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What the f*ck, dude!
What the f*ck!
Oh shit! There we go!
I had been running the
Dark Tangent System,
that was the name of my
bulletin board system.
NET out of Canada, was going away.
He was shutting it down.
I was the biggest node, I had the most users,
But he didn't want to do it in Canada,
and all of his users were in the states,
and so we were talking, he says "Well you
should do it, we should work together."
And I said "Great. Let's do it in Vegas."
And he said "Sounds good." And I mean, this
happened over the course of less than a week.
It was really brief.
And then all of a sudden he
I can't even remember his
name, it's been so long.
So when he disappeared, I had already started
planning to do this going away party
for Platinum NET.
There was HoHoCon, there was an XCon.
There was PUMPCON, Summercon.
So we figured, OK...
went out and that kind of circulated
around on some of the sites, and, and I think
that's how I came across it initially.
I don't know, but somehow he had
contacted me to come out and speak.
I actually didn't wanna
They were trying to get me to go, they
and I kept thinking to myself, "I've
never been to Las Vegas before",
and you know, I used to go to BBS
user meets, and well, a lot of them
"OK, this is just going to be
a BBS user meet... in Vegas."
Jeff contacted me somehow, said
"You wanna come out to Vegas?"
I said, "Well, I don't like Vegas."
"Come out and speak and there's
"a bunch of people, Phil Zimmerman,
DEF CON 1.
And I had a blast. I had so much fun.
It felt we were part of something
it, you know, it wasn't just,
have known or heard, or it wasn't
somebody (in the phone phreak
world) on the end of a toll-free
"Hey, who's there?"
still friends with to this day... out of all of that.
was over, and I was back home, and I
was decompressing, somebody wrote
email and said "Hey, that was great.
When are you doing it again?"
Until I had gotten that email, I had
And then I thought, "You know, I could
probably make this better. I could"
"change this, I could..." and then that started
it, that was all, game over from there.
It was, every year, what can I make
better, what went wrong, how do I fix it.
And that geek sort of fix-it mentality kicks
It's sort of like this challenge you'll never
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