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The source of my username

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Back in 1995 (yes, the last century) I was beginning to stay online for hours. Being a typical 15 year old male, I got into the chat rooms, and flirted my ass off.

HAVOC t-shirt fromplainhavocIn AOL's chat system, there was a room called "Doers" which I believe still exists to this day. There were the regular members, who were online nearly every day who we called "regs" for short. Some of these regs were wannabe hackers, and loved to challenge each other, and police the room with programs they created. This small group of regs were called the "Lo0niz". Now most of these Lo0niz had a prefix to their names... "plain". I don't know if this word had any special meaning to the group. I never asked. It just served to identify each other.

After a while, I got to know these people. Some were wonderful programmers, and still are. Some are software designers today, some, I understand even made it to prison for their deeds, but I won't go into that here. I was no programmer, but I knew how to download programs, or "progz" as known at the time, so they let me into the group. I had to find a cool, new name to fit in.

Now being 15 in school, you're forced (at least in the time I attended) to read Shakespeare for Literature, English, or just about any subject at one point or another. Julius Caesar was something I had been reading as a torture regimen, otherwise known as homework for a couple of weeks. The quote "Cry Havoc, and let slip the dogs of war" stuck out. I had heard it somewhere before.

Being a Star Trek fan (Star Wars, and general Science Fiction fan) I realized it was something Khan had screamed just before his demise in Star Trek, the Undiscovered Country. Anyway, the internet being what it was at that time, I searched for the definition of havoc, and it's history throughout wars of the old world.

Since this group used organized chaos, instilled panic, and gave disorder to any computer system that was used against it, the name was perfect for such a group. plainhavoc became the name. The older style HaCkErTyPe , a mix of alternating upper and lower case, was used in most of the other names, so PlAiNHaVoC became the norm.

Now this name is used in several email addresses around the world, Various Virtual Worlds, and the moniker "HaVoC" has been used to replace the traditional name in many facets of my life.

I do have one loose end in the Philippines. A resident there uses the same name in one forum about tech. It is not me, and we are not related. Eventually, he will see the light that there can be only one :p

Ok, Back online now, and I think everything is finally stabilizing. Seems like I was living in the center of a volcano there for a bit. Hope to see you all soon!


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