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Month: May 1997

PR Hacks

From May 30, 1997 (http://web.archive.org/web/19970618002257/www.commadot.com/beta/html/archive.htm)  The lost-world column stirred some emotions. So in all fairness, I will re-visit the idea of PR hacks. Early in my internet career I knew some hackers. They broke into remote systems for fun or for agenda. Some of these hackers were immature and sexually deprived. Other hackers were politically saavy and left their social agenda on the table. There were also of course the segment that broke into systems for the challenge of defeating a security wall. The last deviant group, and a small minority, were the deviants; looking to wipe out data, leave…

The Lost Sense of Journalism

From May 29, 1997 (http://web.archive.org/web/19970618002257/www.commadot.com/beta/html/archive.htm) The lost-world was “hacked” yesterday. (May 28, 1997) Someone replaced the opening image on the lost-world website yesterday. The new image transformed the scary dinosaur skeleton into a rubber duck. The caption: The duck-world. Beneath the caption was a very small tagline stating, hackers. Every detail of this replacement was perfect. The graphics were professionally designed. The imagemap was well designed and the rest of the site was untouched and worked perfectly. The fact is, this was a publicity stunt and it’s pathetic. The makers of lost-world.com thought it would be a great trick to…

Active Server Pages

Definition: A component of the Internet Information Server (IIS) 3.0 from Microsoft, which parses scripting languages on the server. The structure of the technology lets you create HTML pages which include scripts (right in the HTML which can talk freely to a database and other OLE resources easily and quickly.) This technology is a milestone for web development. Scripting languages, although scoffed at by “serious” programmers for their simplicity, are actually a blessing for lowend developers who haven’t mastered C or Perl yet still want to develop powerful database driven Web sites. Scripting languages like VBScript, JavaScript, REXX, Python and…