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                            submit to you:

                    Mr. Pez's Rambling about Textfiles
                   which naturally leads to a discussion
                          about Leeching.

                                  by:
                                Mr. Pez
                                ~~~ ~~~

                                Written:
                             13 March 1987
                                10:55pm

  i.                                         opening rambling/background

  Well, here I am again. All the boards I feel like calling are busy,
and I
  felt this needed to be done.    I just realized that I now have
roughly 1400
  textfiles, which puts me as the person with the second-largest
collection of
  textfiles in our nation. The person with the most textfiles is one
Jason
  Scott, and he's responsible for at least half of my textfiles. He
runs a
  board called the Works!, whose number will be posted at the end of
this
  exercise in creative rambling. So sit back,      and enjoy this
file, if it
  turns out to be the kind of thing you dig.

  I'd like    to    point    out that this is what I listened to while writing
this
  textfile.
            "Duty Now For The Future"    Devo
             "Celebrate The Bullet"   The Selecter
          "Say Yes To Another Excess"    Yello
                        "Abraxas"   Santana


 ii.                            textfiles and related discussions

  I think the textfile is on the rise. While Anarchy inc. may have
disbanded,
  their legacy of fine and humorous files lives on, especially on
Jason
  Scott's board (whose number, as previously stated, will be at the
end of
  this file. So hold yer horses!), where there is an entire section
devoted
  to them. (Devoted...reminds me of last year in school, when I wrote
"I am
  devoted to darkness" on all the desks that I sat at. You'd be
surprised at
  how many people have a great aversion to Satanic stuff, especially
when the
  writing is accompanied by evil drawings. "Satan is my pal" was another
fave
  of mine. Someone wrote, "Well, God's mine!" after that, which gave me
many
  rich laffs. I was a sick freshmen. But I digress...) Now, who remains?
The
  Neon Knights aren't seen around too much anymore, either. But
without a
  doubt, the most well-known of all textfiles is the Phrack. Started by
Taran
  King, it's just grown incredibly. The next issue will be number 12.
I was
  very annoyed to get Phrack 11 quite soon after it came out, and was
all set
  to start u/ling it everywhere, when I noticed Thomas Covenant did the
same.
  So he stole any recognition I might get from u/ling the latest
Phrack.
  Another thing that proves my point about the textfile world. There's a
mad
  race, when something new comes out, to distribute it. Much like the
"new
  warez" of a couple of years ago. Only, it's looked upon in rather
poor
  taste to add your board number and stuff to the end of a Phrack, or an
LOD/H
  Technical Journal, like you could once do with games you
cracked or
  distributed. (Speaking of the LOD/H TJ - I was very early in getting
it, and
  began uploading it to places quickly. This one I beat both Thomas
Covenant
  and Jason Scott to, since it was only out in 'packed' format for
Apples.
  This thrills the hell out of you, I'm sure.) Anyway, the textfiles
world is
  pretty tough. I do think, however, that the quality of the work
coming out
  is improving. Take a look at "Sex Change" from Thomas Covenant of
Phido
  Phreaks - now THAT is some excellent work. Let's not forget Tristan
Farnon,
  either. Anything from him       can be expected to be of a very high
quality.
  The fact that he's the only member of his group, Starry Night
Productions,
  could serve    as evidence that even groups like my two (which I did
make up,
  although there is one other person in it), which are made up by the
only
  member can produce high quality stuff. I'm not sure this stuff I'm
coming
  out with is of any great quality. There are some who think I'm funny,
and
  others who find me to be like a pesky parasite, what with 50-line
paragraphs
  like     this one I'm currently writing. Personally, if you don't
like this
  file, I wish I could say I didn't care, but it really will bother
me a
  little if you, the reader, vote this a bomb. You'll notice that
while I
  write this, I use big words, and write like a textbook. That's just
the way
  I write, especially on essays, but sometimes on textfiles and
occasionally
  messages. Right now, it's 11:26, and I still haven't really said
anything
  of value. That's why I get such great grades in English, since
the
  requirements   for a 450 word essay can be met in just the opening
paragraph
  sometimes. I think I'll start another paragraph now, just to break
the
  monotony. (And if you don't think this is monotonous, bless you!)

