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From: b.griffin at (Brad Griffin)
Subject: Oldest Hack Sept. 1970 Just for Fun

Not an old hack, but a work colleague used to write simple games (fit on
a floppy) and would sell them to schoolfriends for lunch money. He
ensured repeat business with a time-bomb built into the game. After x
amount of time the game would die and his mates would have to buy
another one. At 50 cents a throw he did quite well. 

> -----Original Message-----
> From: Jos Osborne [] 
> Sent: Thursday, February 05, 2004 7:42 PM
> To:
> Subject: RE: [Full-Disclosure] Oldest Hack Sept. 1970 Just for Fun
> My oldest hack was in the '80s when I was at school. We had a 
> network of BBC Masters and Micros set up and a friend and I 
> managed to work out how to pull the really annoying music out 
> of a game he had, save it to the shared hard drive and 
> remotely order every machine to load up and play it...
> The resulting cacophony was my first lesson in serial access 
> issues - each machine had to wait to load the song from the 
> hard drive, then played it immediately.  Version 2, which 
> gave them a few seconds to all catch up was better. And it 
> included the ability to lock out the keyboard too.
> Of course, the number of pupils who knew enough to do that 
> sort of thing could be counted on the fingers of one hand, so 
> we didn't get away with it for long.
> Jos
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