it was also when the phrase "encumbered BSD" came to being.
this was a time when telnet was a new thing, mind you.
username mal, logged in for 9 hours plus. at 2am. and active running commands.
and thus started the game of "who the fuck are you" which lasted 3 minutes before I realised he was authorized root and he knew I wasnt supposed to be there, let alone root.
3 days later, I was authorized root on csusm, then USM's only interwebz gateway.
the first university in Malaysia to connect with the internet protocol
and Jaring only came to be because mal, Dr Mohd Awang Lah thought this should be expanded to everyone in Malaysia. all of us.
the birth of Malaysian Internet Protocol based interwebz.
throw a Cat 3 cable down 2 floors, and woo hoo, there's 10Mbps !
Usenet was like the twitter or facebook then, a community network which everyone had access to. like public forums.
Mostly peace in the galaxy, with the Jedi Council (as Dr Zaharin calls it) making sure things run
And Telekom Malaysia woke up to the interwebz.
billed at 10sen for local calls, no matter how long you spoke.
and they decided they wanted in on the game.
the pitch caught though, and TNC (The Network Connections) was setup.
yanked logs, dug into the sendmail code. and if you've ever exasperated about sendmail.cf, the code is a bitch.
how did we track him ? oh, that was also when IANA kept detailed records of all IP addresses.
no clue what happened to the perp, but our computer crimes act came soon.
and they went big on marketing, they hit the media hard, they trolled jaring.pcbase and jaring.general.
to change our local phone call pricing from 10sen unlimited to 3sen a minute.
3sen a min. 3sen a min was a killer for the hobbyists, the hackers, the early ones who'd built our interwebz.
but the plan was evil. and brilliant.
in an age when a 64kbps leased line to the interwebz cost you RM10,000/month.
it took the then young and more impetuous ones to get riled up.
and get riled up they did, sabers flared.
the issue remains the same, in principle.
this was war. how dare you corporate monopoly take our interwebz from us ?
very quickly jaring.general cobbled together a war party.
and a prepubescent @bytebot.
bloody thing worked, whaddya know !
have the image somewhere in my archives, too lazy to look it up but it was four dice showing the numbers 1, 5, 1 and 1.
we walked out without a resolution. then decided to place the ad for which the funds had been collected.
which was also Yavin IV, since it hosted the JARING User Group meetings. an ad paid for by the rakyat, for the rakyat. when the rakyat on the interwebz was but a fraction of what it is now.
and thus the numbers 1511 and 1515 were born. 1.5/sen a min for interwebz, as opposed to 4sen/min for local calls.
a victory of sorts.
but though within the same halls of MIMOS, a KJ (no, not him !) was writing a paper called "Ripples into TIdal Waves".
But Dr Mohd Awang Lah, was a fighter for MY rights in IANA, ISOC, ICANN. he championed access
before Palpatine came in with his MSC Bill of Guarantees. that's a diff thread though.
the hoi polloi wanted their twitter, facebook and insta.
And one chose the Dagobah system.