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  1. 1 point
    lemmee try this again...spent a half hour the other day typing out a post, and near the end the damned left ctrl key on my kb got stuck and the sentence which would have been my last became a string of commands that lost the text of my post into the binary void forevermore....to summarize: I was referred a job once by a female I know, and the initial work was pretty smooth and simple...I reloaded WinXP from the OEM restore CD on a Dell laptop which had apparently been purchased overseas - Korea, I believe...the middle-aged Armenian gentleman said that a relative of his purchased a number of them and shipped them to him here in the US, apparently he was able to save himself a few hundred bucks on the deal, whatever's clever, it's kind of irrelevant anwyayz. It was the second service call I did for him when he called me back a couple of weeks later that made it's mark on my memory. He asked me to come out to his home in a semi-rural area 10-20mins north of town to help him with a few minor problems - a printer which wouldn't print, a broadband connection that was working fine for the hardwired clients but nada for the wireless nodes, and some sort of a problem he was having installing some software on one of his laptops. He didn't flinch at the $$ I quoted him just to come and check things out, and I needed the money that week so whatever, yeah? Get to his place and he insists that we drink a beer or two first while we wait for his cousin to arrive with the laptop and software which were giving him issues, and since there are few things I enjoy more than being paid to drink free beer, no problem with me. While we sit out on his front lawn, I figured I would save myself some time by digging out the details that most users breeze over the first two or three times that they talk to you about a problem - I assume this is a universal experience -...is the printer in question connected to the machine that is trying to print directly, or across the LAN, have all physical connections been checked, were the drivers installed before installing the hardware, and so on...I manage to catch a few details that I figure will speed things along, and am ready to get at it by the time his cousin arrives. They exchange a few remarks in their native tongue while I finish my second corona, and we head into the house. I go for the printing problem first, as I'm pretty sure I know what needs to be done from our conversation out front, and a quick download of some drivers from the manufacturers website gets things moving along. I comment on what a top-end printer he's got - about a $6-8K (retail) wide carriage dye-sublimation - you could print a full size, full color, knock-your-socks off poster for your door with this bad boy, the 6 "crayons" that it uses for inks cost at least $300-$400 per color for each of the 6 colors (cyan, magenta, yellow, black, teal, fuscia/hot pink)...he grins, agreeing that it is probably overkill, but what the hell, he was deducting the entire cost anyway. No biggie. On to the broadband, about as simple as it gets - i pull the power to the wireless router, wait a few seconds, then plug it back in, reboot the clients, done. So moving on to the software problem....He pulls out a HUGE (like, 5000 discs) binder, and selects a number of hand labeled, burned CD's and passes them to me...Photoshop CS2 w/every imaginable add-in module...I raise an eyebrow (or maybe I started to drool) at the binder, and with a sheepish grin he passes it to me to peruse as the software installs. Front to back, this binder is full of every I mean EVERY commercial program you can think of, every one of them burnt onto cd-r...I make a comment about how intelligent he was to keep backup copies of all his original media, at which he guffaws and explains that he purchased all of the programs in singapore for $5 a disc, and that if I can get his problem squared away he will gladly offer me the same price for any title I can think of. The install goes off without a hitch, which doesn't surprise him, apparently the problem he was having was with loading a template that his cousin had given him to work from on a business contract....He duplicates the errors for me, and I explain to him that what is happening is that photoshop is complaining about a few missing fonts and some missing image files which a layer or two of the .psd files reference. It takes a minute, but after rewording my explanation a couple of times, he seems to understand, and is sure that his "no good, lazy son of a b**** cousin" just didn't properly copy all of the appropriate files over, and that he can handle it now that he knows what the problem is. I collect my fee, and go on about my life, and probably wouldn't really have thought of it again except that about 3 months later I see the house that I was at on the local news, with the gentleman who paid me being led out in handcuffs by federal agents. Apparently he and his "family" were creating documentation for some of the migrant workers in the area, supplying them with birth certs, ssn cards, and ID's instead of their regular wages........... What a trip! Seemed kind of fishy to me when I was there, but when I'm being paid good cash money for my time, I try not to over-think things. Glad I didn't get any more involved than I did though....
