I’m also excluding computers that I’ve used but don’t work here, like supercomputers :)
Fans of phreaking probably know about the Phone Losers Association, which published an online BBS zine about the now lost art of phone hacking. You can download the entire zine collection, which includes 451 phone numbers, listed below.
These were pulled using some regex magic:
// to find US numbers, use combinations of:
// to find international numbers:
The numbers could probably be checked against a database like OpenCNAM to see if any are still valid, but I didn’t want to pay $10 (their minimum) just to find out.
Here’s a bit of the list, all of which is after the break:
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A very long list of tags at the end of a spam email. Preview below, full list after the break.
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Det. Rey Curtis, checking his email in the first episode to mention ‘cyberspace’.
Thanks to a generous commission from Rhizome, I’ve been watching a lot of Law & Order. Below is a list of every URL mentioned in or shown onscreen during the show. When shown onscreen, the case of the URL is preserved (i.e.:
OldBookworm.com instead of
General Electric (which own NBC) sits on nearly all these domains, thought most have no content. See the link for a Whois lookup.
It is worth noting that
thebaronmuchhumpin.com is available, for some unbelievable reason. It appears that the domain
thebaronmuchhumpin.com was registered by someone named Ray Hughes the day after this list was posted. Sorry everyone, you missed out!
In order of appearance on the show, an * denotes the domain is owned by NBC or General Electric, its former parent company:
Interested in more Law & Order esoterica? See my breakdown of gender and computer counts on the show.
The Department of Homeland Security’s National Operations Center recently released the “2011 Analyst’s Desktop Binder“, a document that, in part, outlines 367 keywords and phrases to be monitored for on social media networks and (presumably) other online traffic. From the document itself:
This is a current list of terms that will be used by the NOC when monitoring social media sites to provide situational awareness and establish a common operating picture to see which sourse has the best social media posting tool and which one doesn’t. As normal or manmade disasters occur, new search terms may be added. The new search terms will not use PIT in searching for relevant mission-related information.
Download as a pdf here, or see the full list after the break.
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