About

A former Silly Clone Valley nerd now teaching calculus and repairing computers on Kauai.

Life is good if you can pwn it.

2 Responses to About

  1. Michael Kilby says:

    Hello Mike! Found the wordpress address on your Facebook page, and thought I’d check it out. The typo in the quote on your “about” page made me wonder (not really) … whether “pwn” was supposed to be “own”, or “pawn”. Either version has potential! Regards, Michael Kilby

    • mutecypher says:

      Mike –

      “pwn” isn’t a misspelling. Here’s the meaning from Wikipedia

      “pwn” is a leetspeak slang term derived from the verb own, as meaning to appropriate or to conquer to gain ownership. The term implies domination or humiliation of a rival,used primarily in the Internet-based video game culture to taunt an opponent who has just been soundly defeated (e.g., “You just got pwned!”).

      In hacker jargon, “pwn” means to compromise or control, specifically another computer (server or PC), web site, gateway device, or application. It is synonymous with one of the definitions of hacking or cracking. The Pwnie Awards are awarded by a group of security researchers.[4]

      Popularity of the term among teenagers rose in the mid-2000s, with the spread from the Internet written form to use in spoken language

      Mike P.

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