The Life and Legend of tKC - The Keyboard Caper

Ah shit man, after many pushes/questions of people I decided to write a story about myself. This is gonna take me days to finish this pain. And Iím sure all of you know Iím not English, so I hope youíll understand this piece of shit :-) Oh by the way, in old Oscar v10.x long time ago Iíve written a little story about myself and PC and it wasnít 100% completed, so this time today Iíll tell you everything as far as I can. Ok, now take a six-pack beer (if you donít drink, oh well, then coffee, my fav) and read on...

I was born in South Africa, still grow up here, a white, 30+ years old. Sorry, I canít tell you my birth date, real name etc, but the fact is my name is tKC :-) And yes, Iím deaf and I was grown up in deaf schools before immigrated to normal school when I was 13 because my speech was good and my standard was too Ďhighí (and I could hear a little good without hearing aids). I donít speak to my parents with sign language, thatís how my communication went better, if you know what I mean :-) Also, I canít speak English well, because I grew up in Afrikaans, with reading lips...

Anyway at school I didnít make many friends, only a few good. Iím not much talkactive. Today, still Iím a man with a few words. Anyway my bad point was girls. Everytime when I saw a new girl, I lost my head like a headless chicken but I wonít run after her, all what I did, I asked one of my friends and let him/her ask her to meet me somewhere etc, thatís how I made friends with girls at school/home.

Friends and me were bad boys, we stoled cars and bikes, drove away for a night or 2. But weíll always bring back the cars but not to the original place where it was parked, and it was good times we got. I remember one night we stoled a blue Ferrari, the same car as Magnumís one, and oh fok, the cops have pulled us off the road and the girl told me to tell Ďem weíre deaf and couldnít understand them, so I used sign language. After all, they let us drive away. phew :-) From that point we decided not to steal cars, or bikes again but it didnít stop us to go out and make fun out of all.

Anyway in Christmas 1984, I got my first computer (Spectravideo, similar to Commodore, Spectrum etc) and I loved to play with it, some of my friends got computers too. We shared our games (we used tapes yuck) Thatís where I started learn programming (BASIC) but after a few months my computer has got fucked up and my parents couldnít buy another one. Too bad, so let it be. I finished my school in 1987...

In 1988 I started work in the bank, as a clerk. Also I went to the college in nights, to learn programming (COBOL) but I stopped classes after first 5 months, they sucked, too slow. So I decided not to learn computers. But what a good year it was, I made more friends with girls, every weekend we went to clubs, discos, bars, stripshows, name up.. also met many DJís, not long after that I became a DJ, only when they needed me, better than nothing I thought. And at clubs, we drank more, drunk like hell, we didnít give a damn fuck. But I was never sick at work till one day I told workers in the bank Iím gonna have a nice party tonite, (one of my friends has invited me to a party and wanted me to see a girl he has got). So we went to party, finally I met her.. hell sheís one of the sexiest girls I ever seen. But we didnít get any alcohol, only cool drinks and wine. Oh shit, I told them how it could be a real party if we canít drink. One of friendsí brother told us to goto his room, behind the house. Ah, what did we see? Tons of beer, brandy, rum, whiskey, wine, liqours, anything you name up. Not a bad Ďstarterí :-) That sexy girl, another girl, 2 friends and me stayed in the room and we started drink like hell.. that girl didnít wait, kissed me and all.. but sex no.. I remember I drank 5 litre box wine in a hour.. oh boy drunk .. poof next day 5PM I woke up, and couldnít goto work, still too drunk!After next day workers in the bank smiled at me when they saw me, asked if it was a nice party I had. I remember they always asked me why Iím so friendly, or why Iím never nasty at them etc on which I answered them because I am what I am... But from that day I decided not to drink much.. till one day my parents went on holiday to the Cape and I invited friends to a party at my home, and it was a good night till a phone rang, one of my friends asked me to pick up him at the college, (he has classes in nights) and a friend and me went down, I was driving. After picked up him, back on the way to home, we had a bad accident, shit.. bad night.. cops, ambulances etc. One of people told us we drove too fast on the corner. Oh well but luckily I wasnít much hurt, and a car was fucked up worst, and it couldnít be used again after all, (belonged to one of my friends). And from that night I never drove again till today..

