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(YouTube)   The year is 1988 and this is how people reacted to computer viruses (Video)   (youtube.com) divider line 64
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2013-09-05 04:38:05 PM  
The students were safe. Their computers weren't.

The students were safe. Their computers weren't.

The students were safe. Their computers weren't.

THE STUDENTS WERE SAFE. THEIR COMPUTERS WEREN'T.

THE STUDENTS WERE SAFE. THEIR COMPUTERS WEREN'T.
 
2013-09-05 04:50:35 PM  
I think the video itself had that virus
 
2013-09-05 04:58:29 PM  
*Sigh*...I wish I could go back to 1988. I could spend hours playing AutoDuel, Ultima and Orge. Origin Systems made the games that made my high school days bearable.
 
2013-09-05 05:00:12 PM  
What was with the E.T. clip?
 
2013-09-05 05:09:47 PM  

PacManDreaming: *Sigh*...I wish I could go back to 1988. I could spend hours playing AutoDuel, Ultima and Orge. Origin Systems made the games that made my high school days bearable.


I was in second year university, but I lost hundreds of hours to Autoduel and Ultima.


BTW- WTF was up with the video of someone playing ET on the 2600?  They must have been really hard up for B roll.
 
2013-09-05 05:16:41 PM  
Must have been a pretty serious virus if it even affected that Amish guy.
 
2013-09-05 05:34:09 PM  
Amish Virus Hunter!
 
2013-09-05 05:40:26 PM  
Was this the Morris Worm? The one that turned out to originate at MIT?
 
2013-09-05 05:43:04 PM  

RodneyToady: What was with the E.T. clip?


Seriously, wth?  Let's show a clip of the biggest videogame failure in history up to this point, even though it is only very loosely related to the topic.
 
2013-09-05 05:59:24 PM  
I didn't get it at all, but then I saw E.T. fall into a pit, and it all made perfect sense.

I miss those days.
 
2013-09-05 05:59:43 PM  

timujin: Was this the Morris Worm? The one that turned out to originate at MIT?


No, that was caused by Morris dancers.
 
2013-09-05 06:01:26 PM  

Eddie Adams from Torrance: Must have been a pretty serious virus if it even affected that Amish guy.


it probably wiped out his term project in Advanced Barn Raising Modelling 3.061
 
2013-09-05 06:02:11 PM  
Do you know anything about hackers?  Can you jam with the console cowboys in cyberspace?  Never experienced the New Wave?  Next Wave?  Dream Wave?  Or Cyberpunk?
 
2013-09-05 06:02:56 PM  

timujin: Was this the Morris Worm? The one that turned out to originate at MIT?


The date is about the right for the Morris worm.  I came here to ask the same thing.
 
2013-09-05 06:10:20 PM  
Mark Eichin's

Early work on GNU C++ compiler, he worked at HP for a while...

He looks so young! A quick search and BOOM he's not hard to find on the Internet. Nice guy.
 
2013-09-05 06:12:12 PM  

PacManDreaming: *Sigh*...I wish I could go back to 1988. I could spend hours playing AutoDuel, Ultima and Orge. Origin Systems made the games that made my high school days bearable.


Mechwarrior

Then Mechwarrior 2
 
2013-09-05 06:13:17 PM  
GNU is a free software thingy, unix based The goal of making a completely free software operating system was achieved in 1992 when the third-party Linux kernel was released as free software, under version 2 of the GNU General Public License


It's why we have Linux today!!

Wow. It's like seeing Linus Torvald 20 years ago.
 
2013-09-05 06:15:37 PM  

FunkOut: timujin: Was this the Morris Worm? The one that turned out to originate at MIT?

No, that was caused by Morris dancers.


Disapproves

upload.wikimedia.org
 
2013-09-05 06:16:30 PM  

jbezorg: PacManDreaming: *Sigh*...I wish I could go back to 1988. I could spend hours playing AutoDuel, Ultima and Orge. Origin Systems made the games that made my high school days bearable.

Mechwarrior

Then Mechwarrior 2


The Bard's Tale

/curse you Mangar!
 
2013-09-05 06:19:10 PM  

timujin: Was this the Morris Worm? The one that turned out to originate at MIT?


Yes. It was the Morris Worm on 1988!

The Morris worm or Internet worm of November 2, 1988 was one of the first computer worms distributed via the Internet. It is considered the first worm and was certainly the first to gain significant mainstream media attention. It also resulted in the first conviction in the US under the 1986 Computer Fraud and Abuse Act.

I know cuz Mark Eichin is mentioned in the wiki.

It's all starting to come together.

Why there is GNU. Linux.

My head is exploding. ......

Wonder if he knew Linus, Linus never went to MIT, he went a Helsinki. Tho. It says so in the hacker ethics book

And.... I'll stop geeking out now.
 
2013-09-05 06:34:26 PM  

PacManDreaming: *Sigh*...I wish I could go back to 1988. I could spend hours playing AutoDuel, Ultima and Orge. Origin Systems made the games that made my high school days bearable.


