Back in the early tech boom days, I worked with a guy we'll call James. A superior technician, he could repair almost any system in any state and was one to be bowed down to in any IT crisis -- like the ILoveYou Virus that took him only 3 hours to fix when many companies were down for days. I was a junior tech back then and certainly was in awe of his IT skills. However, I learned the hard way that there was another side to James.
When we weren't in the office, James and I were roving technicians for our company. We went from site to site across North America as our larger travel shop bought out smaller ones. Part of these visits would usually include termination of the current System Admin(s) and "removing" the System Admin laptops for "Security purposes," to which I was unaware eventually went home with James and up for sale on eBay. His mannerisms never gave any indication to the real purpose of removing the laptops and he gave no one any reason to question what was going on -- it was just part of the process.
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One of James' other "skills" is the one that bit me hard. At one point I decided to upgrade my home entertainment system from basic cable to satellite. I talked to James about it over lunch one day. He listened intently and then leaned in close and said, "Can I trust you?" To which I replied, "Yes." He said, "Let me drop by tonight and I'll hook you up on channels and PPV -- for free." We chatted a bit more about my innocence in the area of pirating satellite services and how it's almost expected that people hack the satellite provider so as to encourage better encryption. "It's all good," he said.
True to his word, James dropped by, whipped out his laptop and a smart card reader to which he plugged my satellite card into, ran a couple of commands, and placed my satellite card back in the receiver. He laughed as I scrolled through channels normally not accessible to one in my area, and then he showed me the golden ticket: PPV channels. James told me he took advantage of our Canadian travels and purchased items known at that time as gray area satellite decryption tools which were used legally (although controversially) in Canada to receive American channels that a Canadian could not normally subscribe to.