Anyway January 1990 I decided to check out new XTís (8088, 8mhz yuck) and I couldnít resist to buy a new one, so I bought my first PC (8mhz, 20meg hdd, monochrome screen). Hell, I even didnít know whatís DOS, I couldnít figure out whatís C:> etc. Iíve never played with PCís before this, I told myself I bought it and letís figure out till fuck it. So I stayed at my PC for hours with a few hours sleeping before going work, for a few weeks, learned on hard ways like hell. I started forget my friends, didnít go out with girls for nights etc. After a few months I managed to know DOS very well, one day new ATís (80286, 12mhz) arrived in SA, and I upgraded my PC to 286, then I made friends with salesmen, suddenly doors opened and I learned in workshops how to build up/fix PCís etc. Thatís how I got first Ďfreeí commercial software eg. Norton Utilities, PC-Tools etc. (good olí tools :-)) Also I got my first Pascal, programming language, and I loved it, till today...

Totally I forgot my old friends, well I made some new friends but it didnít keep too long before they disappeared, all what I have in my minds is PC, PC, PC, PC.. Couldnít ignore my PC, I didnít care for people. Then one day one of few friends gave me old games, (it was Space Quest I/II). God, I liked Ďem! But I started getting irritated with copy protections, asked one of friends how they got cracks, where from etc. Too hard to tell where from, how it worked. So I asked around till somebody told me I have to learn ASM and HEX, what the hell is that? Hmm, someone told me heíll get me Borlandís Turbo Debugger/Assembly. Oh boy, wasnít it easy? Again I stayed at PC till late hours, figured whatís what. Believe me, without manuals/helps I finally figured out how to edit HEX (using Nortonís DiskEdit) and how to program in ASM. It wasnít easy, and I didnít program much, only cracked and kept original EXEís as backup etc. (I couldnít code a patch yet that time) And thatís how I asked friends to get me games without cracks so that I can crack and learn myself, so I made friends happy with giving them cracks. Then February 1991 I heard of a new Telkom chatter called Beltel, similar to IRC, not bad. One of my friends has decided to try out, all we have to do is to get a modem and open an account at Telkom, so he did. I visited him one night and saw how it worked, and I found it nice. Not long after that, I bought my first modem (2400 baud) and opened an account, and the fun started. Too bad, with this you can talk with people anywhere in SA only. From there Iíve made many friends, got pirated accounts to use Beltel without paying for it. I noticed itís a paradise for hackers. It was Blade Runner and Doc Hollywood who have helped me much with hacking skills. I used the nick ďDr. WolfenĒ on Beltel, after Blade Runner told me a kool game called Wolfenstein. Oh yea, Iíve met many girls via Beltel too, played Ďcybersexí too, which soon I found it boring...

April 1991, I was immigrated to another bank, computers!. Kool, I started work in the computer room. Because I grew up in normal school, I didnít see any deaf people again till that day. Iíve met a good friend at my work, also deaf on which he told me many deafs work here too. And I started learn sign language again, and met more deaf people, found them very friendly, and girls too! :-) Because I wasnít very familiar with deafs, I didnít make any serious relationships with deaf girls, only flirted with them. Then I got noticed how important friendships are, I tried hard not to Ďforgetí them like I did after I bought my first PC. I wasnít interested into serious relationships, no matter if girls are deaf or not. So after all, I made more friends in both worlds (hearing and deaf), but more hearing friends than deafs, most of deafsí standard was Ďlowí, so you know what I mean. (no offence).. After a few months, the hackers told me if Iíve heard of the BBS scene on which I never heard of it before, didnít know what it is. After explaining, ah looks like nice, they gave me a few numbers to phone some BBSes, I remember my first BBS call was LeClub, I found it very kool, a collection of files! I noticed how many cracks have been made by whoever, then I downloaded all of the cracks I could get and learned from them the fine points of cracking, most of the cracks were made by the cracking group Razor 1911, (for games). I started cracking more games and utilities, mostly I downloaded shareware from BBSes, and soon I made cracks and uploaded so many cracks, people began to take notices from me. Then The Keyboard Caper was born..... August 1991, Blade Runner told me there were 2 current cracking groups in SA, which were MoT (Masters of Terror) and HAi (Hacking Attack Inc), MoT is into warez, and HAi into cracking and I wasnít interested to join any group. One night Acid Phreak (one of Founders of Forest Crew, hacking group) told me why not start my own BBS, suggested me to use Remote Access, soon after that, I opened my BBS called Wolfenstein. It was a pain to setup all of the shit, as soon as I figured out how it works I started like to do ANSi arts, which I called myself The Resetter, and joined a very small local group as ANSi artist. But after a week or 2, I found it boring and quit them, but I still keep cracking shareware programs. What was special about my BBS, was that I was the only Sysop in SA, that was deaf, but I was known as Dr. Wolfen (as Sysop), I didnít want people to know that I was tKC, the cracker/hacker. And my BBS grew to the biggest in SA it contained with a large collection of cracks, and the best shareware programs. Then MoT has starting cause lots of chaos among the BBSes in SA, MoT wasnít liked by SA BBSes, Blade Runner told me MoT was known for releasing illegal programs, cracks, etc. And after many calls to BBSes we found MoT WHQ BBS, which was a highly guarded secret among them, under a false name I logged onto their system which I made friends with some of MoT members. What was special about that, MoT got calls from overseas, which I would like to know how to contact oversea people. Most of oversea callers to MoT were Razor 1911, and other warez groups too. Then I met Midi Maniac, he was a SA Distro for Razor 1911, also I met Aphex Twin. I got an obsession to know more about MoT, I felt they knew more than they pretend. Then I explored their WHQ BBS down, after a few weeks, MoT members called and fucked over my BBS, with a warning message to stay out of their BBS.