  Three groups to watch are Phido Phreaks, OctoThorpe Productions, and
this
  one (if I may be so immodest). They're all new (well, Octothorpe
just
  started doing stuff), and have some good writers in them. Phido
Phreaks has
  Thomas Covenant as well as the Silver Ghost, who has to be mentioned
for the
  sheer volume of stuff he puts out. Pretty good stuff, too, unlike this
file
  which I'm starting to realize is getting more and more disjointed.
That's
  entropy, you know. The natural tendency for things to drift
towards
  randomness and chaos. An idea which I think will replace anarchy
in a
  matter of months. I was going to change my group(s) to Entropy
Associates
  (which was on a dump truck in this filmstrip I saw in Chemistry
supposed to
  illustrate the concept of entropy. That name really had an effect on
me.),
  but I thought it'd be pretty lame, since you might have already seen
RM/MM
  on that other file I wrote (which I won't name, since I'm not
Captain
  Goodnight). Although, when I write 10 files, if such an event happens,
and
  am met with some success, I might change the name to Entropy
Associates
  (e.a.) if I actually get some members besides my friend Zack.
OctoThorpe is
  the group started by Jason Scott (the Slipped Disk)    when he
started his
  board up. It sat there, in file directory 1, for at least 10 months,
until
  Jason's friend, The Mathematician, discovered modeming and textfiles
and
  writing textfiles. Some of his stuff is pretty good, too. And
Jason's
  stuff, with the backing of having read all 1500 textfiles of his, is
good,
  too.     Then The Cruiser started writing for Jason's group, and it
began to
  get some members. The Cruiser has written some fairly good stories,
but
  also     some unabashed edits of existing files. On The Works!
(home of
  Octothorpe, Jason's board. But you know that by now, right,
genius?), my
  file (um, what was that called?) was distibuted under the Octothorpe
banner
  as "Uncut, Unedited, and Unwanted". Which afforded me a couple of
laffs.
  Lastly, my group, of which it's too soon to tell. See if this file
helps
  you.

  Shit, my word processor just asked me if I wanted to save the file.
And
  upon doing so, it wrote 8,400 bytes. Which is a fucking lot. My last
file
  was 15,000 bytes, though...let's see how long this one turns out to
be.
  Actually, I should probably be doing my social studies, which is a
report on
  Aztec History, which I could frankly give a flying fuck about.       But
it's
  only 11:50, the night is still young...

  The thing I hate are "anarchy" textfiles that are formulas for how to
make
  drugs and stuff. I really could not care less about how to make DMT
from
  banana peels or whatever. I also don't like countless typed-in
portions of
  the book "The Poor Man's James Bond" by Kurt Saxon. The anarchy files
that
  I like are the kind that make me laugh. The ever-present (at least in
this
  discussion) Anarchy inc. wrote good stuff like that. And I was
laughing my
  ass off (if such a thing is, in fact, possible)        at the file
"Random
  Senseless Violence" by Count Nibble (his board, Terrapin Station,
will be
  included at the end of this file), which was great.    I also like his
file
  "Spray Paint" (or whatever...I can't remember the exact title, ok?),
which
  had me a'chucklin'. I also like 'l00zer' files to a point, but then
they
  start repeating themselves, as the Silver Ghost succinctly satirized
in his
  file "Parodies". It's 12:05, and I'm getting kind of tired, so I'll
get
  some      sleep and start a fresh new part tomorrow. Part III.
Look for it.
  But not too hard. (Note about parts: I have not written three files
called
  "Ramblings", I've just separated this file into several parts just
to be
  interesting.)

  iii.                 9:57 am on the 14th and time to talk about text
graphics

  I think they're making a comeback, personally. I dig them. Take a
look at
  the cover of this file. (Unless you're V)iewing it on some AE, in
which the
  text graphics won't look very nice. (Due to the fact that the pseudo-
Xmodem
  adds     linefeeds, so the whole file is double-spaced.) But let me
assure you
  that they look pretty cool, especially the "Red Menace" one.) I like
that
  sort of stuff. In fact, I basically like text graphics. For instance:
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  Well, that was damn fulfilling. I'm sure it looks really spiffy on
the ol'
  AE, too. Um, anyway, maybe text PICTURES aren't that great. But I
really
  like those graphics I put in the beginning of my textfiles. For
some
  reason. Anyway, it's now 10:45 exactly, and I still haven't said
anything
  of merit. So, what should I talk about? Perhaps another section
       is in
  order? Yeah, that'll work. One on leeching, which is how I got
all my
  textfiles.

