More info on Otmar Lendl
I was employed employed at the "Institut für Computerwissenschaften" as Studienassistent (comparable to the position of a RA) for three years, where I acted as postmasters, newsadmin and DNS Zoneadmin of "cosy.sbg.ac.at", and participated in some research concerning network measurements, escpecially over satellite links.
I toyed around with mailboxes reachable by public X.25 call, and thus had some contacts to the hacker scene of that days. That's how I got in mail-contact with the publishers of PHRACK magazine (that was before "Operation Sundevil").
We got our Internet connection in november '91. By then, I was working for the department and configured both DNS and the e-mail setup. In january '92 I managed to set up a newsserver, organize a feed and thus start to read Usenet. I can't remember the exact numbers, but Usenet produced less that 30 MB/day, and one of our suns managed to play newsserver without hardly any impact on the load. We ran on less than 300 MB spool for quite some time. I've found an old mail explaining my setup.
I've been following the hot topics in Usenet since then, focussing on Usenet itself (news.*), civil liberties, encryption, and connected newsgroups. Recently I have taken up cancelling spam. See my Usenet pages for details and the cancel reports. Please note that this activity is a private one, and in no way officially endorsed by the department of computer science, although supported by the relevant admins. My scripts for searching for spam and cancelling it are currently not public, and probably never will be.
Netrek is a 16-player graphical real-time battle simulation with a Star Trek theme. The game is divided into two teams of 8 (or less), who dogfight each other and attempt to conquer each other's planets. There are several different types of ships, from fast, fragile scouts up to big, slow battleships; this allows a great deal of variance in play styles.You can find me on most european servers under the name Telcontar. I play with ET in the INL, and with CH in the ENL.
Last summer the netrek community had a great come-together in Austria. A selection of my pictures of this event is online. Pictures from this year's meeting in Sundsvall are here.