After several HDD crashes I asked myself why I let them fok me? If they can fok me, then why not fok them? Their WHQ BBS was the only UNIX based system in SA, which it was hard to hack at first, after a while, I learned UNIX (from Beltel friends) and hacked their BBS, fokked their system. MoT got pissed and released a demo which told everybody that I was a bad hacker/cracker and revealed my identity as Dr. Wolfen. People questioned me which one I really was, Dr. Wolfen or tKC. As Dr. Wolfen I told them that tKC was a good friend of me. After many wars, MoT dropped dead.. finally...

After that chaos, my BBS went bigger and bigger with my cracks, I got so many BBS mails from people, asked me to crack programs. Even I didnít know what to do with myself, go ahead with cracking on my own or join other groups? From that point HAi was the cracking group only in SA. HAi was a good group at that time but their leader wasnít so special. After weeks, Acid Phreak showed me how to make free calls to US, also to anywhere in SA without paying a call. Also I got many 0800 numbers and made free calls via banks from my home! I phoned HAi HQ BBS, 1000 miles away from my home, and met a sysop, Sputnik (which he was a leader of HAi) and made friends with him, also with SandMan. Friends, or not, I decided to show him Iím the best cracker in SA, and uploaded many cracks to their BBS, sometimes I won them by releasing the first crack, sometimes they won me, so was the game till Sputnik asked me to join them. And I didnít...

In the meanwhile Iíve met Snake, a sysop of BBS with pirated games, about 500 miles away from my home. Most of the nights he uploaded several games to my BBS. Then one night he has paged me, and we chatted. In the chat he seemed he didnít know what he has told me, telling me heíll send me the best drawing program. Huh? I wasnít interested into drawing, anyway I told him he can upload, I wonít mind, went to the bed. In the morning I found a program in Upload directory which he has uploaded it. I opened it and found out it was a BBS program called ViSiON-X, made by a Canadian, named Ryec. Hmm, wondering where he has got it from, and why he told me it was a drawing program? Anyway I played with V-X and I found it very nice, powerful and almost anti-hacking system. I decided to give it a try and closed Wolfenstein BBS, and re-setup the BBS...

Hell, after re-opened my BBS I got more callers than before eg. 100+/- calls a day. People told me to keep up good work etc. After a few days, Midi Maniac phoned me and noticed I used V-X and told me to take it down because itís not a public BBS, asked me where I have got it from etc. heir friends went as far as threating me, told me to take down my system, and gave me a week to switch back to what I used before. I told them: ďFok jou, itís my BBS, not theirsĒ. After a week they returned and they were pissed, but they liked me, they were feared cops would bust me for using illegal BBS software. After all, they helped me make my BBS become the best public underground BBS in SA with one of the largest collections of cracks, hacking/pheaking stuff etc.