  iv.                                        mr. pez and leeching

  Leeching. It still exists, trust me. It will always exist. There are
just
  some boards which are destined to be leeched from. The Works! is
one. I
  have     sysop access there, so I get to read the callers log. I
see: BRUCE
  GOLDMAN downloads about 50 files or so, until his time (99 minutes a
day) is
  up. I look at bulletin 5. He's downloaded 532 files, uploaded 8.
Which is
  damn bad. But then again, I downloaded 350 from the Works!.
But my
  difference is that I contributed with messages, so I wasn't just
clogging
  the board, leeching. (I was contributing to the message base and
leeching.)
  Similarly, AE's will ALWAYS be leeched from. I mean, if you don't
have to
  give a name,   why upload? Or, if sysops can't see what you're
doing, who
  knows what you download? (They do know what you upload.) On AE's,
since I
  can't get programs since I have a veryfine IBM, I V)iew a lot of
stuff.
  That, in itself, is sort of leeching. It assures me of a supply of AT
LEAST
  three new textfiles a day. I have to edit them, but that's no
problem. A
  scary new kind of AE is something called "TransPhor", which is in
itself, an
  AE. I mean,    the guy who wrote it, Brew Associates, wrote his
own AE
  program. Anyway, this thing takes note of what you download, upload,
and
  (get this) V)iew. Is that a riot or what? That's how I get
my AE
  textfiles, through V)iewing!    Oh well.

  Of course, when you leech, you have to think about disk space. I
don't,
  though. Well, I'm starting to, since my hard disk slowly grows
smaller...
  less and less space free every day. (Since I get a couple new files a
day.)
  You know, on a PD board I'm on, I just got my access lowered
because my
  ratio fell below 5 downloads to one upload.       And the damn sysop
has a 20 to
  1 ratio on The Works!, which is kind of funny. I pointed this out to
him.
  Haven't seen his reply yet. I posted it at 12:30 (pm - yes, I am
starting
  this at night again because all the boards are busy.), and it's only
1:00
  (exactly) now. (The 12:30        was an approximation, it is now
exactly 1:00.
  Wow,      this must really pump yer 'nads.) Still, what's the limit
for sysops?
  I mean, you have to be somewhat tolerant of leeching (see, look what
I've
  grown to be by leeching!), but what's the limit? Jason Scott is
awful
  lenient about his board, but the sysop of that PD board was too tough
about
  it. There's at least three boards better than his in the area.
(spiteful,
  vindictive..    isn't it fascinating, the leeching mentality?) Anyway,
I just
  cleaned up my hard drive some. I have the things that must stay on
the
  drive, which take up about 5 megs. That includes Procomm (my
communications
  program), DOS, the Norton        Utilities, the ARC programs       and
other file
  utilities in \DOWNLOAD, my father's stuff like Lotus 1-2-3 and the
programs
   he's working on (he paid for the drive, I have to put up with his
stuff.
   Only takes about a meg, anyway.). But I have the       ARCs of all
Jason's
   textfiles on the drive, which take up about 5 megs (which I haven't
put on
   disk for a very simple reason - I don't have any disks.), and I have a
few
   games on disk, too. Also, I have two BBS systems online, ARCed in
suspended
   animation, until I get around to testing them. [Editor's note - This
has
   gone on long enough. What ARC is is a utility that will allow you to
take a
   bunch of files and put it into one. It also compresses files, and
textfiles
   crunch to about 50% of what they were - another reason why textfiles
are so
   great!] I have a code hacker program (Brew Associate's CodeThief
v2.2) in
   \DOWNLOAD\UPLOAD [ed's note - \ is a path.] and three word processors,
one
   in its own directory. Well, now that I've given you my whole fucking
hard
   drive map, I might as well start talking more about leeching.
My
   communications program, Procomm, has a command file language
which'll let
   you program it to do stuff like log on to BBS's, and download stuff
(which
   is the relevance of this line of thought). That's why I can have
passwords
   like "f#duq!53" and not have to write them down. Also, I have a
different
   password for nearly every BBS I'm on. Pretty safe, eh? The other
great
   thing about command files is their effects on leeching (and uploading,
when
   it is advisable). I don't want to bother doing it on AE's (where I'd
have
   to open a log for everything, and then WAITFOR "(>" to close the
log.
   (WAITFOR is a command which does almost exactly what you think.) But
PCBoard
   software, which is what The Works! runs on, is very easy to leech
from.
   Just WAITFOR the line "Main Board Command?" and send "d;" plus the file
you
   wish     to download, then waitfor whatever it prints when it's ready
to send,
   and download it. (Shit. Just had to save this file again. It's
17k
   already.) And then onto the next line. Of course, I haven't figured
out how
  to allow for errors, like the file isn't there, or line noise
obliterates
  the words, so Procomm doesn't recieve them as they should. But I
have
  trouble programming in BASIC, even. Boo. Anyway,        I've leeched
about 100
  files from The Works! that       way. But my leeching from The
Works! is
  irrelevent now, since Jason came over to my house when I had my
going-away
  party (which wasn't too radical, as can be imagined, because Andrew
Swartz
  was acting really hyper because there were X-rated movies and he had
never
  seen one. I was listening to The DataMaster talking     about
phreaking, and
  didn't spend too much time watching "Looking Good" or "A Cry For
Cindy".
  Andrew bothered me about it,     but I'll just bet he took the words
of the
  Michael Jackson song and "Beat It" after seeing the movies. I'll just
bet.)
  in hopes of trading his textfiles for my guitar (bet you had to look
back to
  the beginning of the parentheses!) along with some dough. My guitar
is a
  "Harmony" and worth about $50. Jason wanted to give it to a girl
named
  Donna who he feels something hormonal for. (If I may be so bold.)
He was
  copying the files onto my hard drive while trying to cajole me into
      giving
  him my guitar. It was a          gift, so I never did. But I still
have the
  textfiles, and read a few every day. It's harder than you think.
DOS's
  default white-on-black starts jittering around (on the CGA) and your
eyes
  start doing the funky chicken. (Who knows where I got that phrase.)
But
  they're mostly pretty good. There's a 44k file of taped
conversations
  between this guy and important people he met at TAP meetings. Sounds
like
  something I would do. I occasionally tape my conversations, if they
sound
  like they're going to be interesting. (Now it's 1:33, and my word
processor
  just      saved the file...it was 19k. Bloated. Plus, you must be
going crazy
  from staring at this huge paragraph.) But I never type them in.
Another
  file      is a 220k file about D&D. w0w. Another is a 70k file of a
Howard the
  Duck comic book script. Which doesn't really interest me. But
could
  interest someone. Anyway, I have more than enough textfiles to set
up a
  board, but I don't think I have the disk space, if I still want to
use
  programs on my hard disk. I was going to set it up at my own line
(yes, I
  have my own line, and pay the bills, which are not that much.), but
never
  got around to it. Too late now, eh? (I'm moving to Michigan in
about 5
  days.) I can still leech there, I'm sure. Should be even better, since
that
  house is really cool. Maybe the other line (my family's line) will be
even
  closer, so I can talk to people while calling boards. The other
(family)
  line was in the other room, but my father disconnected it, because I
made a
  few calls on it, when I         "have [my] own line and should use
THAT, fer
  crissakes!" or something to that effect. Now, I can only make
calls by
  going into the kitchen or upstairs, which is not good for short files.
But
  long files, like Phracks, or the LOD/H Technical Journal, can be
uploaded
  while carrying on a fairly lengthy conversation.

