The Cheshire Catalyst

Amazing 'Shoulder Surfers' Since 1975™


A shoulder surfer is someone
who watches over your shoulder
as you "surf" the ARPAnet Internet.

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I attended Defcon 25

And won 3rd Place in the Full Beard Catagory of the
DefCon Beard and Moustsache Competition.
Thanks to Annie V at Hair Cuttery for the trim before I left.

"I am not a leader.
I am a loner with people who happen to
walk in the same direction as me."

- The Cheshire Catalyst answering a question about his
leadership position in the computer hacking communitty.

Then a buddy of mine sent me the following:
“If your actions inspire others to dream more,
learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.”
          -John Quincy Adams

Link to my Birthday Article

Link to my Leap Second Page
Placed on the site on 2016-12-31
(There is no Leap Second scheduled for the end of 2018)

Why a hacker isn't always a Supervillain

, an article from Security week.Com.

In 2016 I spoke at The Eleventh HOPE

The PHuture of PHreaking
2016-07-22 10:00 amEDT
The Eighteenth Floor

Listen to the talk
Watch the video

In 2018, I also spoke at:

When I need encrypted Text Messaging, I use SIGNAL
Shouldn't you?    
           - Cheshire

Don't Become A Phishing Victim from KnowBe4 on Vimeo.

Say, did you come here looking for a History of Hacking?
Click the link.

Cheshire's Post HOPE Web Pages

Pages with links based on the Hackers On Planet Earth conferences

Have you discovered the ID Ecosystem Group yet?

Read my most recent article in 2600 Magazine

Help get the the documentary
Hack This Movie
produced. Please:
Titusville FL 2600 Gathering
1st Friday of each month

Playalinda Brewing Co
305 S Washington Ave (US-1 Northbound)
Titusvile   FL   32796
Melbourne FL 2600 Gathering
1st Friday of each month

Sun Shoppe Cafe
free Wi-Fi
540 E New Haven Ave. 5:30 pm
Melbourne   FL

And a little child shall lead them
Or someone with a child like imagination

I wanted to attend, but couldn't.
I feel like I've missed Woodstock. Again.
> The program said "Requires Windows 98
> or better to run properly." So I
> installed Linux.
Got a Blue Box?
Visit ProjectMF.Org to find an Asterisk PBX
that will accept Multi Frequency tones.
Android Blue Box App
iPhone Blue Box App

Are you ready to SIP the Kool-Aid®?
Study up on Session Initiation Protocol
The "Internet Method" of telephone switching
Buy Cheshire's book!
Of course They're Secrets
They're In The Manual

Includes images of back issues
of the TAP and YIPL newsletters.

Terror Alert Level
The color of the muppet above
represents the current
Terror Alert Level

Welcome to my Home Page

The Cheshire Catalyst is Richard Cheshire, former editor of the
TAP Newsletter. Folks either call him Chesh or Cheshire.
People who don't know him, read his name tag and call him Richard.
Only salesmen ever try to call him Dick. There are those who have
known him for years who still call him Ozzie, however.

A towel is about the most massively useful thing an interstellar
hitchhiker can have... any man who can hitch the length and breadth of
the Galaxy, rough it, slum it, struggle against terrible odds, win through
and still know where his towel is, is clearly a man to be reckoned with.
  - The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, by Douglas Adams

Did you enjoy my latest article in
2600 Magazine?
Don't you have a Smart Watch yet?

Looking for your Public Service or Utility Commission?Visit the
NARUC List of State Web Sites
of the National Association of Regulatory Utiltiy Commissioners.
October is National Cyber Security Month
Root Your Kindle
NPR's story

Using eBook readers as small tablets.

You won't see many messages from me, but I've got it.
ACLU Bust Card
Do's and Don'ts when they come in through the bedroom window.

Hey Kids!
would you like a
Rotary Dial Cell Phone!

Spread Firefox Affiliate Button
You've heard about it.
Now download it!