For several months I cracked several programs and helped people crack other shareware programs. Also I got alot of hackers, crackers, callers from overseas to connect to my BBS. By that time I didnít like Windows 3.0, but I had to use it for multitasking, and then I liked a few of shareware programs for Windows, and also I started learn crack Windows programs. What was special about Windows programs, I cracked Windows Commander 1.0 :-) Not long after that, I met Powerlord on my BBS, I was watching him logging as a newuser, and I saw his address, the same deaf school where I grew up. I thought heís deaf too till I found out, no heís not deaf. Not long after that, we became good friends...

June 1993, I became a supervisor of another computer room, at the bank. WOW, what was that? A supervisor on 40+ girls!! They were the data typists, I have to check they got works to do etc, wow, what a nice job! :-) Most of them were young, 17-24.. a good hint? grin Believe me, it was my best years. I made friends with all of them, make jokes, invited them to clubs etc. Somewhere in 1993, Aphex Twin invited me to join Forest Crew, it was a hacking group, highly underground group with 30+ members, I joined Forest Crew as an ANSi artist and a demo coder. From that time I made many friends with warez groups oversea eg. Razor 1911, ACiD, Hybrid, The Dream Team etc. Finally I met a creator of V-X, Ryec, then he gave me free upgrades to the newest version of V-X which was a registered version. Oh by the way, before that time Sputnik has nagged me to give him V-X software too, so I did, and he decided to pay for registration, heís a cracker but he didnít want crack it! (I made a keymaker for V-X too, if I remember correctly SiN, a good cracking group oversea, has cracked it too). Anyway back at now Ryec gave me his source code to V-X in Pascal to show me why hackers/or crackers couldnít hack V-X etc, and I could do that but because of a good friendship with Ryec, I respected his hard work. After a few months Forest Crew changed the name to Frozen Crew, and there was nothing special about it, only we shared our phreaking utils, tools, knowledge etc. Suddenly in 1994, without any warning or reason, Frozen Crew group went dead. The rumours claimed the most members were busted, and I never saw them again till today. Yea, the cops were here at my home but they couldnít find any proof I was messed up with hackers. I was irritated and sad, what now? I lost many contacts with hackers, what could I do now? Continue with cracking programs and run my BBS?

After a few weeks, Aphex Twin called me via my BBS, what a great meeting! Good to see him again.. and I continued with cracking programs. I never created a group, and I just wanted to make a big name for myself but after a few months I thought I could do better if I start a group, then I asked Aphex Twin if I could use Phrozen Crew and revive it as a cracking group instead of a hacking group. So in June 1994 Phrozen Crew was revived with me as a founder/cracker, Lucido as an ANSi artist, Psylocke as a demo coder, Mutha as a musician. All of the members were totally new to the cracking scene in SA. Then Phrozen Crew made many cracks, demos, ANSi/VGA pics, and eventually became the best cracking group in SA, defeating all the other SA groups. But I wanted more...

May 1995, Iíve met a good hacker near my home and he has got Windows 95 Beta software and showed me, fok, I liked it, asked him if I could get a copy too, on which he agreed. After many playing hours on Windows 95, I found out I couldnít use it coz of many bug errors shit and I gave up, switched back to Windows 3.1. Luckily not long after that I got pirated copy of Windows 95 final version...

