A forgotten part of the 1990s is how homicidally scared adults were of any child that could use a computer.
@rotatingskull consider for example the absurdly paranoid restrictions placed on Mitnick. Such as not allowing him to directly use a phone while awaiting trial literally for fear he would hack into NORAD by whistling into a payphone to start WWIII as revenge for being arrested.
in my country (UK) this paranoia went right up to Unversity level, even if you *were* studying electronics/computer science (of course rather counterproductive) - Brits now wonder how/why a generation slippped back in in depth tech knowledge from the 1990s (in spite of Internet/online culture) until recently when the RPi went into production)
@samis @rotatingskull @LilFluff they (well the profs at my uni) really did *not* like students using the Internet for external traffic, especially to newsgroups and the WWW server (only one around then at info.cern.ch), and especially not those who bypassed local blocks by manuallly routing data to UCL and via BT to TU München (apparently I'd set off some kind of alarm at BT Tower doing this due to amount of data used/"foreign" web traffic)
in early 90s is UK Establishment was still fighting WW II in their heads as well as Cold War, TBH some folk here still think that way..
This is after all same country where otherwise normal/rational seeming people voted for Brexit,, last week someone (not a troll/joker, a genuine person) complained on comments of the local newspaper site that "immigration was a cause of traffic jams and *roadworks*!"
@rotatingskull homicidal would be a stretch, but i have this vivid memory of the massive dude who was superintendent of schools looming over me (perhaps a good 80 lbs soaking wet at this point) and declaiming, all spittle-flecked, about calling the sheriff. which sort of typified my experience of that era, i guess.
getting kicked out of english class for writing an assigned paper in pico in an ncsa telnet window...