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vCity 1.0
by Dr. Adam L. Gruen

20 days in the life of a 21st century virtual city simulation.

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by Nicholas Carroll

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The call came in at 8 a.m. sharp. The guy was frazzled, but they always are. It was the usual story: missing emails, failed web site -- even the guy's dog hates it. Plus he can't add new products, because the designer has locked him out of his own site. Looked like another Web site hostage rescue operation. You'd think people would be more careful who they sleep with.

At least the poor sap had some money left. I ran a whois on the InterNIC. Registered in the designer's name ... so what's new? An ugly business, unless you like filling out NIC forms.

But the first thing was to rescue the code and images, with no one the wiser. This baby was stuffed to the gills with .cgi. We'd need it later. I tried a soft probe on the server, but no go. I was going to need Fred the Mole for this one. I emailed him and started downloading images....





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