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"Who are you?"
"I do not know."
And that's how you beat the guard in STTNG:A Final Unity. =)
Neat idea, to get a little sense of community going here.
I'm a 20yr old Windows-using wannabe hacker from California. I've spent more of my life playing video games than actually learning how computers work, though in the past couple years (since about '97) I've become interested in finding this stuff out, and I've been taking CS courses at the community college. I don't have a job(yet), my skills are a little bit of C, and rudimentary knowledge of Perl, HTML, and TCP/IP networking. Around mid last year, I got to thinking "I've been a newbie for a hell of a long time now.", and from that thought came the name Perpetual Newbie.
People consider me a "Windows expert" because I can use the command line and I know how to do such things as delete AIM. I learned how to use the Windows 95 interface by using someone else's Macintosh a couple times one summer, and I had a little dos experience, but my dos knowledge before '97 consited of little more than "cd games\doom" and pkunzip.
I've spent some time on bulletin boards, and was ignored whenever I would ask newbie questions like "How do you get those symbols that aren't on the keyboard?"(high ASCII). The sysops of most of my favourite boards went off to college or otherwise vanished about the same time I got onto the Internet. I think Zeus(?) still owes me a pizza for that LORD contest. =) I still dream about setting up my own bulletin board.
Shortly after getting on the Internet, I found a group of friends and settled down into their IRC channel, where I've pretty much stayed. My first ISP cut off Usenet access, so I'm in the habit of not realizing it exists.
I tried Linux a couple times. To anyone who hasn't seen my post about this, let's just say I couldn't quite get it working. I do very much like the Unix way of doing things, and I've installed the GNU tools on my Windows, so I tell everyone I'm running GNU/Win95. Despite the fact that I don't run Unix, I've been accused of being a zealot; Shortly after I first heard about Linux, I asked one of my dad's NT-using friends "I've heard some good things about this thing called Linux, what do you know about it?" and got back "Oh. You're one of those Unix nuts."(end of conversation).
People are astonished that I tend to pick up computer stuff quickly when the program has a bloody obvious user interface. There can be a big flashing red button filling half the screen saying "Click here to Foo", and I would click it, and the person sitting next to me would say "Whoa! How'd you get it to Foo?" So I'd show them. Part of it comes from not being afraid to try every option and see what it does. I shocked some guys in my Networking class when on the first day, we were seated in front of NT boxes and given the admistrator password. I had created and logged in as a new regular user account for myself within minutes, and I was plugged as an expert by the guys around me until I explained that it was the first time I'd ever used NT.
I try to keep up with what's hot in current technology, though I never seem to use any of it, I like to know what's out there. There's a list of about 8 techiewebsites I visit daily, and I have a stack of about thirty computer books taking up space in my room, most of which I've read but not been able to glean all the knowledge from.
Past history.. I got expelled from
junior high for getting into too many fights(on the recieving end of most) and for generally telling the assistant principal what I thought of the way she ran the place. My favourite suspension in junior high was when I was suspended for sitting in the office waiting for an appointment I had to see the counselor. You see, I had taken to hiding out in the office during lunch and before school, and the asst. principal told me that if I did it again I'd be suspended. So, we argued until the time for my appointment came, when I just walked past her over to the counselor who greeted me and was, to her surprise, actually expecting me! More fun in junior high: In 7th grade I got kicked out of math class, where I was doing well, for getting into a fight in arts and crafts class. Also, I flunked regular English horribly in 7th grade, so in 8th grade I was placed in Advanced English, despite the objections of my parents. After that, the high school didn't want to take me, and wouldn't let me attend for three years. Then after the one year they did let me attend(Yeah, I was a HS freshman at 17), they didn't want to let me go! They actually wanted me to stay the extra years and graduate normally instead of going off to college. All my friends had graduated, and I had passed the high school equivalency test a year before attending(It was surprisingly easy, I was the second person out the door), so I just said "I'm outta here". I still like to say I have a sixth grade education.
As for a social life, I don't have much of one and never have. School takes up most of my day, and my webbrowsing regimen takes up the rest minus an hour for dinner. On non-school days I spend all my time doing homework. When I have free time at school, I slack in the student lounge and play cards with the other slackers.
Music is something that I actually never listened to until mid '96. I was under the impression that it was just people whining about wanting to use drugs, rape women, and commit senseless acts of violence. Yes, I believed what I read in the newspapers, and the only music that I had was Weird Al and the Capitol Steps, and I was shirking at the offensive lyrics in their songs. I was also turned off by the fact that my sister would play her music so loud that I could walk to the park two blocks away and still hear it. Then I hit VH1 while flipping through the TV channels, actually listened to some normal music, and it was Good. I was first turned on by Dave Matthews Band, Tonic, Jewel, the Offspring, and Collective Soul. My IRC friends then got me into Metallica and Rammstien, and then I discovered mp3.com and am now a fan of Abney Park, Conquest, Madelyniris, the Blackwells, the Projectiles, and Koind. I describe my musical tastes as "Mainstream music, you know, Green Day, Don Henley, Guns 'n Roses, U2, that sort of thing" About the only music I don't listen to is rap and country.
Lessee, what more.. I've come up with a good oatmeal recipie. chopped apples(gold or fuji work best), chopped walnuts or pecans, cinnamon, vanilla flavouring, molasses, maple syrup(the real stuff, not the crap), and use half milk/half water where the instructions say to use water. All ingredients are optional, the apples, cinnamon, and vanilla seeming to be the most important(besides the oatmeal). When it comes out right, you don't even need to put brown sugar on it =9 When it comes out wrong, you put too much molasses in it =6
I found this site through a mention on slashdot a couple weeks back, and I am eternally grateful to whoever made the mention. I think I'll shut up now.
- Perpetual Newbie
On the Internet nobody knows you're a dog except for Doubleclick, Real, Microsoft, the NSA, the FBI, that kid next door, and your grandmother.