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Hobbies and Interest

I enjoy Boating and Fishing. I love to travel, especially on big Cruise Ships. But my love for computers is second to none. On the very first day that they announced the sale of the Commodore Vic 20, I bought one. It cost me about $600.00 and that did not include a monitor or storage device. I used a 13" portable TV and I bought a tape drive, which recorded data on a standard cassette tape. Back then the only other options were spending thousands for a Apple, Altair, TRS-80 or Commodore PET.

I did not know I could purchase programs, so I purchased books and tought myself how to program in machine language and basic. Many of the first games I played were written by me, and were my versions of some of the popular atari 2600 games. Some where even better, since I could edit the code to make it play my way. I then starting writing data and message bases. There was no Internet as we know it today, and for the longest time, there were no graphics. USENET was about a close as you got, until CompuServe, AOL and Prodigy came along.

I remember running my first Bulletin Board system on a Commodore 64 with 2 300KB Floppy Disk, a 300 baud modem and a RGB monitor. Around the same time, I wrote a program on a Timex-Sinclair 1000 that allowed me to keep track of what police cars where on assignments, when I was a Police Dispatcher for the Pennsauken Township Police Department. Later I assisted the late Al Beaver in programming the geofiles on Pennsauken's first computer, a Sperry Rand Mainframe, my first taste of UNIX.

Early in 1980, I managed to understand the logic of the NCIC computer, and how the networks of CJIS linked together. It was not hard to understand that all the networks used a 4 letter address, i.e. NCIC, CJIS, DMV1, NLET etc. Well while exploring with seeing where I could go, I managed to shut down the New Jersey State Criminal History Data Files. Opps! Until now, no one knew who did it, and they still don't know how (nor do I.)

The CJIS (Criminal Justice Information System) had a function called NLETS (National Law Enforcement Telecommunication) which was used to send and receive message to and from other agencies. New Jersey had a similar function called NJLETS, which did the same thing but on a statewide basis. When a message was being received, it simultaneously displayed on the monitor and printed on the printer. I learned that by editing a short received message rather than creating a new one, you called insert data after the end of the original message, and when sending the edited message, it would only print up until the point where the original message ended, the added text after the stop break symbol only displayed on the screen and did not print. It was my way of sending a message and sticking my tongue out at the receiver. No one knew how I did that, until...

One boring ass night on the 12AM to 8AM shift, I created a ASCII picture of a cities skyline and under that I made a large I, a Heart, and an N and a Y. and I sent it via the NJLETS to the Cherry Hill Township Police Department, using my NO PRINT technique, however even thought it did not print, it was observed by Division Headquarters of the New Jersey State Police. They did not waste any time, calling the Chief and helping me earn my first written reprimand, and boy were they pissed.

For years, I was the topic of CJIS training at New Jersey State Police Division HQ, and one training class, I was present while they (not knowing I was in the class) talked about me. I did introduce myself after the class. Seeing all the mad faces at the time I did it, taught me a valuable lesson, "don't allow them to catch ya!" So I won't tell all the other things I learned to do, and got away with.

For the record, I am not interested in working for Private Detectives, Investigational Computer or Hacking Businesses or any such activities, so don't ask.

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