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HOPE ANNOUNCEMENT SET FOR MONDAY
17 October 2019, 11:26 am

As mentioned in the new issue of 2600, we've set Monday, October 21st as the date where we make public what our plans for the future of HOPE are. The recent tripling of costs at Hotel Pennsylvania put the entire future of the conference in jeopardy and we've been working all summer (and now it's apparently autumn) to try and find solutions. We appreciate all of the well wishers who have written in and really given us the strength to move forward. You can still write to us at hope@hope.net.

Please also help us spread word of our brand new DRM-free PDF version of our new issue. Every purchase helps in both the continued operations of 2600 and future projects like HOPE. You can get your copy here.


UPDATE ON WBAI AND "OFF THE HOOK'
17 October 2019, 10:44 am

On October 15th, District Judge Engelmayer (Southern District of New York) extended the New York State Supreme Court’s temporary restraining order (TRO) from October 18th through the end of the next hearing, which is scheduled for next Monday, October 21st. Prior to the hearing, the parties are to submit briefs in support or opposition of the extension of the TRO.

While Pacifica has been ordered not to lay anyone off at WBAI, they have refused to allow them to operate the station and automated programming from California continues to be piped in with no local broadcasting permitted. This includes "Off The Hook" which has been kept off the air for the past couple of weeks.

The hearing will take place Monday, October 21st at 3pm in Courtroom 1305 at the  U.S. Courthouse, 40 Centre Street, New York, NY. You can email the Pacifica National Board to voice your opinion at pnb@pacifica.org.

 


NEW 'Off The Wall' ONLINE
15 October 2019, 6:08 pm

NEW 'Off The Wall' ONLINE

Posted 16 Oct, 2019 1:08:41 UTC

The new edition of Off The Wall from 15/10/2019 has been archived and is now available online.


AUTUMN ISSUE OF 2600 RELEASED
15 October 2019, 8:36 am

The Autumn issue of 2600 is now out. And this one is pretty historic.

For the first time, we're offering a brand new issue in DRM-free PDF format. This is an experiment to see if we can reach all kinds of new people - or old people we've lost touch with over the years for one reason or another. You can help by spreading the word in whatever way you can. Of course, we still have all of the other digital formats (Kindle, Nook, Google Play) plus the standard paper edition.

We've also made the paper edition much easier to find. If you're in the United States, simply click here for a handy guide to all of the known stores that sell 2600. Of course, nothing beats the ease of subscribing and having issues sent directly to you.

And regarding those other digital formats, you can find them all here.

 


LOCKOUT AT WBAI - "OFF THE HOOK" INDEFINITELY SUSPENDED - UPDATE
7 October 2019, 11:41 am

On the morning of October 7, 2019, staffers at WBAI in New York were locked out and all programming suspended. According to the Pacifica Foundation (parent of WBAI), this was done due to "serious and persistent financial losses at WBAI." This necessitated the foundation laying off all the staff.

But, as with most things, it's not quite that simple. For one, the implication that WBAI is responsible for all of Pacifica's financial woes is simply not true. There has long been hostility towards WBAI from other members of the network who believe that too much money is being spent on New York rents and that selling the station's valuable license could benefit the rest of the network. However, many of the problems WBAI has faced in recent years came about as a direct result of Pacifica actions. For instance, WBAI's recent financial crisis caused by being locked into an exhorbitant transmitter lease to the Empire State Building only happened because Pacifica signed that lease. There are numerous other examples, but the point is that it's inaccurate and unfair to blame one station for problems that the entire network is responsible for. We also question the wisdom of suspending all programming at the beginning of a month-long fund drive.

So for now, "Off The Hook" is off the air. Yes, we can always do a podcast, but we're a radio show and half the magic is reaching those people who aren't on the net while also talking to those who are. We intend to fight to preserve that. We hope you join us.

UPDATE: As of Tuesday, October 8, an injunction has been granted that allows WBAI to resume operations. We now expect "Off The Hook" to air in its normal timeslot this Wednesday. Stay tuned for further updates.

