Welcome to the first "Issue" of THE COUNTLEGGER.
Right off the bat I'd like to respond to the obvious accusation: "Hey, Count!
Isn't this just a cheap, tawdry rip-off of THE BOOTLEGGER?" In a word, yes.
But there are a few differences between COUNTLEGGER and BOOTLEGGER that I'll
make clear right now.
1) Bootleg charges you $25 dollars a year for Bootlegger, and most of the
time it's scarcely worth it. This won't be worth $25 a year either, but
it's free, and you can give it to anyone you want. Also, I'm not making
huge profits off of other people's textfiles. Bootleg is. Oh, well.
2) Bootleg just throws a few files onto a disk, runs off however many copies,
and throws it into the mail. Most of the time the files are full of extra
linefeeds, random control characters, and other garbage. All files you
find here have been "neatened up" to their original condition, sometimes
even better. (No changes in content, just in formatting.)
3) THE BOOTLEGGER comes out quarterly (supposedly). COUNTLEGGER will come out
as soon as I fill up two disk sides with text files I feel to be worth
keeping. If enough people want them, I'll start releasing COUNTLEGGER DOCS
4) BOOTLEGGER comes in the mail. COUNTLEGGER comes over the phone, or from
your friend with a modem. This means you can't contact me with feedback
through the mail. No problem -- just leave me a message on my AE, Terrapin
Station, at 505/865-0883 pw: CICADA. I'm 300/1200-capable and would love
to hear from you.
THE PHILOSOPHY BEHIND THE COUNTLEGGER:
I have always felt that the most valuable commodity in the world is
information. This philosophy is stated in the Hacker Ethic, as outlined
in Steven Levy's book HACKERS: THE HEROES OF THE COMPUTER REVOLUTION:
The Hacker Ethic
1) Access to computers -- and anything which might teach you something about
the way the world works -- should be unlimited and total. Always yield to
the Hands-On Imperative!
2) All information should be free.
3) Mistrust Authority -- Promote Decentralization.
4) Hackers should be judged by their hacking, not bogus criteria such as
degrees, age, race, or position.
5) You can create art and beauty on a computer.
6) Computers can change your life for the better.
That's what I hope to help do with THE COUNTLEGGER . . . to provide information
on all sorts of things -- to inform -- and to entertain.
/\/oo\/\ Count Nibble /\/oo\/\