Originally Posted by Mungo
All interesting stuff. Thanks for posting it all.
I always got the impression that ComradeJ had more in common with the industry than the scene. Though find it hard to see what he would gain, other than wodges of cash, for the 'expert' witness stuff. The expert bit would have been fairly tenuous by that point anyway - "I was active on the scene about six or so years ago in a non-cracking group without so much as a bbs your honour" - I mean wtf?!
Maybe he felt some kind of strange guilt for teaching so many future crackers to code.....
Your having a giraffe arent you
ComradJ had a somewhat murky history long before he started the mag articles.
He was the coder for a demo group called SHARE AND ENJOY, and I always remember their trader was called THE IRON WARRIOR (TIW) or russ in real life, we used to call him the iron w**ker, I didn't like him at all
I met jolyon on a bus going to a SAE copy party from the commodore show at the novatel on the way to morden, when he had just started the mag articles (which I thought wer ecrap), where we got charged a pound to enter by TIW, and then it was dead inside. The only reason SAE was a non cracking group was because they didnt have a cracker, it wasnt for want of wanting to, and who can forget the share and enjoy spreadings with lists of games they had "released" that week. Far from whiter than white mr ralph...
He can be found lurking on slashdot in the comments sections under the name comradJ and its the same one, because we've spoke briefly.
I used to be a demo only coder, clutching firmly my addison wesley hardware reference guide in one hand (amiga 1000 edition) and my trusty german A500 in the other. Its still burnt in my mind that the left mousebutton is on bit 6 of $bfe001, and something about $5c is a distant terror ARGGG
I cant remember my scene name back then really, I think early on centreline then some other stuff, changed it a few times but wasn't particulary big just enjoyed the code and learning.
We had a small crappy demo group called "A" (so we could be first in the lists of greetings) , then we changed to acme, only to discover the acme sweden group, and then changed name again I think to make a huge megademo project that I coded everything for which if I remember never ever got released due to college workload and a failed quest for a bespoke disk loader. I also wrote a fast disc destroyer/bulk eraser, which could wipe a floppy within 3 seconds so even the best disc recovery software of the time couldnt recover the thing in days of runtime. It had gilbert the snot monster on it, and pulsed the fdd leds whilst chewing away. I can now admit that it was a failed attempt to write the loader for our megademo, with me hitting the hardware of the floppy controller with almost no understanding or specs of how it worked properly, studying the relevant section in the reference section instead of just chaining each one in using the system routines like everyone else did.
Devpac was for girls, we used blizzard/bytekiller cruncher so we could stick the code at a definite location after writing it using cygedit or something similar (vertical block copy and paste, what a coders editor) although cant remember even what assembler I used to compile it, probably was a function of blizzard, and just hit everything as hard as we could (so your guessing that a600 etc couldnt run anything we touched). Trap the VB blanking call to run the code off, measuer execution time of routines by changing the background colour on entry and exit and studying clock cycles of each instruction. Got a whole screen "scrapper" into 5 rasterlines using the bit blitter to reprogram the copper according to some preprepared sinus tables.
Long time, I just picked up a A2000 and nostalgia has come wafting back. Think Ill go fid another A500 and see if my sourcecode floppies still work
Hello to banger, jester (colin), Paul (kreator?) , ralph snowman (god knows), the dude who was in our group for a while that went on to draw graphics for gremlin (cant remember your alias, but still remember that skidrow drawring and the geiger style stuff) , the LADS (liverpool and district spreadpoint, badger etc, although its unlikely any of them are alive and have functioning livers, them being total and utter drunkards most of the time, yes I remember that train ride to london for yet another cbm show, and I remember you being busted big time by AT&T for carding with mastercard gold stuff). Frap of magnetic fields (when they were naughty demosceners) for inviting us to a copy party in doncaster in the middle of someones giant house, where porn and bad taste ran all night on a projector, and outside they had prostitues everywhere, and the chippy served exotic deep fried bananas, and we actually released some sinus scroller thingy shaded in halfbright mode, but i had a bug that meant we had to write things avoiding certain chars . Neil from wigan (zero da hero?) who worked in the axle place but was a ace spreader and was into the furry freak bro's and probably a lot of other people.
No7 I think I remember you from somewhere, a stockily built chap probably with banger at a show or something. Maybe spoke on the phone at some point, I seem to remember some disk labels with it on too at one point.
Yea gods I think I was in the powerlords for a bit too after googling... Must download this when i get set up and see if it jogs more brain cells :- http://kestra.exotica.org.uk/demo.php?id=2139
Its been a long time, im all growed up now doing networky stuff for a living, still think the amiga was a amazing machine...