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REVIEW: "l337 h4x0r h4ndb00k" (Elite hacker handbook), tapeworm

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  • Rob, grandpa of Ryan, Trevor, Devon & Ha
    BKL3H4H4.RVW 20051113 l337 h4x0r h4ndb00k , tapeworm, 2006, 0-672-32727-9, U$14.99/C$19.99/UK#10.99 %A tapeworm worm@icodeviruses.com www.icodeviruses.com
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      BKL3H4H4.RVW 20051113

      "l337 h4x0r h4ndb00k", tapeworm, 2006, 0-672-32727-9,
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      %T "l337 h4x0r h4ndb00k"

      Reading between the lines, the preface seems tongue-in-cheek, but
      states that it is showing the reader how to play pranks, or make
      trouble, using Windows XP computers. There is very little "leet
      speke," but the fact that no capitals are used makes it harder to read
      than necessary. The introduction inveighs against stereotypes, and
      equates hacking with curiosity.

      Chapter one outlines geek culture, society, and the jargon laden
      written (and deliberately, but not consistently, myspelt) dialect
      known as leet speek. The explanations for the origins of some items
      appear to be idiosyncratic, mythical, or both. A few pranks, which
      might actually teach users something about computer internals and use,
      are in chapter two. Customizations and some computer maintenance
      items are described in chapter three. Various Internet topics are
      listed in chapter four, although a number are inconsistent with the
      level provided in prior material. Chapter five does an odd job of
      introducing the Visual Basic programming language. Various forms of
      real-time chat, as well as some forms of netiquette, are explored in
      chapter six. (By the way, tapeworm, a ping-of-death is a single,
      specially crafted, message datagram, not a flood. And Linux *is*
      user-friendly. It's just choosy about its friends.) Chapter seven
      takes another run at Visual Basic, and also provides some
      misinformation about malware. The advice on security, in chapter
      eight, will keep the reader safer than the guy next door who does
      nothing, but the protection is not really reliable. A few net tools
      and utilities are mentioned in chapter nine. Chapter ten is a grab
      bag of random "hacking" related topics. The book concludes with an
      "isn't technology cool!" blurb in chapter eleven.

      Ultimately, this is a thinly veiled computer literacy book, a somewhat
      oddly worded guide to using a Windows XP computer. A user's guide in
      leet's clothing.

      copyright Robert M. Slade, 2005 BKL3H4H4.RVW 20051113

      ====================== (quote inserted randomly by Pegasus Mailer)
      rslade@... slade@... rslade@...
      My parents went to Middle Earth and all I got was a lousy ring.
      - Marty Helgesen
      http://victoria.tc.ca/techrev or http://sun.soci.niu.edu/~rslade
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