That's What The Parenthesis is for, a future article.

Stop the MPAA

OK, Kevin's Free. I'm happy for the fellow. But 2600 is now under fire from the Motion Picture Association of America, the MPAA. Yess, the people who "rate" motion pictures for the public. They are also "Keepers of the Intellectual Property" for DVD's. 2600 meerly pointed Hyperlinks at DVD Decoding Software, and got their ass sued. Fortunately, the Electronic Frontier Foundation has come to their financial aid in the matter, but 2600 needs our support.

Buy Their Shirt
And Wear It To The Movies!

Even The New York Times has taken notice!

Cheshire's Adventures

Tales of Cheshire's adventures are being compiled for a book. You may read the sections that are now available aboutTelex Networks (and a small Introduction to Telex), varioussidebars, and (of course) half a dozen anecdotes about his Drug Of Choice,Coffee! Check out the Table of Contents, then Buy the Book!

Japanese translation of my Telex Article is now available on the Web. The Telex Primer in Japanese is also available.

Of course, if you'd just rather read something about him, there's the 1982 article from "Technology Illustrated" magazine. Don't be surprised if this clueless journalist gets the technical details wrong. He did the best he could do. (Oh, and I should warn you that there is just alittle hyperbole in use - Hell, I didn't reccognize myself in there!)

Here's a Definition of me found while doing an "ego scan" of "CheshireCatalyst" on Google.


Now It Can Be told!
How I Got My Very Own Area Code!


If you're interested, you can read

Cheshire's Views on Electronic Commerce.

Don't Miss The Capitol Steps

Surgeon General's Warning:
The Capitol Steps will cause your sides to split.
-C. Everett Koop, 1/6/89


We could drop the first two letters from Google...

How I Spent My Summer Vacation
(Summer 2000)

I Spoke At


H2K, or HOPE 2000, was the third Hacker's On Planet Earth conference put on by2600 Magazine, "The Hacker's Quarterly" which was held at the Hotel Pennsylvania in New York City July 14-16. I spoke on:

Check Out The
Electronic Press Clippings
From H2K!

Latest News

A Documentary on Hackers includes H2K Coverage, with an interview with me.

Announcing the

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Join The Club!


In the John Travolta movie "Swordfish", his character talked about alot of movies, but he never explained the title of the film itself.The reason that "Swordfish" is the ultimate password is based on the Marx Brothers movie "Horse Feathers" (1932) in which Chico says,
Hey, what's a matter? You no understand English? You can't come in here unless you say "swordfish". Now, I give you one more guess.
A resolution passed by the Cartoonists Association of America states that any timea password is given in a comic in the newspaper, it shall be the word "Swordfish".Now you know why.
The Swordfish Routine - Text.
The Swordfish Wave File
The Youtube of the video

Cheshire's Post HOPE Web Pages

Pages with links based on the Hackers On Planet Earth conferences

Cheshire wearing t-shirt that says 'Suspect'

"He's not only cute, but
he's fun in bed, too!",
     - Ms. L.F. of Astoria, NY

NPR says:
Infrequent Sex, Exercise May Raise Risk Of Heart Attack
so have sex frequently!

The Cheshire CatalystsSecrets of Windows for Newbies.
My own little FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) Page for the Manual Impaired. These aren't really secrets, but since they're in the manual that no one reads, they might as well be. My motto, you know, is "Share The Knowledge".

The Cheshire Catalyst'sInternet Secrets.
Sure, some internet users are clueless. So here's a few clues.

The Cheshire Catalyst'sTutorial for Writing Web Pages.
Something I'mstill throwing together for friends who want to have their own web pages. It's still in-work, so let me know if there's something you still need explained. (There is also a web site full ofVarious Windows stuff tutorials)

Cheshire's Law:

You can't break the rules, but
once you know what they are,
you can abuse the hell out of them!

