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Checking in With the Ol' Script Kiddie (and some thoughts about transistors)

2021-08-12

I was checking my log file. And, it looks like the script kiddie who's been trying to attach to my server's ssh daemon for like-- two and a half years finally gave up. The last failed attempt I see from Tor is August eighth (2021). lol. I guess the poor, dumb bastard finally learned how to read a log file. I've had the keyword "ALL" in my system's hosts.deny file for sshd for at least a couple of years. The inexperienced cracker has been receiving an error message from my server's secure shell daemon for this entire period of time. Any person with half a brain would have figured this out (literally) years ago. It just goes to show you-- knowing how to download another person's script does not make you a knowledgeable cracker. And, the real hackers (like me) will always outsmart lazy ass-holes who can't be bothered to learn one new thing. btw-- it *may* be possible to add your network's external IP to my system's hosts.allow file from the internet. I'm not saying that's true, per se. I mean-- that's a crazy idea. Like-- how would that even be possible?? But, you know-- maybe that could be accomplished under the right circumstances. Hmm....

I was reading about transistors a few weeks ago. I was curious how they actually work. Sure, I've read explanations written by many "experts" supposedly "explaining" what a transistor is and how it can close and open a circuit. But, I have never examined an article or post that outlined the procedure in a way that makes sense. And, I still have not uncovered a clear explanation about what a transistor is and how one works. After poking around the commi-webz for a half hour (and pouring some serious thought into semiconductors and electron "doping"), I finally unraveled the mystery on my own (as usual). And, I decided to share my discovery with you (my beloved Witty News patrons).

When people attempt to explain how transistors work, they usually demonstrate that current can flow from a transistor's emitter to its base (when using the correct convention that electrons flow to positively charged "holes"). To me, this is confusing (and, possibly incorrect). I like to think of a transistor base as being a divider (constructed from P-N junctions) that is preventing current from flowing. In order to allow current to flow, the net charge of the base should match that of the so called "collecter" and "emitter". Once the three semiconducter plates' net charges match, current will flow from a power supply (i.e. electrons will flow from a power supply into a PNP transistor or electrons will flow from an NPN transistor to a power supply, looping the current flow (closing a circuit)).

The way to enable the base's net charge to match the collector and emitter's net charges is to attach it to the same type of charge that is present in the base's counterparts. So (in order to enable electron flow), a positively charged base should be attached to a negatively charged cathode (ground). And, a negatively charged base should be attached to a positively charged anode (positive terminal). Basically, this will "drain" the base's net charge-- transforming it into the net charge of a transistor's emitter and collector. When people start talking about current flowing from a base to an emitter (or, the other way around)-- Jesus Christ, wtf does that have to do with anything?? That is just confusing (to me). Therefore, I prefer to think of a base as a type of electron or proton "sink" that must be drained in order to enable current to flow. You are welcome.

I have not been working much on Insanely Witty Stupidity projects for the past one and a half months. As predicted, my girlfriend coming down to visit has kept me pretty busy. lol. I have been reading Hailey's Comet (brutally dissected edition) off and on when I have time. And, I've begun making a list of typos present in the final product. Apparently, I missed a few. I plan on repairing the story (only some minor changes that are barely noticeable) and releasing a second version when I am finished. I'll probably start doing that with Insanely Witty Stupidity's literature-- and accumulating lists of varying versions with minor numbers (like, "version 1.1", "version 1.2", etc). If I decide to make drastic changes to a project, I may switch to a new major version number (e.g., "version 2.0"). So, look forward to that. I have some ideas for artwork to decorate the Hailey's Follies portals. And, I plan on finishing book two of the series when I get more time to work (which is never). I also plan on adding a search feature to Insanely Witty Stupidity's "old news" portal. So, check on those from time to time. ;)

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