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the good old days of mainframe computers
09-22-2021, 09:02 PM
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RE: the good old days of mainframe computers
Ah, the "good old days". Brings back memories when a simple forkbomb brought the entire system down. Some students in my class in the 80s did that to annoy other students or to get a project submission deadline moved due to complaints that the system was down again. Because we had dumb terminals, some not-so-ethical students stole passwords (and project source code consequently) with a simple Trojan horse shell script they had written that looked exactly like the legit green ASCII login screen. Others were manning the shared printer to get their hands on someone's project printout. Account quotas were ridiculously small (I don't remember for sure, but I think it was a couple of kilobytes). Computing was a lot more "physical" back then in many ways.

- Rob

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