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The Cuckoos Egg is a story of persistence love for ones work and is just plain funny The story starts out with Clifford Stoll being recycled to a computer analystwebmaster Cliff as he is affectionately called is a long-haired ex-hippie that works at Lawrence Berkeley Lab He originally was an astronomer but since his grant wore out he became a mainframe master He was glad that instead of throwing him out into the unemployment office the Lab recycled their people and downstairs he went to the computer lab A few days after he becomes the master of the mainframe his colleague Wayne Graves asks him to figure out a 75cent glitch that is in the accounting system It turns out that a computer guru Seventek seems to be in town None of his closest friends know that The Lab becomes suspicious that it might be a hacker To fill you in who Seventek is he is a computer guru that created a number of programs for the Berkeley UNIX system At the time he was in England far from computers and civilization The crew does not what to believe that it would be Seventek so they start to look what the impostor is doing Cliff hooks up a few computers to the line that comes from the Tymnet Tymnet is a series of fiber-optic cables that run from a major city to another major city So if you were in LA and wanted to hook up to a computer in the Big Apple you could call long distance have a lot of interference from other callers and have a slow connection or you could sign-up to Tymnet and dial locally hop on the optic cable and cruise at a T-3 line The lab had only five Tymnet lines so Cliff could easily monitor every one with five computers teletypes and five printers That was the difficult part where to get all that equipment At graduate
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