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Book details of '1337 h4x0r h4ndb00k'

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Title1337 h4x0r h4ndb00k
PublishedAugust 2005
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Reviewer Rob Slade wrote:
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 who its friends are.) 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

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This is your ticket into the elusive underworld of the Internet, home to millions of elite computer hackers. 1337 h4x0r h4ndb00k will show you how to walk-the-walk and talk-the-talk of this exclusive community. Soon, you too will be able to go into a chat room and carry on conversations speaking the cryptic 1337 language. 1337 h4x0r h4ndb00k will also review the nature of computer viruses, different practical jokes to play on your desktop and tips on how to live the hacker lifestyle. Join the elite society of computer hackers with 1337 h4x0r h4ndb00k as your guide. About the Author h4x0r h4ndb00kabout 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: be sure to visit my site:© Copyright Pearson Education. All rights reserved. Excerpt. © Reprinted by permission. All rights reserved. 1337 h4x0r h4ndb00k1337 h4x0r h4ndb00kpreface who is this book for? * do you want to be a hacker, or learn more about them? * do you like to play annoying pranks? * are you knew to computers and feel overwhelmed by the technology? * are you at a loss as to what to do with your computer? * are you tired of parental controls? 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.© Copyright Pearson Education. 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