I wish someone would release a good book on Metasploit. Every book and tutorial I've found has been either helpful but too short, out of date, or used an example which you couldn't follow along with (either because they used a feature in the paid for product or because they attacked a vulnerability in an old version of an application that you can't get anymore instead of using a vulnerability already in metasploitable n). In fact, if you want me to buy anything Metasploit related you should probably start by writing that book. Please, write that book, lol. I have no idea how to use your product.
Amazon has a few books available, the most popular called "Metasploit: The Penetration Tester's Guide" but is a little outdated (2011) and "Advanced Penetration Testing: Hacking the World's Most Secure Networks" which mentions metasploit for its teachings and its more recent (2017)
A matter of perspective. The phreakers would disagree, the age of MSIE is a dark age IMO, having services enabled by default whilst connected to WAN was ridiculous, and here the laws got more and more repressive throughout the years.
If you played computer games in 90s or used a computer in general you were deemed a geek or nerd. Nowadays everyone and their mother has a smartphone plus internet connectivity at home. Meanwhile, technology gets more dystopian but that also provides moral opportunities...
You're not wrong. I definitely have strong nostalgia feelings towards that time in my life. But I also know that the scene was much more relaxed, enthused, and fun in those days. Maybe some of it has carried over to now, but I highly doubt it.