Author: Patrick K. Kroupa

The Secret Service is Neither

Hacker Crackdown (Book Review) by Patrick K. Kroupa The secret history of Cyberspace has been written, re-invented, deleted, lost, and retrieved countless times. Events that never even happened are now universal reference points. Jokes and pranks have become campaigns waged with military precision by groups of twisted geniuses. And a bunch of dudes who were, well, sorta bored and just hangin’ out. …have become, like, the icons of Cyberspace. Into this chaos strides Bruce Sterling, leather jacketed, toting a heavy-duty bullshit-detector, asking the eternal question, “Well… do ya think it’s accurate?”   Bruce asked this question of a helluva...

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Memoirs of a Cybernaut

Memoirs of a Cybernaut In the 1980s, most online explorers were so caught up in the romance and novelty of cyberspace that they showed little interest in analyzing their motives or the nature of the medium they were helping to create. Patrick Kroupa was an exception. Driven by a sense of wonder and a helping of hubris, he wrote many commentaries on the electronic continuum. The text below is a greatly abridged version of a long piece chronicling the decline of idealism online – which ultimately led Kroupa to start MindVox with his partner Bruce Fancher, in an effort...

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Agr1pPa

AGR1PPA 2.01 – NEW & IMPROVED (Fixes Bugs from Version 2.00) (A Book of The Mentally Disturbed — Even FUNNIER than the original!) Text by US@phantom.com Etching by THOSE_PEOPLE@phantom.com (C)1992 THE POWER COMPUTER (In My Mind Since 1979) syberspa(e All Bytes Preserved )=->  <=+=> <=+=> <=+=> <=+=> <=+=> <=++=> <=+=> <=+=> <=+=> <=+=> <=+=>  <-=( <=+=>                                                                    <=+=> <=+=>  In the past, there have  been very  few...

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Customer Service

I Will Not Be Digested by Elves! From: Jonathan Magid (magidj@cellbio.duke.edu) Subject: the best posting i have ever seen Newsgroups: talk.bizarre Date: 1992-06-23 18:15:38 PST this is the best posting i have ever read in n number of years on the net. more entertaining than richh, more wicked than the bofh, a greater comic genius than carasso himself! note the clever grammar and spelling flame baits. the hot button cracker insinuations! this is obviously the work of a master baiter! (well lets not go into his personal habits…) (or perhaps its just the best case *against* public usenet access…)...

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Voices in My Head

MindVox: The Overture Copyright © 1992, by Patrick Karel Kroupa (Lord Digital) All Rights Reserved …just as every cop is a criminal and all the sinners; saints –The Rolling Stones (Jane’s Addiction cover(*1)) Prelude This article has its inception in several dozen people asking the same questions with fairly consistent regularity. Namely those of, “where’d you guys go?”, “what’s the deal with MindVox?” and “what have you been doing for the last five years anyway?” Overture does a decent job of tying up all of the above and then some, while providing a general overview about who we are at...

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