Well it ain't like it used to be, but still room for improvement. and I thinkt he ratio is like 1200 murders a year in Detroit, Winsor with 1/4 population at zero.
Yezz, sparc stations, proprietory hardware with a proprietory OS. It's unix. The real thing. You set it up and it works and works and works, well now you know why I gave the whole kit and kaboodle away to the folks who make sure poor people have access to computers. It was freaking boring. Down in the corner of my room is a server box that once dealt part of Buy&Sell, probably mail or somesuch. I took it apart, it's a sixty pound steel box and over the course of two winters I took it from a single P133/12M of RAM/9G configuration into a dual CPU then Quad CPU with 512M of RAM and 54G of hot swappable scsi drives for under $240. The end configuration would have sold for $38,500 back in 95. What was the point? A vague plan to create a net honeypot that looked, smelled and tasted like a walled up and forgotten server. Honeypots are traps for hackers. I would have salted the sucker with all sorts of encrypted files with esoteric names like WinNTr3.src, PSC3.src and BKDR.src - very big files. My experiences with E-Bay buying drives resulted in one box lot containing 10 nine gigabyters for the usual $9.99 pricetag I had limited my bidding to. The shipping was a bitch, like the cheap books that cost $2.85 and then incur $10.00 S&H, I had resolved not to buy from that guy again. Imagine my surprise when that box landed at the door. Again, why is that important, well in my plan I knew that I wasn't up to the task of armoring my system against a real player. So, I figured if I had a duplicate system to install everytime I got hacked it would drive them nuts. Root - no root, root - no root. And their tricks would be mine. Bwuwahahaha. Ya, the thing sounds like a 747 taking off but it looked sorta cool with a 22" CRT sitting on top, now it supports my printer very quietly.
I also ran a hacker based bulletin board which was actually a game that made you jump through hoops and figure riddles out. I wrote fake gopher modules and even made a VMS setup for some kid who ate that OS up. Designed like a snakes and ladders board you could move up and down in access and each actual level was ten times as hard as the one before it. I made mistakes. I got rooted once. I pulled the plug. You could do that with an Amiga. But that's another story. I had a buddy supplement my software controls with a program that couldn't be broken out of and had a timer you could set to freeze someone in place. There was progressive discipline for making the same mistake over again, making the same class of mistake or missing the point entirely. If you lost your account to stupidity, the password became a very long phrase like 'iamsuchastupidasshole'. No trendy alias for you. My buddy used to hold weekly executions of stupid people on his board so I didn't feel cruel at all. Learn or die versus learn or start over. I could explain all the advantages I had over callers because of the script that pulled telephone numbers on the first ring but I don't know if the audience could understand why I would do that. Suffice to say, it was just plain fun to sit and watch the callers night after night chip away at the walls. When the guys were over we would sometimes rewrite menus and accesses on the fly as someone did something totally unexpected but so right. At the next keypress another menu screen would appear and his guesses would provide new material and menus to travel through.
That's what we did when the internet was still dialup. When fidonet imitated what usenet became. We hung out in our clubhouses and blew smoke up each other's asses.
Respect. You, my friend fport, should write a story about those days. I would read it.
Yeah Calgary is the Canadian city I know best, I got family there. Did a lot of mountain biking/hiking there in my youth. Whenever I get mad at America and want to run away to be a punk rocker that's the first place I think of.
@Renfield - I used to live on the harbour front in Toronto, and on walks I'd se the cast from Warehouse 13. They seem friendly on tv, not so friendly in real life.
I cannot believe I did it again, I was going to reply to the spate of notices confirming my existence and when I moved off the page to look up a profile to shape my comment I lost the post. /me kicks own ass, several times. I can do dual tabs in the browser if I want to wander off to reference things, I could just remember or I could switch browsers I suppose. Ah well, the quickest way to learn a new interface is to do, right, well I am learning fast. Not as fast as a smart person but as fast as I learn things that I don't already know. I think it is called micro-scripts in the neuro-cognitive arena. I am creating a litreactor interface script, it may take months.
@Jeffrey Grant Barr for being the first to talk at me in response to my sloppily constructed troll I offer an URL: http://www.hooktheory.com/ which I hope is of interest and that I hope you haven't yet seen.
You, my friend fport, should write a story about those days. I would read it
You, my friend fport, should write a story about those days. I would read it
Yes, that story is the one I am writing, however I am a couple thousand years removed from those humble beginnings at the other end of the story at the moment, it's a place that needs to be built to reframe a human utopia? The beginning is based on several hundred snippets, dribs, drabs and files as well as scenes mapped out of important hooks into the story. Even just describing it here clarifies the main thrust. Thank you for the encouragement.
Shout-out to Bekanator, Renfield and Mess_Jess for rallying and inclusion.
Nice words.. Courtney... Keep it up!
in scanning the many messages I wonder, are most of the writers in junior high or have they made it into high school.
I would like to be reading more substantive comments rather than lots of one liners. Otherwise this seems a lot like facebook.
Well, those high schoolers are out there getting publications. Luckily this website isn't the only resource out there if you'd prefer something else, like reading books or taking a class at the learning annex. The craft essays in the magazine section of the website might be more subtantive for you, if you're actually interested in anything other than being patronizing.
Damn, swirlopod is coming out of the gate strong!
Swirlopod, maybe you are looking at our war stories where we're not supposed to leave any comments that can identify us, and most people just leave a few words to acknowledge they read the stories. In the workshop, I doubt you'll see a lot of comments that are one liners.
