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In case you want personal help, sorry, it won't do you any good to email Carolyn Meinel because her email inbox is too full. Like, we are looking at a meltdown! Your best bet is to read the Happy Hacker Digests and email the people who you hope to make friends with. However, below are answers to some of the most common questions people ask her:

Question #1: Will you help me commit computer crime? Please? Please?

People ask us this all the time. They presume that despite everything we say about hating computer crime, and despite the fact that criminal sympathizer sites such as Attrition.org hate us, and despite the fact that computer criminals have done millions of dollars worth of damage protesting Happy Hacker, that we must have nothing better to do than commit crime for free on behalf of nasty strangers. Sheesh! 

Question #2: But I have a really good reason Carolyn should help me to commit a crime!.

See "It sucks to be me."

Question #3: What are the names of some computers I can break into?

See the Happy Hacker Wargame

Question #4: When I try to telnet into whois.internic.net, it doesn't work. What am I doing wrong?

You aren't doing anything wrong. Network Solutions took legal action to remove that server from the Internet, despite massive protests by groups including the US National Science Foundation. Sorry, it's gone, gone, gone.

Question #5:  When I try to do (fill in blank here) on some computer that I read in a Guide to (mostly) Harmless Hacking, why didn't it work?

Many of those Guides are out of date. In particular, any computer mentioned in the early Guides has turned off whatever cool thing it used to do because the sysadmins got worried about thousands of hackers coming to visit. Sorry, but when Meinel wrote those first Guides to (mostly) Harmless Hacking, she had no idea hundreds of thousands of people would read them.

All other questions:  For any question you may have on the Guides to (mostly) Harmless Hacking, you can get far more detailed instructions and screen shots (plus lots of cool hacking information not on this web site) from Meinel's book, The Happy Hacker, now in fourth edition, or Überhacker!.


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