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h4x0r h4ndb00k about the author
hello, my name is tapeworm, and i am a freelance contract hacker amongst other things. the first thing i ever learned about computers (when i was first introduced by a friend) was the wide variety of hacking programs floating around on the internet, it wasn't long after that my mom brought home our first computer and i took immediate control. i just wanted to research information, build web pages and play in chat rooms; whereas my mother just wanted to sit and play solitaire for hours (obsessive gaming: a geek at heart). i needed a plan, and fast.
i started coming up with ways to make it appear as though things were wrong with the computer, then she would leave and tell me to fix it. every time she would have me fix something when there was nothing actually wrong, i'd get at least a couple extra hours of playtime. i got better over time, and before i knew it i no longer had a social life.
my evil plans were eventually foiled when she was re-married to an electrician, but luckily by that time i had my own computer anyway. currently i contribute my free time to the open-source community, and i can be reached by my leet e-mail address at: firstname.lastname@example.org
be sure to visit my site: http://www.icodeviruses.com
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who is this book for?
if you answered yes to any of the above questions, then this book is for you. this book is an introduction to windows xp which will not only get you thinking like a hacker by guiding you through the underworld of technology, but set you on the right path to becoming a power-user as well (in only 21 days! lolz). very little computer experience is required to absorb this information. by utilizing the unique teaching method "reverse-troubleshooting" aka trouble-making invented by the author (me); you will learn how to take control of your home computer and about the wide variety of possibilities & professions available, along with resources to further educate yourself on whichever topic intrigues you the most.
most if not all technical books can be frustrating as they assume or require a certain amount of previous education, and they only focus on one specific technology. being completely self-taught; i understand the frustrations of what other sources lack. people tend to skip the fundamentals that are typically only learned from experience; this book fills in that gap.
believe it or not, the biggest reason that viruses are so successful at spreading in the world today is not because of hackers or buggy/outdated software, it is because of a simple acronym known as pebkac. problem exists between keyboard and chair. even experienced computer users sometimes have no idea what they're doing; it's not hard to assume that someone is an expert when they know a little about something of which you know nothing. when it comes to computers it is almost funny just how ignorant some people can be; just ask anyone who works in tech support.
if you're anything like me, then the thought has probably crossed your mind that nobody can write an effective hacking book because anything potentially damaging or sneaky would be rendered useless shortly after its release. many hackers themselves believe that no such book could exist because every hacker takes a different path to becoming a hacker, so how could a solitary book possibly teach you? let me assure you from experience, part of hacking is adapting to change, and by the time this book is rendered useless then another book by another hacker or a revision will be right around the corner. the minds of hackers are similar no matter what path they came from, and i will share these similarities with you. a solitary book can teach you how to hack, and this book is proof of that.
the material contained within this book should be required reading for anyone prior to even touching a computer; think of it as your personal survival guide. or maybe you're just interested in understanding viruses or spying on your significant other (shame on you). ignorance is not bliss. by reading this book, you will become a very dangerous person with a computer; it is critical that you understand the danger in order to protect yourself from it.
I love all of the reviews that think this book is a serious attempt at teaching hacking.
It's quite obviously satire. Read more
7h3r3 4r3 m4ny p30p13 7h47 7h1nk 7h3y c4n 5p34k 1337. 807 4f73r r34d1n6 7h15 17 w45 08v105 7h47 m057 15 f4153.Published 14 months ago by Joe
Not for a computer security expert. More for someone who wants to fit in for gamers, would not reccomend if you want to learn about actual hacking. Read morePublished on December 6, 2010 by Benjamin Jacobs
Not much else to say about it. I just hope it was meant as a joke book, because that's how I took it. XD If you want to learn 1337 hacking skills just take some computer classes. Read morePublished on May 26, 2008 by Xenophobia
I thoroughly enjoyed the book. While it's not a definitive book on hacking (what book is), it allows the common user to see what tricks and or techniques are used by some hackers... Read morePublished on September 13, 2007 by William Scarbrough
"For every credibility gap there is a gullibility fill." -Richard CloptonPublished on September 6, 2006 by Bachelier
this book has things like how to talk in 1337 (leet) and how to do strange things with your computer when i talked to the person who wrote it, tapeworm, on his website he said that... Read morePublished on March 25, 2006 by 53\/ |_4/\/(|_|/\/\
I took a look at this book because of it's cool cover.
Is this suppose to be a real book, or an ONION parody?
The author is a "Contract Hacker"? Read more