NetTrek
 
2013-09-05 06:58:23 PM  

Klippoklondike: RodneyToady: What was with the E.T. clip?

Seriously, wth?  Let's show a clip of the biggest videogame failure in history up to this point, even though it is only very loosely related to the topic.


That was a videogame and not a virus?

/yeah, yeah...
 
2013-09-05 06:59:25 PM  
A negro lady anchor!?
 
2013-09-05 07:11:29 PM  
1:53

Ha ha ha ha ha!
 
2013-09-05 07:12:11 PM  
I remember the first time I encountered virus histeria in action.

It was for this little bugger:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michelangelo_%28computer_virus%29

The neighbor had a dos PC, first in the neighborhood to own one themselves, and yeah, no one knew much about how to properly use one.  We used to go over to their house as kids though to play stuff on it.

Anyways word of the virus hits the news, and they forbid us from using it for the next few weeks, despite being no where near the activation date, and actually forbid us from plugging it in.  They sincerely thought that it could be infected via the powerlines or something.  It was literally months before they allowed anyone to plug it in and actually use the thing again.
 
2013-09-05 07:35:14 PM  
I did not know that the Amish were still at MIT in 1988. I thought they had left for the West Coast to work for Bill Gates, hewing Microsoft Windows 286 out of lodgepole pine wood.
 
2013-09-05 07:54:31 PM  
Something wonderful has happened
Your AMIGA is alive !!!
and, even better...
Some of your disks are infected
by a VIRUS !!!
Another masterpiece of
The Mega-Mighty SCA !!
 
2013-09-05 08:03:19 PM  
Things I can remember from my youth:

punchcards
mainframes
intelligent terminals
dumb terminals
the first computer game
text games
ASCII art
8 bit art
Retina
Fortran
Basic
Cobol being the next big thing
Cobol coming back to save us all in the Year 2000
Commodore 64
Microsoft 286
286 compuers
386 computers
486 computers
Pentium computers
wire-frame flight simulators
Mitel wordprocessing
ARCHIE
Veronica
Gopher
Netscape
floppy discs
dial-up
software on cassette tapes
TELEX
tape drives
viruses that made tape drives walk across the room and crush you to death
when Starbuck was a male
that white dot in the middle of a TV screen when you turned it off
TV screens with start up times over a second
B&W portables
when Eight Track tapes became ridiculous
when records became ridiculous
when cassette players became ridiculous
when CDs became ridiculous
when MP3 musc became ridiculous
when records came back
when cassette tapes came back
when CDs came back
when TVs came in wooden cabinets
when TVs were hidden in wooden cabinets
when TVs were replaced by climate-controlled wooden cabinets holding wine or cigar collections
black Bakelite telephones
white Princess telephones
kitchy fake telephones
telephones disguised as other objects
no telephones
dialing up telephone numbers
dialing up TV channels
dialing up the web
the first Personal organizers
the last Personal organizers a few years later
the first netbooks
the end of netbooks
when Apple meant Beatles
when Apple meant everything in one white cube
when the white Cube no longer came with a screen
when Bill Gates was a pimply-faced geek
when Bill Gates got married to Melinda
when Bill Gates became a philanthropist
when the letter K meant something
when Bill Gates thought that nobody needed more than 64K
when Bill Gates though that nobody needed the web
my first PC computer: 2 Gig
my first iPod: 4 Gig
my first Kindle, my second Kindle and my third Kindle about 4 Gig each
my first iMac: 1,000 Gig
HiFi
WiFi
the shiatty sound of old vinyl records
rewinding cassette tapes with a pencil
the shiatty sound of lo-res MP3s

And so it goes and so it goes, faster and faster and faster towards the time when computers are as powerful as the Matrix and don't work anymore so we have to pound on them with rocks to make splinters to use as knives
 
2013-09-05 08:04:10 PM  

PacManDreaming: *Sigh*...I wish I could go back to 1988. I could spend hours playing AutoDuel, Ultima and Orge. Origin Systems made the games that made my high school days bearable.


Ultima 4 is free on GOG.
 
2013-09-05 08:56:18 PM  
farm4.staticflickr.com

/Hai Guize!!  What's going on in THIS thread?!
 
2013-09-05 09:02:22 PM  
Say happy birthday, Joshi
 
2013-09-05 09:07:34 PM  
 
2013-09-05 09:13:48 PM  
Just glad my bulletin board were we traded ascii porn never went down back in the day.
 
2013-09-05 09:16:57 PM  

brantgoose: Things I can remember from my youth:


I was hatched in '72.  I remember all of that too, and surprised myself how much I did know for having been a liberal arts major.

Thanks for the ride!
 
2013-09-05 09:23:36 PM  

Calmamity: The students were safe. Their computers weren't.

The students were safe. Their computers weren't.

The students were safe. Their computers weren't.

THE STUDENTS WERE SAFE. THEIR COMPUTERS WEREN'T.

THE STUDENTS WERE SAFE. THEIR COMPUTERS WEREN'T.


Look at this! And look at this! And look at this.
 
