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Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data
Steal this computer book 3 : what they won't tell you about the
internet / Wallace Wang.
1. Computer hackers--Handbooks, manuals, etc. 2. Internet--Handbooks, manuals, etc. 3.
Subculture--Computer network resources. I. Title.
If it weren't for the wonderful people at No Starch Press, this book would still be just another good idea floating around the publishing industry. The most important person involved in the creation of this book is William Pollock, who provided guidance for the book and gently nursed it from a rough idea to a completed manuscript. Two other extremely important people include Andy Carroll and Karol Jurado, both of whom worked tirelessly to ensure that the manuscript was as complete and error-free as possible.
Many hackers deserve credit for their work that directly or indirectly influenced this book. While I have never met many of these people, their books, text files, websites, and software creations have helped influence my thoughts about the "underground" aspect of the computer industry.
I'd also like to thank David Hakala, Jack Rickard, and Todd Erickson of Boardwatch magazine (http://www.boardwatch.com) for giving me the chance to write a monthly column for several years that covered the world of computer hacking. Much of the material in this book originally came from these columns, dubbed "Notes From the Underground."
Additional thanks go to Steve Schirripa and Don Learned for giving me my break in performing at the Riviera Comedy Club (http://www.theriviera.com) in Las Vegas. Also a big thanks go out to all the stand-up comedians I've had the pleasure of working with over the years including Dobie Maxwell, Judy Tenuta, Larry Omaha, Kip Addotta, Bob Zany, Gerry Bednob, and Patrick DeGuire.
Final thanks go to stand-up comedians Barry Crimmins, Jimmy Tingle, George Carlin, and Will Durst for their delightfully insightful humor that reveals the truth while making you laugh at the same time. If you want to know what's really happening with our governments, foreign policies, and world leaders, listen to any comedy album from these four comedians. I guarantee you'll learn more about world news, government policies, and international politics from their stand-up comedy acts than you ever could from Newsweek, the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the CBS Evening News, or CNN.
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This book is dedicated to truth, justice, honesty, and the American Way-which are too often mutually exclusive ideas.