March 1996, I heard alot about the Internet, then from one of the cracks in my BBS, I found a UCF.NFO. From UCF.NFO I learned that I could contact UCF using IRC. IRC? What the fok is that? I called one of the sysops near my home and asked him whatís IRC, on which he explained itís kool and I should give it a try. By that time he supported Internet via his BBS, so I made a call and logged onto Internet via his BBS, hell it was slow, remember I had a 28.8k modem but logged on 2400 baud :-) Then I opened the door in the BBS to let me use IRC. Whoa, I even couldnít figure out how to use IRC. Remember, I used Terminate (greatest terminal software for DOS), after many attempts/dropped lines finally I could join #ucf96 and say a word in the channel. LostSoul asked me if he could help me, I explained him I came from SA and I didnít know much about IRC, and my first attempt to meet UCF etc. He was friendly, but hell it was slow and I was irritated. I couldnít stay longer than 15 minz online, coz of poor lines. Then the Sysop told me I canít use IRC because other people couldnít login to download shareware/or whatever. Oh shit, what now? I canít give up... just coz of that shit! April 1996, I decided to get my own Internet account and it wasnít cheap to pay bills per months, anyway after all, I got an account. Finally I can dial-up! Woohoo, now I can surf like hell. It wasnít hard to figure out how does the dial-up work etc. Then finally I got MIRC 3.x and joined #ucf96, LostSoul was nice to help me again, I told him this time Iím using MIRC now and he smiled.. From that point we became good friends, invited me to goto #cracking and made me an op. Not long after that, I met Marquis, made friends with him, soon he made me a UCF member, as SA HQ on my BBS. I spent most of the time hanging out in #cracking, oh btw my first IRC nick was T_K_C. One day I found #za channel on Efnet, and hanging out there too, from there I met Ali3n, a founder of #za, good olí guy. Also I met another friend, he suggested me to use Pirch, and I liked it and use it, till today, the same version! :-) (No, I donít like Pirch98!) Not long after that, I joined several cracking groups, whom I released cracks for, but still released cracks for PC, which the other groups didnít care too much. My BBS grew bigger with tons of cracks online, that made the people in SA very happy, I remember I ran the biggest public underground BBS in SA, with 25+ distro sites, 50+ conferences online, got 200+ calls a day. Also, G-r0m, a cracker in Black Squadron (I joined them too), told me about Delphi, if it wasnít him I wonít know what is it. Not long after that, I got Delphi 2.0 from someone, and found out itís kool, luckily I learned Pascal...

May 1996, I decided to create Phrozen Crew channel, #pc96, with helping from Ali3n (with his bots), Thatdude, Megabyte, TheBomb, and Archimede. #pc96 channel wasnít well known to the public. I went on to learn the fine points of cracking in Softice in Windows, how to debug etc, oneday I discovered W32Dasm 2.0, found it kool and today you know I love it :-) More crackers joined Phrozen Crew, on 1st July we officially released cracks on IRC.. boom Suddenly IRC people drew their attentions to me, the channel grew faster, and I decided to close my Wolfenstein BBS, too much to handle on BBS and IRC both. After many months of hard work, Phrozen Crew has become the largest cracking group on the Internet, and the world too? Because of that, Iíve quit all the groups except UCF. Leaders of groups begged me to stay in groups, but I declined... You donít know how many friends I made on IRC, how many messages I got dialy...

In the meanwhile, on IRC I met a young girl, her nick was ^Tempest^. My first IRC g/f duh but we had fun :-) No, I wonít join any channel for sex or to look for girls eg. #teen4sex or #menneedwomen for example like that, I hang only at #za, #cracking, #ucf96, #pc96 etc. Believe me or not, I met most of girls at #za and #pc96 channels. #za was my best chatting channel, not only for South Africans, too bad Dianne and Ali3n couldnít get to a point, and Dianne and her friends moved to #moonbeam. Only Ali3n, Cyber and me, and a few friends hanged out there... Anyway, not long after that, I met Pandi, one of the hottest women I ever met on IRC, played cybersex with her too. But I realized cybersex game is sick, why play sex and break their hearts while I can do better things in real live? Well, I wonít say Iíll stop flirting with Ďem. And it was the last cybersex Iíll do in the future. Not long after that, I met many, many babes on IRC. One thing, you know me, I love to flirt but I wonít go too far to play with their hearts, but the problem is they donít know how to handle their hearts. Maybe, in real live, their boyfriends/husbands left them, or they are bored, or they want fun, anyway thatís how I met them. Most of babes, are friends only, not more or less... Not long after that, Marquis kicked me out of UCF, without a reason. My opinion was I think he was jealous coz PC released more cracks than UCF, I wonít know, but Marquis was still my friend. Oh well, nothing I could do about it.

December 1996, I announced to retire from Phrozen Crew, and left IRC, to spend more time in real live. I sold all my computers, oh fok, what did I do?!?? yea, coz I met a g/f... June 1997, I got a virus, I couldnít walk (really!), couldnít move, real pain, many tears, doctors couldnít find out what virus was it till July 1997, they found out it was bloody Bilharzia! But still I didnít get healthy, just a very little better, still canít walk. Many doctors, and specialists had no idea what it could be, and my old g/f was so nice to look after me. During July, at home in bed, while I had nothing to do, I wrote my first tutor, with a laptop I borrowed. Another friend at his work, has uploaded it to Thatdude to distribute it, not long after that, I wrote my second tutor. I wonít know how much people liked my tutors, remember, no computers, IRC etc.