  2. -1 points
    lemmee try this again...spent a half hour the other day typing out a post, and near the end the damned left ctrl key on my kb got stuck and the sentence which would have been my last became a string of commands that lost the text of my post into the binary void forevermore....to summarize: I was referred a job once by a female I know, and the initial work was pretty smooth and simple...I reloaded WinXP from the OEM restore CD on a Dell laptop which had apparently been purchased overseas - Korea, I believe...the middle-aged Armenian gentleman said that a relative of his purchased a number of them and shipped them to him here in the US, apparently he was able to save himself a few hundred bucks on the deal, whatever's clever, it's kind of irrelevant anwyayz. It was the second service call I did for him when he called me back a couple of weeks later that made it's mark on my memory. He asked me to come out to his home in a semi-rural area 10-20mins north of town to help him with a few minor problems - a printer which wouldn't print, a broadband connection that was working fine for the hardwired clients but nada for the wireless nodes, and some sort of a problem he was having installing some software on one of his laptops. He didn't flinch at the $ I quoted him just to come and check things out, and I needed the money that week so whatever, yeah? Get to his place and he insists that we drink a beer or two first while we wait for his cousin to arrive with the laptop and software which were giving him issues, and since there are few things I enjoy more than being paid to drink free beer, no problem with me. While we sit out on his front lawn, I figured I would save myself some time by digging out the details that most users breeze over the first two or three times that they talk to you about a problem - I assume this is a universal experience -...is the printer in question connected to the machine that is trying to print directly, or across the LAN, have all physical connections been checked, were the drivers installed before installing the hardware, and so on...I manage to catch a few details that I figure will speed things along, and am ready to get at it by the time his cousin arrives. They exchange a few remarks in their native tongue while I finish my second corona, and we head into the house. I go for the printing problem first, as I'm pretty sure I know what needs to be done from our conversation out front, and a quick download of some drivers from the manufacturers website gets things moving along. I comment on what a top-end printer he's got - about a $6-8K (retail) wide carriage dye-sublimation - you could print a full size, full color, knock-your-socks off poster for your door with this bad boy, the 6 "crayons" that it uses for inks cost at least $300-$400 per color for each of the 6 colors (cyan, magenta, yellow, black, teal, fuscia/hot pink)...he grins, agreeing that it is probably overkill, but what the hell, he was deducting the entire cost anyway. No biggie. On to the broadband, about as simple as it gets - i pull the power to the wireless router, wait a few seconds, then plug it back in, reboot the clients, done. So moving on to the software problem....He pulls out a HUGE (like, 5000 discs) binder, and selects a number of hand labeled, burned CD's and passes them to me...Photoshop CS2 w/every imaginable add-in module...I raise an eyebrow (or maybe I started to drool) at the binder, and with a sheepish grin he passes it to me to peruse as the software installs. Front to back, this binder is full of every I mean EVERY commercial program you can think of, every one of them burnt onto cd-r...I make a comment about how intelligent he was to keep backup copies of all his original media, at which he guffaws and explains that he purchased all of the programs in singapore for $5 a disc, and that if I can get his problem squared away he will gladly offer me the same price for any title I can think of. The install goes off without a hitch, which doesn't surprise him, apparently the problem he was having was with loading a template that his cousin had given him to work from on a business contract....He duplicates the errors for me, and I explain to him that what is happening is that photoshop is complaining about a few missing fonts and some missing image files which a layer or two of the .psd files reference. It takes a minute, but after rewording my explanation a couple of times, he seems to understand, and is sure that his "no good, lazy son of a b**** cousin" just didn't properly copy all of the appropriate files over, and that he can handle it now that he knows what the problem is. I collect my fee, and go on about my life, and probably wouldn't really have thought of it again except that about 3 months later I see the house that I was at on the local news, with the gentleman who paid me being led out in handcuffs by federal agents. Apparently he and his "family" were creating documentation for some of the migrant workers in the area, supplying them with birth certs, ssn cards, and ID's instead of their regular wages........... What a trip! Seemed kind of fishy to me when I was there, but when I'm being paid good cash money for my time, I try not to over-think things. Glad I didn't get any more involved than I did though.... Ok........ I read that and expected to see somewhere that it was related to hackers or hacking, but it's not. It turned out they were simply using their computers to supply fake documents (I presume they used their computers for this, actually this story doesn't actually say how they did it) - this is not hacking nor does it make them hackers. Hackers/hacking wasn't even involved in this story. What a waste to read all that for nothing.
  3. -1 points
    i disagree.. i found it an enjoyable story worth sharing... i think that you are confusing hacking with cracking, or blackhat... hacking is using or modifying software or hardware for uses other than its intended use... hackers are the people who tinker with hardware/software... i do not claim to be a hacker or cracker... but your limited understanding of the term(s), which seems has been interpreted more from the media or movies makes you appear like a script kiddie... i am not calling you that, it is just what it makes you sound like by defining hackers, or hacking as black hat only... You have misunderstood me. First, I wasn't defining hackers as "black hat only" - where you got that from, who knows. Secondly, don't assume someone who is new to binrev must have limited information about hacking and therefore means "They probably have an image of hacking which was derived from movies or the media". Fact is, I was around hacking, hackers, phreakers, crackers long before the media ever heard the term and way before any movie came out, before the first computer crime law went on the books - that's how old I am.