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Post by The Master » Fri Jan 04, 2008 12:09 pm

Best was when we managed to sneak the NetMgr password on the Econet, then installed a little bit of code hidden using the STOP-PRINT/START-PRINT VDU commands poked into a REM statement in the !Boot program, which would save everyone's password into an EOR-encrypted file in a "spare" user called CAVE... and only a select few had the necessary unlock script :)

That lasted about a week. In retrospect only ONE person should have held the magic key, and NO GIRLS SHOULD EVER HAVE BEEN ALLOWED TO KNOW ANYTHING. But once caught, the I.T. teachers were actually a bit scared, so I got off with just a minor bit of verbal...! :D

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Post by » Fri Jan 04, 2008 12:24 pm

uglifruit wrote:I am somewhat like Matthew Broderick in WarGames with my hacker like tendancies.
When I was at school I modified the AUTOEXEC.BAT file and put


at the top of it - causing the C: drive to be automatically formatted upon startup.

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Post by drewbar » Sat Jan 05, 2008 4:37 pm

Emperor Fossil wrote:
We used to play Drol, Karateka, and Buck Rogers whenever the teacher wasn't around. Someone also had a disk with porno animations which we would all snigger and goggle at -- 2 frames, 2 colours... classy stuff indeed.
Gee, how could I forget about Karateka! Awesome game at the time. Remember playing it to the end the first time and not bowing, or running to the princess and she drops you with a kick to the head and its 'Game Over (something like that anyway).'

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Hmm - games on school kit

Post by alcockell » Sat Jan 19, 2008 9:23 am

Hi folks,

New to the forum... but I remember all that kit. Exmouth Community College had a small BBC B network and a single RM 380Z in my first year. I recall playing Frak and Thrust a lot on the Beebs.

The upper school site had an RM 480Z network hosted off that 20Mb fileserver (an MP/M machine if I remember correctly). Initially they relied on people choosing the correct User Area to save to... but after a lot of us started using this chat tool that we found - they then spoiled the fun by implementing full-authentication CP/NOS rather than a CP/M image with network services. Meant we were locked down to doing coursework and just coursework.

By this time, I had gone through ZX80, ZX81, to Spectrum.

School had a Nimbus network for the sixth-formers and final-year lot... they then extended the Nimbus LAN across the site. I never did the install-code-on-kit-that-wasn't-mine thing... maybe it's that orthodox attitiude that serves me well as a Notes admin.

At college, I started using true multiuser corporate-standard machines - an Alpha Micro A400 via Televideo TV920 terminals in year 1 of my National Diploma, then a DEC PDP-11/44 in 2nd year...

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Re: Games on School PCs

Post by yethboth » Mon Jan 21, 2008 11:57 am

paranoid marvin wrote:How about a feature on those games we use to play on school computers in the 80s? There were some great entertaining educational games which I'm sure the majority of us have played at some stage. There must be many which we have forgotten about , or can't remember the name of
For sure many of them are dificult to play nowadays as emulators/roms are not as readily available

(I dont think we've had such a feature before?)

I remember when I was a little boy in Primary School, the school computer we had back then was the old fashioned BBC Micro.

I remember me and my primary school friends used to always play the following games on it:

1. Granny's Garden
2. Georgie Racer
3. Pod
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Re: Games on School PCs

Post by TMR » Mon Jan 21, 2008 5:23 pm

yethboth wrote:2. Georgie Racer
Innit Geordie Racer rather than Georgie? i've got a BBC floppy with that scrawled over it in marker pen, but sadly the BBC itself had gone before i had a chance to lift the thing...

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