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The FBI, A Severely Confused Okie, And A Linux Distro

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This severely confused Okie goes to his city website and finds the default unconfigured Apache homepage for his website instead of the regular page. And on that page it listed the operating system, CentOS, a Linux distro. So then he calls up CentOS and tells them he's going to call the FBI on them if they don't stop hacking his website. Turns out, the web hosting provider's website hardware crashed, was rebuilt, and they had not yet restored his website from tape!

Here's the actual story in more detail...

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2006/03/24/tuttle_centos/

This is classic!

I also love the guy's heated exclamation, "I am computer literate! I have 22 years in computer systems engineering and operation."

Here's his photo:

http://www.tuttle-ok.gov/index.asp?Type=B_BASIC&SEC=%7BCC5DEFB6-1B2A-4783-A5F8-A92275C95081%7D

And then see the funny, mean pictures that people on the Internet made of this guy...

http://forums.fark.com/cgi/fark/comments.pl?IDLink=1983060

All I have to say is, it's too bad he didn't just pop over to nuxified.org and ask for technical help fighting this so-called hacker. We would have laughed a little and cleared the mess up, saving him all this abuse.

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Way to completely ignore what's being said! Laughing

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Poor Jerry A.
If he is growing more friendly in his city .. it sure doesn't show. Perhaps he should go bask in the park and mediate on his sins.

We had a manager with the middle initial A .. and we did not think it meant "arthur" nor in this case as well.

What a creep. Alas, the previous computer generation trained him that way. He is so used to "support." he smells like an old IBM AS/400 programmer.

He also was used to getting his way at Raython for 22 years .. a gov't beltway bandit with deep pockets and LOTS of support.

.. yet in today's world, esp with a distro like CENTOS which is done on a shoestring and a prayer .. you just are not going to get support almost at any price.

.. and his ISP is probably also on a shoestring or they would have supported him.

he does say
Please call me, or come by my office at City Hall. My door is always open and I answer all calls. Click on my name to send an email.

(but he removed his email, and his phone .. and presumably you cannot go visit.)

fishing for greatness,
olddog.

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terrible isp

I found it...
http//www.govoffice.com/

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I've read this story and it sure was hillarious. It's hard to find a way to explain the misunderstanding here without saying that the guy is just plain.. er.. how do I put it.. I better not put it at all. Rolling Eyes

I feel kind of sorry for the Tuttle guy actually.. at least because of all the riddicule he's inevitably recieving now, though he indeed is the one pretty much responsible for it.

But I guess even things like that happen, so there it goes. Smiling

CentOS crew showed itself in good light in this case though, so that's at least one healthy conclusion to get out of this..

"olddog" wrote:

(but he removed his email, and his phone .. and presumably you cannot go visit.)

Well I can imagine why he would rather keep a low profile after this. Not talking to anyone and not accepting visits is one way to go about that. Eye

Btw, welcome aboard olddog. :smt001

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Re: The FBI, A Severely Confused Okie, And A Linux Distro
"supermike" wrote:

All I have to say is, it's too bad he didn't just pop over to nuxified.org and ask for technical help fighting this so-called hacker. We would have laughed a little and cleared the mess up, saving him all this abuse.

So true. Sticking out tongue

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Typical example of someone who did not read
http://www.catb.org/~esr/faqs/smart-questions.html

"I don't care what you say, my problem is your responsibility, even if it is not, now get hopping you insect!"

By the way, I didn't think it was funny.