April 27, 2004
Having some trouble relating the gist of the series to people. I'm thinking the l33t stuff is probably throwing some people. It's funny, cause that's what I envision Garamond mocking most of the time, tho there are some characters that will be very much like that. But the "0WN3D since 2024" stuff is, I think, making the series look like Swordfish, in that I seem like someone who doesn't understand tech culture.
Hmm. It's a kind of critical eye I'm going for, but it's not easy to express at this stage. I know the 'net is made up of lots of different types of people. Smilies, no smilies; graphical smileys, traditional smileys... and that kind of trait doesn't necessarily relate to others, so you get a real mess of things to play off of. What I'm trying to show is that the 5p14t gang is very l33t, very capable, but also very much l4m3rz, at least insofar as "real" hackers are concerned.
There's also the issue of what you call a hacker. Hacker meaning they hack stuff? Phreakers? Crackers? Crackers are what I'm referring to, but it sounds funny to outsiders. Trying to resolve that one.
And at the risk of giving away a vital plot point, a big discovery in the series relates to the ttl on a ping. It's not "I know this! It's a Unix system! (navigates a 3D map of the island)" thing. It's a "lookee here, port 6346 is open!" thing.
And then the look and feel of the website is still bothering me. I've done it like this to let the background change more easily, but I'm thinkin people are not appreciating the roughness of the series. Not that I can really express it, but when you come here from, say, depthCORE, you get the feeling we're talking different worlds. We're not. But I want this particular site to be more fluid at this stage.
Argh. A day of big victories and I'm of course drowning in doubt :)
Ha! Traditionalist smiley. Cha-ching, baby!