 


A MESSAGE TO OUR READERS
2 October 2019, 10:58 am

On Tuesday, October 8th, for the very first time ever, the new issue of 2600 will be released digitally in non-DRM PDF format. We know there are many of you who have been unable to secure copies of 2600 in recent years. With high distribution costs and a declining bookstore landscape, it's become much harder to publish a paper magazine and get it to all the places our readers are. This digital version can help solve that problem once and for all - and help restore the funding we need to survive.

We ask for your help in getting the word out (in addition to hopefully buying the issue when it's released). We know there are many thousands out there who no longer have bookstores that carry 2600 in their neighborhoods or who live in parts of the world where getting our publication has always been, at best, a challenge.

Please show your support and buy this issue which you can then enjoy forever - and let everyone know what we're doing. Because if this is a success, we will be able to invest more into the magazine (paper and digital) to make it even better, as well as support more projects like HOPE.

The address to get the new issue on Tuesday is store.2600.com/products/new-issue .

 


FINALLY - A LIST OF PLACES TO FIND 2600
23 September 2019, 11:00 am

This has been ages in the making, but we finally have a fairly comprehensive list of places to buy paper copies of 2600 in the United States. Just click here, pick your state, and you're all set! We've included contact info so you can call them in advance to see if they're sold out. If you know of a store that should be carrying us, please let us know by clicking here.

We will be adding Canadian stores in the near future.

 


FULL ARCHIVE OF ALL HOPE CONFERENCES NOW AVAILABLE
10 September 2019, 11:24 am

We've finally done it. Our digitizing project involving all of the HOPE conferences is complete. You can now get all talks from any conference on flash drives or download individual talks in high quality video with no DRM restrictions.

But the big news is that we've now introduced a mega archive of every single recorded talk from every single conference. You'll get six 128GB flash drives chock full of the highest quality MP4 files from each of our 12 conferences starting in 1994 and going until 2018. For those times when you just want to hear the talks, we're also including high fidelity MP3 files. And each conference comes with its own HTML navigation page so you never get lost.

All of the files are easy to copy and can be played on just about any device capable of playing audio and video. Between this and the recently released full archive of 2600 Hacker Digest editions, this has truly been the summer of digitization.

Full archive of all HOPE talks

Individual flash drives for each HOPE conference

Downloadable talks from each HOPE conference

Full archive of Hacker Digests (1984-2018) plus all future editions

 


FULL SETS OF THE HACKER DIGEST AVAILABLE FOR THE FIRST TIME
3 September 2019, 11:41 am

With the release of Volume 24 of The Hacker Digest, we have now completed the digitizing project that covers ALL of our back issues. This massive undertaking has been underway for the better part of a decade and we're thrilled to finally be able to offer digital lifetime subscribers a full library of back issues. We've also learned how fascinating it is to dive into this historic collection of hacker history, including additional summations of the significant events of each year, plus detailed explanations of each cover and the many hidden messages and oddities contained within every issue of 2600.

You can click here to receive the entire collection of 2600 back issues in the form of 35 annual Hacker Digests and receive every annual digest released every spring from now into infinity.

Click here to buy Volume 24.

If you also want paper copies, we have a special offer here. And if you're an existing paper lifetime subscriber who wants to upgrade to digital at a discounted rate, just click here.


THE LATEST ON HOPE
29 August 2019, 1:06 pm

It's been about a month since we shared the news of the crisis we're facing regarding future HOPE conferences, as Hotel Pennsylvania announced a tripling of their rates, which would make the conference unaffordable for many of our attendees and, thus, not something we'd want to pursue.

Since then, we have received hundreds of emails from people who have attended previous HOPE conferences, people who have never been to one, a sizable number who have presented talks, panels, and workshops at HOPE over the years, and so many others in the community. The vast majority of these emails contained really positive and inspirational messages, along with some very good suggestions on how HOPE can continue.

We're still processing all of this and we've been hard at work pursuing the options with the most potential. You have our promise that we will leave no stone unturned in the quest for the next incarnation of HOPE, one that will continue the magic of the first twelve. We can't thank you enough for the kind messages of support so many of you have sent, along with the reminders of how much this event really means.

Please continue to forward us your thoughts, ideas, and suggestions. The address to email is hope@hope.net. We expect the month ahead to be pivotal. As soon as we have news to report, we will share it here.


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