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Wwwwwwwww.jodi.org (jodi.org)
93 points by napsterbr on Mar 17, 2014 | hide | past | web | favorite | 50 comments

There used to be a page on jodi.org that would crash your browser by constantly opening up new popup windows, without stopping. Ahh high school pranks in the computer lab.

I made one of those, and I was almost suspended in high school because I put a 'virus' on the shared drive.

Sounds like your school sucked as did my university. For me I was accused of hacking for using a word macro to fire up internet explorer (the machines were locked down and IE disabled - you had to use a Sun with Netscape for web access).

I think this is the first time I heard someone going through so much trouble to use IE.

IE4 was da bomb yo. At least when compared to Netscape 4.

That is hacking.

If that's hacking then security must be putting your hands over your ears, shutting your eyes and going la la la la.

Seriously the "security" measures were to remove the run box and the icon. That was it.

It's perfectly okay for part of your security solution to be telling your employees/students that "if you do X you will be fired/kicked out."

In fact, in any legit security policy, there has to be an explicit telling of users not to do certain things.

I'm not allowed to walk into the server room and plug in a cellular modem and start transferring things out to pastebin. There are just about zero technical countermeasures in place to stop such a thing.

So if a system is easy to hack, it's not hacking? You were clearly not intended to access IE, and you knew it, so you were intentionally breaking a wall that you knew you weren't intended to break. That's pretty much the definition of "hacking" in this context. Whether you needed 2 months of full time analytical cryptography, brute forcing and custom exploit discovery or a 3 line Word macro is completely besides the point.

The idea that because it's possible or easy, it's allowed, is ridiculous. Most crimes are easy to commit.

So indeed, not hacking, for technically able people, means that when faced with a security hole, you decide not to exploit it. I don't walk into people's homes that have the door unlocked either. You call that "putting your hands over your ears, shutting your eyes and going la la la la". Well, I hope you don't live near me.

EDIT: don't get me wrong, I did my share of high school hacking too. I don't condemn what you did. But own up to what it is. You were committing a (petty) crime, just like I was back in the days.

I completely agree with you that in fact this is "hacking" in the negative sense of the word (ie, accessing forbidden resources).

However, at least in this instance, let's not use the word "crime" to describe breaking school or corporate policies. Opening a harmless program that administrators took minimal steps to disable may have been breaking the school rules or policies, but it wasn't a crime.

We're already an over-criminalized society (at least here in the U.S.). We don't need any more "crimes", even if qualified as petty.

great point, I fully agree. Thanks!

Well it is hacking though.

We used to do a similar thing, they quickly abandoned trying to lock down IE afterwards.

Also all ".exe" were disabled. The solution? Rename q2.exe to q2.com and it ran like a peach.

or run command.com and type whatever exe you want

If that's hacking then security must be putting your hands over your ears, shutting your eyes and going la la la la

That's pretty accurate for many big companies.

Quite a few startups too.

Not only is that hacking, it is also witchcraft, which is punishable by being burnt on a stake. Not to mention the heresy calling for immediate excommunication, the hacker at hand here should be ashamed of him/herself for the ever terrible deed that (s)he had committed.

We had a network powered by Novell, and you could run any exe in Powerpoint by clicking on it during a slideshow. Through that, someone ran a QuakeWorld or Unreal Tournament server and distributed the game through the network drive.

I met my friend Alex by kicking his ass in UT.

From the gold times of the Internet


I always loved net art. One of my favorites from the mid 90's was http://superbad.com/

My favourite: http://11111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111...

(don't miss the "enter" button)

A more modern work in the same vein: http://tane.us/

So good! Thank you for that.

The site for the film Requiem For a Dream was always one of my favorites. It was still online as of a couple years ago but appears to finally be gone. But thankfully here's an archive:


Seems like this was before my time. What exactly am I looking at here?

Completely offtopic, but (now) many years ago, Flight of the Conchords did an HBO comedy special, which fared so well that it ultimately led into their comedy series, "Flight of the Conchords". I immediately fell in love with their songs, their act, etc., and sought out as much of their material as I could... which, at the time, meant ordering the 1 album I could find, from New Zealand, and spending an arm and a leg getting it shipped to the United States.

Years later, they finally showed up on a blog, and their first post addressed the exact question that I had about them, "Why did it take us so long to get a website?". The answer, loosely paraphrased, is that they'd spent years arguing over how many Ws to put in front of the domain. Bret wanted 7 Ws, while Jemaine wanted 8. Ultimately, they realized that they could only have 3, and finally got over that hurdle, and the website came together in rapid fashion with that hurdle cleared.

There was a whole school of Web "design" prior to about 2005 that was really mindblowing. It was essentially a marriage between experimental graphic design and some of the interactivity nascent technologies like JavaScript, the DOM, Shockwave, and Flash could provide. I don't want the Web to go back there but I do miss it and think we've lost a lot of amazing work to the ages.

I'm not sure where many of the people went either. There was a huge online collective of these folks called the Swank Army and finding almost anything about it now is ridiculously hard. I only have one person in my contacts from that era.

Me either.

I also think design has lost something major by losing these people. Much of the cutting edge site design today feels throwback compares to Jodi

Whoa, blast from the past! I remember loading this up when I was on dialup!

Right? This site was one that got me excited about making shit.


View the source of the index page, the art looks good there. :)

so the source looks like a nuclear bomb tutorial.

If you're interested in learning more about digital art like this, here's a website I remember reading in a college class: https://wiki.brown.edu/confluence/display/MarkTribe/New+Medi...

It references Jodi as well.

That's a good book alright, I did not know aout that site tho, thanks ! this book is also worth a read for anyone interested in the subject:


Judging by the fact that it uses BLINK tags and all the tags are in CAPS, this will be pretty old.

Last-Modified: Sat, 24 Mar 2001 02:53:17 GMT

There was one which url was a suite of 0 and 1, and to me it was the best, drawing a very deep click-tree of randomness. If someone still has the url, I'd be happy to know if it is still alive.

the url sounds like this but not the content


Yes, not the same content.

"This site was categorized in: Games, Pornography"

Bah. Corporate censorship...

Thanks for this. Not too common that good art appears here.

You class this as good art? I just thought it was a bit of a weird site.

Ahhh, the days before "responsive" design...

trend micro blocks this domain as malicious, fyi.

Can someone not on an iPhone post a screenshot?


dafuq. Indeed

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