  [Wired Magazine cover] You can read an article (from 1996!) that I still think is amazing!! ==>

Wired Magazine has thisincredible article on undersea telecommunications cables!
I expect that only Phone Phreaks and Telecomm Geeks will really get into it, though. A particularly geeky site visited by The Techno Tourist was the Porthcurno Telegraph Museum in Cornwall, England. This is where overseas cables come ashore for Great Britain.

    If you're going to read the article,don't do it while on-line (it'smuch too long). Download it first, and save it to your disk. Then read it at your leisure. (please remember, this was put on this page in 1997, during the Dial-Up Era)

  1. Click on the magazine cover to bring up the article.
  2. Click on "File" in the menu bar (or hit ALT-F)
  3. Within theFile menu, click on "SaveAs". (or hit the A key - the underlined letters are Clues)
  4. Use the features in the "Save As" window to change directories (folders) and to rename the file what you'd like.

Things That Amuse Me

  • YAHOO's Phone Phreak Hyper-Links. Well, you'dexpect me to have links like this, wouldn't you? But, why should I wastemy 3 megabytes of disk space, when these guys getpaid to keep this stuff up to date? Sorry, re-inventing wheels isnot in my job description.

  • Some Security Stuff

    Telephone EquipmentMobile Phone Stuff

    Other Stuff
  • Technical Surveilance & Counter Measures, a site with information on bug frequencies, and other surveilance information.
  • The Emergence of a Global Infrastructure for Mass Registration and Surveillance
  • Why E-Mail Is Like A Penis, a humorous bit of e-mail I received. Shortly after that, I received a "chain letter" from TaRtHeAd onWhy Chocolate is Better Than Sex. (Hey TaRtHeAd! Where'd ya go?)
  • The Church of the Subgenius is ready for you, ifyou are ready for Bob! Please take your sense of humor with you when you click on this.
  • The Cartoon Bank is an archive of cartoons from The New Yorker magazine. (Thanx, Tephyr)
  • I got interviewed by Iron Feather Magazine at Defcon 9. You can Listen to the interview if youdownload RealPlayer (or have it on yourcomputer already).
  • DefCon Media Files, Inserted here when I started planning to attend DefCon 25 in 2017.
  • An old song I wrote has shown up on the Web. I sang it on Swiss Television once, which probebly explains why it's in English, as well as translated into German!
  • Find your name on the Internet,

  • Internet Pushes Polyamory to Its 'Tipping Point'


    Named Links

    When theBeyond HOPE hackers conference was still on this home page, Named Links would take you directly to the part of the page without wasting your time to find them. If you've followed a named link from somewhere, and gotten here, please click on the Key Word below to get you where you now need to go to. Please e-mail me atCheshire@2600.Com if you think this was a good or a bad idea. I really need the feedback. Thanx!

    If the named link that got you here isn't listed below, it has "timed-out". My apologies, but what took you so long?:-)>
    The "Blue Balls" (above - asterisks on non-graphic browsers) have the named links connected to them. That's what got you here. Feel free to copy the technique.

    *The Beyond Hope Press Clippings, news reports generated on The Web about the conference.
    *Wired Magazine called me a Patron Saint! Here's the link to their report.
    *A Collegiate Study of Hackers, which I seem to have dropped out of, for some reason.

    All You Can Meet

  • My Political Agenda

    Soccer Has Reached America!

    But let's play the world's game by the world's rules.

    In my identity as a mild-mannered gas cylindertester for a small obscure Space Shuttle subcontractor (I don't work there any more - I'm retired now), I was a Volunteer at theOrlando venue of World Cup 94, the world's most prestegious soccer match.I'm a computer geek, not a sports jock, but I support socccer as a gametherest of the world loves, that America is just getting into. It is also agame that we Americans are not trying to shove down the world's throat! Ilike that. ;-)>

    Click Here for World Cup Gear!

    What? You haven't figured out why I consider International Sports to bepolitical in nature? e-mail me at Cheshire@2600.Com, and I'll be happy to discuss it.

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    Richard Cheshire
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