Jake Davis—perhaps better known as Topiary, mastermind behind crazy Internet assaults during the summer of 2011—is out on bail with one obvious condition: no Internet. Now, 12 months after his heyday, he's decided to reflect on his experience, and his new Internet-free life, and wrote about it in the Guardian.
It must have been a massive change of pace to go from running a frenetic, over-active hacking group, to never touching the Internet at all, but Davis says the change has been good for him. He wrote in the Guardian:
...I can confidently say that a permanent lack of internet has made me a more fulfilled individual. And as one of many kids glued to their screens every day, I would never before have imagined myself even thinking those words. Before, the idea of no internet was inconceivable, but now – not to sound as though it's some kind of childish and predictable revelation spawned as a result of going cold turkey – I look back on the transcripts of my online chats (produced as legal evidence in my case, in great numbers) and wonder what all the fuss was about.
That's not to say the total depravation has been easy. He also mentions annoyance of not being able to just Google things, and how things are admittedly a little more boring. It's interesting to hear the thoughts of someone who was once practically grafted to the Internet, but is now completely detached from it. You can read Davis' entire article over at the Guardian. [The Guardian]