Well, this is something. I stumbled upon someone’s attempt to do a “Grand Unifying” history of hacking, phreaking, and cracking. It jumps around everywhere from the dawn of the telephone system up through to mentioning my documentary (!) which is how I found it in the first place.
It gets a few things wrong, like crediting John Draper with the discovery of the 2600hz whistle (he most certainly didn’t) and parts of it are obviously pasted-in swaths of text from other locations, but cheers to that guy for trying to take a shot at it.
I have a copy of the file over here in case it was going to disappear off the face of the earth… now it won’t!
A part of me thinks that there’s a danger of encrusting “hacker history” into a classic case of telling the same 12 stories over and over and getting facts wrong; but on the other hand, it’s a lot of fun to see people try and get it “right”, and unlike a lot of histories there’s a bunch of supporting documents out there.
Sorry, no clever story today; there’s more than enough gunk in that link for anyone. Let me know what you find wrong with it.
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