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How did you become/how are you becoming a hacker?

Post by Jake-X on Sat Dec 18, 2010 8:27 pm
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I thought we all might benefit from hearing each other's stories of how we became or are becoming hackers. In my case, I only just started training; I've completed the first six basic missions, a few of the JavaScripts, and that's it. I've dabbled in HTML and am learning C#. But, all in all, I'm off to a rough start, as it's hard to know where to start. That's why I created this thread. So you could share your mistakes, successes, etc. I hope to learn as much as I can from your histories.
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Re: How did you become/how are you becoming a hacker?

Post by thetan on Sun Dec 19, 2010 3:36 am
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hmmm i around 13 and i was playing this lightly web based mmorpg written by this guy in php and there was this character that had all stats 99999. All i did was ask 'aye bro, how the fuck' and he was like 'This nigga cant code, just force the stats on registration in the html form'. So i got my google game on and a day later i was rolling characters with 99999 max stats

That was my first spark. I then soon after discovered the website bright-shadows.net and became addicted to cryptography, steganography, logic and yup hacking.

But it was never the breaking into things that interested me. It was the mastery that always drew me in. I don't give a fuck about breaking into systems. I do give a fuck about the logic in manipulating systems to do things that they weren't originally designed to do, thats music to my fucking ears and has been a major driving force throughout my life.
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Re: How did you become/how are you becoming a hacker?

Post by Jake-X on Sun Dec 19, 2010 12:46 pm
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What did you go about learning first? (Specifically.)
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Post by neuromanta on Sun Dec 19, 2010 1:09 pm
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Well, my first "serious" learning experience with computers was that when my father bougth a Commodore 64 when I was around 7-8 yr old. Being behind the iron curtain, he had to go to Vienna to be able to buy a computer, so he is a true hero in my eyes, he made it possible for me that I'm a software engineer now.
So my first serios learning experience was that when I found the user manual of GEOS, which is a GUI based operating system for C64. I played around with it, with it's applications, customizing them, based on what I learned from the user manual. Then on one summer, I also found a book about BASIC. That's the language in what one could operate in the command line interface on C64, and could also write simple programs. That's when I learned why the GOTO statement is considered harmful :D.
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Re: How did you become/how are you becoming a hacker?

Post by thetan on Sun Dec 19, 2010 2:04 pm
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neuromanta wrote:Well, my first "serious" learning experience with computers was that when my father bougth a Commodore 64 when I was around 7-8 yr old. Being behind the iron curtain, he had to go to Vienna to be able to buy a computer, so he is a true hero in my eyes, he made it possible for me that I'm a software engineer now.

uhhhh!!! thats fucking bad ass. Much respect to your dad. I also just generally respect people who started out on C64 and older systems, just because they were on their shit before i was and the game was harder to get into back then.
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Re: How did you become/how are you becoming a hacker?

Post by Jake-X on Mon Dec 20, 2010 12:43 am
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Wow, I feel stupid. I'm off to a slow start on Windows 7.
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Re: How did you become/how are you becoming a hacker?

Post by fashizzlepop on Mon Dec 20, 2010 12:49 am
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That's because Microsoft makes it easier for you to slack off.

Download and install Arch Linux. If you can manage to get it up and running KDE with everything working, you will learn so much more about what an OS really has to do.
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Re: How did you become/how are you becoming a hacker?

Post by Jake-X on Mon Dec 20, 2010 1:00 am
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1) Yeah, I kinda hate Windows for it, but at the same time I've grown to depend on the overly-user-friendly environment.

2) My machine is kinda buggy as it is. What would that do to it?
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Post by fashizzlepop on Mon Dec 20, 2010 1:55 am
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It would render it useless to you until you took the time to learn. That's what I did and boy did I learn a lot.
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Re: How did you become/how are you becoming a hacker?

Post by insomaniacal on Mon Dec 20, 2010 8:13 am
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Jake-X wrote:2) My machine is kinda buggy as it is. What would that do to it?


The great thing about Arch is that it's documentation tends to be good, like really good. Linux generally handles all hardware fairly well, the biggest problems you might face are your video card and your wireless adapter. There is generally good support for both; you can even use Windows drivers in a pinch for the wireless cards.

Most video cards are supported to the point where you'll get a display, though it may be slow, but it's a starting point until you manage to fix it up.

Arch Linux Beginners guide - Takes you step by step through installing it.

Arch's Hardware compatibility list Self explanatory. I have no experience with this list, or it's quality. However, I'm sure the quality is good at worst and excellent at best, if it follows in stead of the rest of the documentation.
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