August 1997, in the hospital again, I got a little healthy but my legs wonít let me walk, till a specialist found out why, one of my veins in my leg is calcificated! (Spelling? Again I forget how to spell it). Anyway they suggested me to remove the vein, to replace with a new one, oh fok.. Oh well, do it, I want walk again!! 65+/-centimetre cut in my leg, from my ankle to near my ballz (ouch!). After the operation, I can move my toes!! Woohoo! Not long after that, I wrote my third tutor. In the middle of September finally I can go to my home. Yes I can walk again.. :-) And I started work in October...

October 1997, back at work, finally, I decided to buy that laptop from a friend, I got in love with it, hehe. At work, during lunchtime, I played with IRC, and met friends finally, also decided to return to Phrozen Crew...

November 1997, I bought an external modem, 33.6k, and connected to my laptop, so I returned to #pc97. Finally at home... Nice to see PC people again, I remember how happy they were, then I continued with cracking shareware like hell. You donít know how long was a year I missed... But I couldnít use Softice on my laptop, 486 with 8meg RAM grin.. Not long after that, I wrote my 4th tutor, then again 5th tutor. WOW, I didnít know I was so famous... January 1998, I bought my first Pentium (P166, 64meg RAM, 6gig HDD, and a CDRW, oh yea a 56k modem too), finally I can play with Softice! :-) If it wasnít Powerlord, I wonít get a cheap machine. Now I can do more serials, and keygens, so I did more cracks, served people happily... Also seeing that Iíve learned much, I didnít flirt with babes on IRC much, met more babes, made friends. Also I met Taylor, flirted with her too, but sometimes she can be nasty, but sheís nice too. Weíre still friends, and that was the last flirting Iíll do till I met Jess..read below. I still donít know what is so special about myself, or what they see in myself. Am I too friendly? Did I say a word that make Ďem think Iím special? I wonít know, but I wonít flirt..enough is enough.. Maybe without my purpose I did... Also people (not babes only) told me Iím the most nice cracker on earth, they couldnít understand why other crackers arenít so nice like me...

May 1998, BRipper asked me if I would like to code Oscar 10.x and I would love to do it. Not long after that, 14th June, I released Oscar 10.0, oh boy, many people love it, I must say a big thanks goto BRipper for giving me a chance to do it! Not long after that, the rumours claimed thereís coming new US anti-cracking laws...

July 1998, I decided to leave the bank, and gave Ďem a 30-days notice before I resigned. I thought I can do better things at programming, than at the banks. The bosses in banks wonít give me a chance to do programming, is it because Iím deaf? bullshit Yes, I can do Pascal, Delphi, Basic, Visual Basic, Visual C++, C++ Builder, Cobol, Assembly, Clarion, Fortran, and a little Java. Thatís why I decided to leave... Kristina from Atlanta, has invited me to visit her and her husband, so I thought when I leave the bank, I could goto the college and do a quick programming course, and visit them in US for holiday. Perhaps I might find a job there, who knows? But a while ago, Taylor told me it would be nice if I goto her home too, as friends only, and try find a job there... So again I thought weíll see what we can do when Iím done with a course...till on 29th July, in #pc98, I saw Jess, a shy woman, but beautiful. I helped her quickly by kickbanned a guy, after he has insulted her, then on 4th August we continued with chatting. She has stoled my heart and me hers, where she became my IRC g/f... Now this is a hard piece of writing Iím trying to explain in words. Because of anti-cracking laws, because of too many members in PC, because of too Ďopení to public, I wanted do my best for PC, and discussed the problems with Archimede about it. This is a biggest mistake I ever made, by not discussing the problems with all of the PC members. Not long after that, on 13th September, I kicked most of the members, and declared: PC is dead. Our idea was to create a new group with another name, with a few PC members that werenít kicked. You wonít know how hard was that day, it felt like as if the world has stopped live. After a few days, the kicked members decided to recruite PC, on which I told them PC is dead, but again I decided to Ďkillí the new group, and take over PC, so I did. Bad move I made, then I felt I wasnít welcome at PC, I understood their positions, their feelings, their questions why I did do that. again I decided to retire from PC as a prez. After a few days Iíve heard they voted me, if I knew of that, I would stay in PC. But too late... Oh god, I was so in confusion, so many shit things in short time.. I think I had to pay for the glory. Itís a price I paid, what a prize I got. Believe me, Iíve cried... Luckily Jess was always there to comfort me... To all of PC members, and to PC fans: I know I havenít done that right to all of you, and I want apologize: Iím sorry, and forgive me for what Iíve done... October 1998, I continued with cracking, released my cracks at #cracks as independant. No, I had no desire to join any group, or to create a new group.