I kind of think of this place as The Max, and Swirlopod reminds me of Jesse's stepbrother.
Fuled you Swirlopod. Mos ov us neva maide it past sixt graide. Bazingga!
I was trying to be rational here. Now guys, which one of you left toilet paper in my tree?
I like to think of this place like the Peach Pit, and Sean is Nat. I most likely remind all of you of Dylan McKay.
Swirlopod just reminds me of a twat. He'd fit right in around here.
@Liana - Is that what you kids are calling it these days?
I support this thread.
This is why we can't have nice things, guys.
Also, I graduated from high school early, but yes. I was published before I was in college, and yes, I attribute that success to this site.
The workshop is the bests place to be guys. I haven't been there enough lately. War, then taking a class plus regular work to earn a living has been slamming me lately. But when it comes right down to it, writing and getting in the workshops to review and get reviewed is what it's all about. I think this is the strength of this site. I can't find any places that do what litreactor does. Reviews by peers who are serious about writing is the best way to grow.
This thread is pretty much my introduction to the site.
I think I will like you people. You smell nice. Like Brownie used to.
Also, a million thanks to Courtney for such a wonderful introduction.
I just have a technical question involving the posting of submissions for review. I have a MacBook Air, which of course prefers the Pages format. When I open Word document submissions to be reviewed, my machine converts them to Pages. I edit the submissions and convert them to PDF formats and attach that to the review. When someone posts a submission as a PDF, I cut and paste it into a Pages format, critique it, then convert it back to a PDF and attach it to the review. This seems to work because I haven't heard back from anybody saying they had problems opening a PDF. I've submitted two stories, both in PDF format. A number of people — I'm guessing using Windows machines — have commented they can't do anything with it because it's in a PDF format and suggested I submit in doc. I guess I will attempt that next time. I'm wondering what other Mac users are doing.
To muddy the water further, my machine doesn't appear to recognize older versions of Windows, Windows 97 I think it was. But that only happened once.
Keith, sorry I'm only just now seeing this.
I use Windows, and I have no problem with .pdf. I think likely what they mean is that they don't think they can add commentary to the body of the file. They can, using sticky notes, but I think maybe a lot of people don't know that.
Keith, I'm on a Macbook. I threw down the money for Word, but there also are the open source alternatives, such as OpenOffice and NeoOffice you could look into. Pages allows you to import and export Word docs, but I believe comments get all wonky.
If you're not up for getting Word, I suggest trying one of the open source options. Pages is a nice program, and suitable for most people's needs, but the ride may be a bit bumpy in terms of compatibility.
I also have a macbook air and I use pages. I export my projects into word format to upload them. I've gotten LBLs back, and it's been fine, nobody's complained about formats or anything like that, so I assume everything is fine. Pages is 20 bucks and seems to have fit my needs perfectly.
Any word on the next WAR competition?
Funny you should ask!!
No, not really. Although I have thought maybe July or August the ball might get rolling again.
I'm ready to fight.
I have a question! It might be a dumb one...but I can't tell yet.
My workshop sub expires tomorrow. I have active work up there now, and I don't want it to vanish (will it?), but I can't find a button anywhere to renew my subscription. I'm sure there must be one, but I can't find it. Heh. Help?
Never mind, found the renewal page under the help menu at the bottom of the screen.
If your workshop subscription expires all your submissions and points and everything remain the same when you come back. Which is nice.
That's good to know, thank you, Renfield. It looks like I am going to have to let it lapse till the first of the month. Have to pay for boring things like shelter and hubby's tuition. But I'll be back.
well, you can still post in the forums, right? if not, i'll cover it for you until you can pay.
Aw, thanks Richard, but no worries! I can still post in all threads that aren't marked for members only, so most of them. So I'll still be hanging out in the forums. Just taking a short break from the workshop!
I know all about that. I am going to have to cancel my workshop subscription till probably December while I work on grad school. Maybe come back for a month during each break, and then join for a longer period of time after I graduate.
I've liked critiquing people's work, so I hate to have to leave it, but with two literary criticism classes on top of working for a major university during football and basketball season, I just won't have the time.
Excellent job on this. I just started looking around here yesterday and I know I'll keep coming back to your original post for suggestions and help. It's pretty much priceless. I can't wait to be a part of this great place.
Hi guys, thought I could stick this here. From LitHum via Writers Write.
It is a quite funny reminder that we sometimes exceed in rationalization when we criticize a work of (potential) art. This is what we mean when we say Take my comment with a grain of salt.
Not that the criticism shouldn't be taken seriously, just sometimes we might be trying a little too stiff.
Good post. It also shows that even the most revered writing can be critiqued. Nothing is above subjective viewing. For example, a lot of people like the poem "The Red Wheelbarrow," but I think it's among the most useless pieces ever written. The same goes for "This is Just to Say" and "In a Station Metro."
Hi My name is Thomas and I'm a newbe writer.
I'm using Mac OS X and trying to post a .jpg from my desktop into a discussion reply box. Can someone give me the dummies version of how to do this?
You gotta host the image elsewhere first, then use the Image button in the reply toolbar to link/embed its URL. I don't have a Photobucket or whatever the kidz are using these days, so I just use a private Facebook or G+ album to host images that I can embed elsewhere.
Gotcha, thanks GH
You don't have to host the picture anyplace else.
You can use the file attachment. Doing so will create a link. You can put that link into the image tool to post it.
Dwayne, that's what I was thinking but I didn't see the file attachment option like there is when you post a story in the workshop.