I may have discovered the real identity of Krunchy (the Pirate). Because he has some
talent with computers and the Internet, I am woosing-out, as it were, by using this
fake ID myself, I do not have the time to engage in some protracted war with this
Here is what I found: While almost all of his .rar posts seem to come from a
professional compilation of Shopnotes (perhaps they once sold back issues on
CD-ROMs), the postings of issues 73-75 are different, they were done as single
issues. All of the underlying files are in Adobe pdf format.
Issue 75 seems to have been scanned by hand -- sort of neander-scanning. And, while
there is no info that I could find identifying a person in any of the other pdf files
(I'm an amateur, not an NSA whiz), in issue 75 there is a person named as "Author".
Because Krunchy used different names when posting here and at ABPW, including at
least once the name of someone who we know as a regular here, I am not going to
actually write here the name I found in the pdf file as the "Author", because it may
be a case of identity theft. But, if you download the appropriate files he posted at
alt.binaries.pictures.woodworking for issue 75 you can see for yourself who it SEEMS
Based on some basic googleforensics, the person named as the Author in issue 75 could
be the actual Krunchy. This person has posted here a number of times in the past
according to a Google Groups search, but not in about 6 months or more. Also, by
Googling the name listed as Author, I found someone with the requisite skill to have
done all of this, including some of his tech references and the ROT13 encoded text.
But AGAIN, the APPARENT Author may not be the actual perpetrator. While it would be
good to unmask Krunchy, I would not want to in any way incorrectly point at someone.
If Krunchy wanted to point the finger at someone else, why he would have taken the
name of someone who has not posted here in so many months to list as the Author,
rather than taking the name of someone who posted an objection to his efforts as a
"payback", I have no idea. My hunch is that Krunchy just slipped up. I could be
wrong. It's happened 1 or 2 times before, so I am told.
Anyway, FYI, y'all.