Middle of November 1998, after many pushes, I decided to create a new group, with no planning, CiA, Crackers in Action. Archimede and me discussed about that things again and no, this time he wonít tell me what to do, or I wonít listen him, just Iíll do my best as what as I think itís right. So he joined us as a SiteOp... Also I met the same shop owner from where I bought my first Pentium, and he asked me if I know the cracker or anybody to help him crack a Y2K proggie, (no, I wonít tell him Iím tKC) and I told him I can do it, he gave me the program. Next day I gave him the crack, wow that was fast he said. Before I could say a word, he gave me a new Pentium II (P2-266 with BIG ATX, 128meg RAM, 6gig HDD) wow, what a great gift! :-) December 1998, CiA grew fast, as on 31th December, we released 121 cracks in a month, 157 in total since CiA started, not bad to end the year with this...

January 1999, Still no job, I asked my friends to look out for anybody who needs their pcís fixed, or fix their software, anything Iíll do. So they contacted me where I should meet, or where I can goto to fix etc.. An extra buck is better than nothing... Also I was banned from #cracks, they claimed I tried to take over the channel, what a bullshit I ever heard! From that day I lost my interest at #cracks.. Not not after that.. poof 16th January, no phone at home, not enough to pay bills. Oh well, better to find a job now...

March 1999, Katrien visited me at home, nice to see her again, wondering where she has been since I saw her since last year at the function. Too busy with work etc, ah fine. Then I told her Iím still without a job, and no modem, thatís why I couldnít answer her emails etc. She said sheíll think about it, what she can do about it etc. I showed her all the programs I created, also underground programs, also I invited her to eat with me dinner. We played music, jokes, fun, chatted etc, just pretty good friends, not more or less. Later in night, when leaving my home, she said sheíll try her best about a job...

Next day, she phoned me to meet her at work, handed me R2000 and said thatís all she could do her best, oh fok, I wonít take that! Please take it, hmm I canít, I felt cheap. Ok, ok, Iíll take it and pay back one day where I can. A BIG thanks goto her... On 6th March, next day, I paid phone bills big, returned to IRC...

April 1999, Mekkie, a good friend of me, told me his another friend is looking for someone to fix his machine, letís call him Frank. So afternoon Frank came at my home and picked me up, went to his house, and fixed his machine, also served me with beer g. His wife was friendly to invite me for a dinner, but Frank decided to celebrate his friendship with me, weird, I never meet him before and I know him for a day and he wants celebrate! Okie, I stayed longer, and he phoned 2 girls, who work with him, seemed they are good friends. Anyway he told me not to worry, heíll bring me safely to my home, they arrived, nice girls, chatted and so we enjoyed a party.. And I was so drunk and sick, next day he took me home, and paid me too for fixing his machine, also I mumbled myself, not to meet him again.. Oh before I forgot, my birthday in April too, we had a big party, I was sick for a few days... May 1999, Mekkie told me Frank needed my service again, okie, we both went to his home, and fixed a modem problem. Also Frank asked me if I still use hearing aids, coz he could see I couldnít hear at all (I lost 2 aids at the swimming pool years ago, when a girl pushed me into a pool drunk I guess) I explained him I couldnít afford to buy a new ones, (it will cost me R14,000), so he understood and we left his home. Next day Frank arrived at my home and gave me a new hearing aid, huh? why? Coz I was nice to fix his computer and he never seen any deaf people in SA that could do that like me. Nice of him, thanked him and took his gift. (I found out it costs him R8,000) ouch I shouldnít complain... :-) June 1999, not much happened. Still without a job till today. I helped people/friends fixing their computers, and paid me, but still not enough to pay phone bills, and I needed money for food, flat etc. Sometimes I thought why not phreak? But I was scared I might get caught, so I stayed far away from the idea. I still came to IRC sometimes from my friendsí homes... July 1999 - January 2000, not much happened, I got a temp job at Internet Cafe for few months, very low salary but better than nothing.. and I enjoyed IRC every day...and also I joined ZAnet (South Africaís IRC server), not bad SA people I must agree but still they are assholes in comparing with oversea people with computers. But the hell with them, I didnít stop flirting with SA babes. sigh yea itís fun...

