Cyber-Everything

 

Computers I’ve Owned

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.

YEARMAKE/MODELNOTES
1988-96Apple IIGSUsed in elementary and middle school, mostly to play Number Munchers and Oregon Trail
1994-96486 of some kindUsed at home for DOS games (didn't really know how to do anything else)
1996-98Compaq Presario 5140Used at home, used for games, going on AOL, graphics programs - all with that distinctive power/sleep button
1998-2000Some kind of eMachines desktopUsed 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
2000-2004Apple 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
2002-2004Toshiba Tecra 8000 laptopUsed 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
2004-2006Gateway 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
2006-2009Mac PowerBook 12" laptopUsed during grad school and after for EVERYTHING, mostly on cracked software, too :)
2009-11iPhone 3GSMy first smartphone, bought after I lost the charger to my crappy cellphone, played lots of Scrabble on this
2009-13MacBook Pro 15" (2x)Used at first teaching job with NO cracked software! (2 different computers of the same model)
2011-13iPhone 4Replaced my previous smartphone, donated the old one to Angeles, played lots of Angry Birds on this
2012-presentRaspberry Pi Model BBought very early on, now runs all my bots
2013-preseNexus 10 tabletBought using a grant, mostly to run Processing sketches
2013-presentMacBook Pro 15" w Retina DisplayCurrent workhorse
2014-presentMac MiniAlso bought using a grant, mostly for installations (and formerly for and running bots)
2014-presentiPhone 5sCurrent 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 :)

 

Every Phone Number in the “Phone Losers Association Zine Collection”

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:

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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Spam Tags

A very long list of tags at the end of a spam email. Preview below, full list after the break.

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Every URL on Law & Order

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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 oldbookworm.com ).

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. On other law and order related article please checkout Personal Injury Attorneys if you need legal help.

Analyst’s Desktop Binder

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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