  v.                                    is it the end?   at last?

  The preceding paragraph is 87 lines long - more than a printed page.
This
  leads me to end this file, and soon. Well,      if you're not asleep,
tell me
  what you think about it. I mean, don't you have to wonder about
someone who
  can ramble on for 8 fucking pages? (That's how long this file is.)
Well,
  these boards below earn the official "PEZ" stamp o' approval. W0W,
fer
  sure.

 ____N_a_m_e______ ___N_u_m_b_e_r__ __Software__ ___S_y_s_o_p_____
_Baudrate_
   The Works!      ! [914]-238-8195 ! PCBoard      ! Jason Scott      !
300/1200 !
 The Darque Side ! [408]-245-SPAM ! WaffleNET      !   DS^3 Club
!3/12/2400 !
  Thieve's World ! [616]-344-2718 !    FIDO     ! Thomas Covenant !
300/1200 !
 Terrapin Station ! [505]-865-0883 !   AE:TAC ! Count Nibble    !
300/1200 !
   The Brewery     ! [314]-394-8259 ! WWIV/Forum !   Beer Wolf   !
300/1200 !
 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ ~~~~~~~~~~~~ ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
~~~~~~~~~~
  vi.                                                 info
       author: mr. pez
       date: 13 march '87 10:55pm to 15 march '87 2:09am
       size: 22,227 bytes
        for: red menace, mephisto madware, octothorpe, phido phreaks
       system: IBM PC, PC-Write WP software            (perhaps)
      music: see beginning (what a stupid category)

                                  -signifying official PEZ file
                                 "look for more, but not too hard."

								
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