The Cheshire Catalyst

Amazing 'Shoulder Surfers' Since 1975™


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

"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

Have you discovered the ID Ecosystem Group yet?

The Tenth HOPE Conference
The Hotel Pennsylvania, New York City
2014-07-18 to 07-20

Cheshire's Post HOPE Web Pages

Pages with links based on the Hackers On Planet Earth conferences

Read my article in a recent issue of 2600 Magazine

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

Ember Hookah Bar
317 S Washington Ave (Julia Pl)
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.
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Using eBook readers as small tablets.

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

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

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SpoofCard Caller ID Spoofing

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The color of the muppet above
represents the current
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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?
How I Got Firefox To Accept The TEL Tag And Place Phone Calls From Web Pages

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 about Telex Networks (and a small Introduction to Telex), various sidebars, 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 a little 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 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...


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'sa 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 time a 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

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 Catalysts Secrets 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's Internet Secrets.
Sure, some internet users are clueless. So here's a few clues.

The Cheshire Catalyst's Tutorial for Writing Web Pages.
Something I'm still 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 of Various 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 I still think is amazing!! ==>

Wired Magazine has this incredible 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's much 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 the File menu, click on "Save As". (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'd expect me to have links like this, wouldn't you? But, why should I waste my 3 megabytes of disk space, when these guys get paid to keep this stuff up to date? Sorry, re-inventing wheels is not in my job description.
  • Some Security Stuff

    Telephone Equipment Mobile Phone Stuff

    Other Stuff