February 2000, Powerlord invited me to play Internet at his office, that night I met a beautiful girl on ZAnet, called Melany. Not long after, we met often and we became good friends. Then from Mekkieís home which I visited him often to play IRC, I met more girls from ZAnet, met them in real live too. Hell, it was fun! :-) Still flirting with them till today... May 2000, still no job but I donít give up. Those girls I met, sponsor me and I help them with computers and all......good friends helps me too....

September 2000, I found a job! Letís pray Iíll have to keep it for long time. So Iíll return to IRC as soon as I get a damn phone line!

9 October, now Iím ending this story with this words. Now youíve seen how I lived in real live, and in a cracking scene, also on IRC. I hope you understand my living, itís not as great as what you think. The glory has a dark side too, always, youíll have to pay for it too... About CiA, as on 09 Aug, we released 1859 releases in total since November 1998, not real bad, weíre still growing, give boys (and girls?) a chance :-) Weíre not trying to be the best cracking group, or not to race, just to serve people with our best as far as we can. To my fans: Iíll always be here to crack your programs, as far as I can. Iím not too old yet :-)

Cracking is in my blood...

My favourites:

Food: Seafood, and Steak/chips

Drink: Coke, and Coffee

Cigarettes: Chesterfield Lights

Clothes: Blue Jean, and any t-shirts (or wear pants only cool)

Cars: Ford Laser Sport, and if possible Lamborghini

Pets: Cats

Male Actress: Arnold Shwarzenneger (spelling? doh), and Jean Claude-van Damme

Female Actress: Sandra Bullock, and Claire Danes

Movies: Titanic, and Romeo & Juliet

Music Groups: Queen, and Bad Boys Blue, and Moderm Talking

Music Tracks: Repeated Love and Falling Into You

Male Singer: hmm, now you got me, what about Billy Idol?

Female Singer: Celine Dion

Music Album: Falling Into You

Book: any books written by Stephen King, and Hein G. Konsalik

Comedian: Leon Schuster

OS: Windows 2000

Shell: Windows Commander

Web Browser: IE5

Text/Doc Editors: MEW (Multi-Edit for Windows), and Office 2000 HEX Editor: HIEW (Hackerís View)

Debuggers: Softice & TRW2000 (for Win), and Gametools (for DOS), oh yea SmartCheck for VBís

Disassembler/Decompilers: W32Dasm and DeDe

Packers (ZIP/ARJ/RAR etc): WCís build-in packers

EXE Packers: UPX, and now ASPack 2000..

EXE Unpackers: Procdump, and Icedump (TRW2000 too!)

Language Compilers: Delphi, and VB

IRC Client: Pirch and ViSiON-X (not done yet)

Email Client: TheBat!

Search (Yahoo etc): Copernic Plus

Image Viewer: ACDSee/32

Image Editors: LViewPro, and iPhoto Plus.. now PhotoShop and Bryce..

Anti-Virus: NAV (Norton Antivirus)

CDRW Program: CDRWin..naahhh it sux.. NERO r0x ;)

CD Label Creator: cdrLabel

MP3 Compressor: AudioCatalyst

MP3 Player: AudioCatalystís new Player..naahhh it sux.. using my own version now ;)

Oh yea games?: WinSoko2, and Jigsaws Galore..oh yes.. Half-Life! Old games?: Old quest games from Sierra, with EGA versions Place where I would like to relax?: On the beach...

And with who?: with a million naked girls...

I hope thatís what you want know all about myself...

I would like to put my PersGreetz here, but Iím sure you understand I canít name up all your nicks, so many there are (a list would fit 50 cdís! ;)). So I give my greetz here to all of you, even if your nick isnít mentioned above in the story, it doesnít mean Iíve forgotten you.

Friends or not, crackers old and new), non-crackers, fans, families, all of you are included here:

PersGreetz goto all of YOU!!

And this story is dedicated to ALL the crackers...

10 October 2000,

tKC - The Keyboard Caper,

The Founder of PhRoZeN CReW/Crackers in Action 2000