2013-09-05 09:24:41 PM  
Apparently back in 1988, the Amish were more accepting of computers.
 
2013-09-05 09:37:42 PM  

brantgoose: Things I can remember from my youth:

punchcards
mainframes
intelligent terminals
dumb terminals
the first computer game
text games
ASCII art
8 bit art
Retina
Fortran
Basic
Cobol being the next big thing
Cobol coming back to save us all in the Year 2000
Commodore 64
Microsoft 286
286 compuers
386 computers
486 computers
Pentium computers
wire-frame flight simulators
Mitel wordprocessing
ARCHIE
Veronica
Gopher
Netscape
floppy discs
dial-up
software on cassette tapes
TELEX
tape drives
viruses that made tape drives walk across the room and crush you to death
when Starbuck was a male
that white dot in the middle of a TV screen when you turned it off
TV screens with start up times over a second
B&W portables
when Eight Track tapes became ridiculous
when records became ridiculous
when cassette players became ridiculous
when CDs became ridiculous
when MP3 musc became ridiculous
when records came back
when cassette tapes came back
when CDs came back
when TVs came in wooden cabinets
when TVs were hidden in wooden cabinets
when TVs were replaced by climate-controlled wooden cabinets holding wine or cigar collections
black Bakelite telephones
white Princess telephones
kitchy fake telephones
telephones disguised as other objects
no telephones
dialing up telephone numbers
dialing up TV channels
dialing up the web
the first Personal organizers
the last Personal organizers a few years later
the first netbooks
the end of netbooks
when Apple meant Beatles
when Apple meant everything in one white cube
when the white Cube no longer came with a screen
when Bill Gates was a pimply-faced geek
when Bill Gates got married to Melinda
when Bill Gates became a philanthropist
when the letter K meant something
when Bill Gates thought that nobody needed more than 64K
when Bill Gates though that nobody needed the web
my first PC computer: 2 Gig
my first iPod: 4 Gig
my first Kindle, my second Kindle and my third Kindle about 4 Gig each
my first iMac: 1,000 Gig
HiFi
WiFi
the shiatty sound of old vi ...


Punching a hole in a floppy disk sleeve to use the reverse side
6502 assembly language on an Apple II, and later on a Commodore 64
68000 assembly language on an Amiga 2000
 
2013-09-05 10:07:32 PM  
25.media.tumblr.com
 
2013-09-05 10:23:56 PM  
Mark Eichin
Principal Engineer at Nokia


I thought he looked at little Gates'ey
 
2013-09-05 10:39:05 PM  
Punching a hole in a floppy disk sleeve to use the reverse side

Wow, I remember doing this and this just clicked as to why we did it.

/old
//might be able to find a cassette somewhere, but floppies all long gone.
 
2013-09-05 10:40:57 PM  

The All-Powerful Atheismo: jbezorg: PacManDreaming: *Sigh*...I wish I could go back to 1988. I could spend hours playing AutoDuel, Ultima and Orge. Origin Systems made the games that made my high school days bearable.

Mechwarrior

Then Mechwarrior 2

The Bard's Tale

/curse you Mangar!




Herb is really busy, buthe'll hang out with your party for a while if you need him.

Farming horns by slaying 396 berzerkers, FTW.
 
2013-09-05 10:43:01 PM  

RedPhoenix122: PacManDreaming: *Sigh*...I wish I could go back to 1988. I could spend hours playing AutoDuel, Ultima and Orge. Origin Systems made the games that made my high school days bearable.

Ultima 4 is free on GOG.


Blow horn.

Thou has lost an eight!
 
2013-09-05 10:45:18 PM  

Cuyose: //might be able to find a cassette somewhere, but floppies all long gone.


That's what she said.
 
2013-09-05 10:48:00 PM  
Who launched it, Zero Cool?
 
2013-09-05 11:01:03 PM  

The All-Powerful Atheismo: FunkOut: timujin: Was this the Morris Worm? The one that turned out to originate at MIT?

No, that was caused by Morris dancers.

Disapproves

[upload.wikimedia.org image 250x216]


"Morris dancing is  the most fatuous, tenth-rate entertainment ever devised by man. Forty effeminate blacksmiths waving bits of cloth they've just wiped their noses on. How it's still going on in this day and age I'll never know."
 
2013-09-05 11:11:47 PM  
The suspect?  A "dark genius".

Wanted for questioning:
31.media.tumblr.com
 
2013-09-05 11:21:29 PM  
I loved that video so much.  Thanks, subby
 
2013-09-05 11:28:49 PM  

StoPPeRmobile: Farming horns by slaying 396 berzerkers, FTW.


I loved the 396 berzerkers =D

/I also loved going into the shell on the Amiga, copying characters, pooling gold, and deleting the extra characters
 
2013-09-05 11:35:19 PM  
I feel so old...
 
2013-09-06 12:22:22 AM  
Ah, the good old days when most viruses spread by physically transporting floppy disks and tape drive, and when striking they did real damage to the computer like erase the hard disk.

Now it's just a bunch of worms and trojan horses that send out spam email.
 
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