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NEW 'Off The Hook' ONLINE
21 August 2019, 9:55 pm

NEW 'Off The Hook' ONLINE

Posted 22 Aug, 2019 4:55:27 UTC

The new edition of Off The Hook from 21/08/2019 has been archived and is now available online.


NEW 'Off The Wall' ONLINE
20 August 2019, 6:45 pm

NEW 'Off The Wall' ONLINE

Posted 21 Aug, 2019 1:45:36 UTC

The new edition of Off The Wall from 20/08/2019 has been archived and is now available online.


DIGITAL UPDATE - IT'S THE HOME STRETCH
2 August 2019, 1:56 am

This summer, we've been making steady progress towards completing our digital archive, both for the magazine and the HOPE conferences. It's been a long time coming.

Volume 35 of The Hacker Digest is now complete and available in a variety of digital formats. This is a special book format compilation of the issues of 2600 from 2018. It comes with enhanced photography and an explanation of all the covers. You can get it in PDF or EPUB format, each completely DRM-free. It's also available for the Kindle and the Nook. Click this link to see all the options.

This leaves us with only one year to encode (Volume 24 from 2007) which will be completed later this month. If you want to be among those who get ALL of the published digests, past, present, and future, then consider the lifetime option.

We reached another milestone this month by making one more of our conferences available digitally. This time it was The Fifth HOPE from 2004, which you can now get on flash drive (full set) and as downloadable MP4s (individually). (We're sorry this took so long, but every time we started to encode one of them, we just couldn't stop watching it.)

This project will also conclude this month when we encode the last remaining conference. You can explore everything that's available here as well as on YouTube (but be prepared to become highly annoyed with their limitations and restrictions every time someone even thinks of something that's copywritten).

We're honored to be able to preserve and share all of this history. Please help support our efforts so we can make more of it.

 


THE FUTURE OF HOPE
29 July 2019, 10:52 am

Many of you have noticed the graphic that's appeared on the HOPE website recently. There is meaning behind it.

While beginning preparations for the next HOPE conference, we were stunned to hear of the plan to triple the cost to us from the hotel. This would pretty much make HOPE impossible, at least not without it becoming the kind of conference we never wanted. The purpose of HOPE is to make the world of hackers and technology accessible, and that means affordable. We could become one of those corporate events that charge thousands of dollars. But we would never feel as proud of what we're able to create with the hacker community every two years.

This crisis gets worse as much of 2600's revenue comes from sales at the conference. Losing HOPE, combined with the ever-increasing challenge of printing an advertiser-free publication in a world of vanishing bookstores and rising costs, could paint a very dire picture for us.

No doubt that prospect fills many powerful entities with glee, as we've taken great pride in being the right thorns in the right sides for over 35 years. That alone is reason to fight this with every ounce of strength we can summon.

We've been sued, we've been threatened, and we've faced extinction on a number of occasions. And one thing we've learned is that times like these are when this community truly shines. We don't intend to be defeated by this and we have no intention of giving up on the prospects of HOPE in 2020. But we can't do it by magic.

And so we call on you to put forth ideas, suggestions, and opinions. How important is HOPE to you? Do you know of a better place where we can host it? How can we come up with ways to make the event even better? Does HOPE have to be in a hotel? Does HOPE need to be in Manhattan? Etc.

There are many things to think of and to brainstorm about. And there is no better group to turn to at a time like this for inspiration and new ideas. Time and again, it's right when we're supposed to be at our lowest that we come back stronger than ever, precisely because of our community's creativity, intelligence, and refusal to give up. Please send your thoughts to hope@hope.net and be a part of history. Because we're not going to let this stop us.

 


SUMMER ISSUE OF 2600 RELEASED
9 July 2019, 12:43 pm

It's summer once more and the Summer issue of 2600 is out. If you subscribe to us, then an issue could very well already be in your possession. If you want to become a part of that elite group of people, just click here and actual physical issues that last forever will start coming your way. (You can also use that link to renew an existing subscription.) If you can find a bookstore, then you can probably find us inside of one, as well as at many magazine stands. And you can always go the digital route. If you have a Kindle, it's easy to subscribe in both the U.S. and U.K. (Individual issues are available elsewhere.) We're also available on the Barnes and Noble Nook. You can also subscribe worldwide via the Google Newsstand app. Visit our digital edition guide to see what's available in the many formats we offer.


OUR FOURTH HOPE CONFERENCE IS NOW COMPLETELY DIGITIZED (TWO TO GO)
17 June 2019, 11:16 am

It's not like we were sitting on this for the past 17 years. Technology was different back in 2002 and people wanted videotapes and DVDs of this historic conference. And since then, we've been terribly busy on all of our projects. But getting our entire series of conferences into digital form has always been on one of our back burners. And now we can add 2002's H2K2 conference to the finished pile.

For the first time, you can download MP4s of individual talks or get a flash drive with every recorded talk from this historic conference. It's all at the highest quality (for the time), without copy restrictions of any sort and no YouTube censorship.

H2K2 (2002) flash drives and downloadable MP4s

The original H2K2 website

We intend to continue this project over the summer with the remaining two non-digitized conferences. You can explore all of what's available here and on YouTube (with their restrictions and limitations).

 


VOLUME 23 OF THE HACKER DIGEST RELEASED
15 June 2019, 1:03 pm

Volume 23 of The Hacker Digest is now out. If you're a lifetime digital subscriber, you will have already received this edition. Volume 23 is comprised of issues from 2006. We had a man from space theme on that year's covers centering on HOPE Number Six and other hacker milestones. As privacy became more endangered by the day, we were there to expose both the bad laws and the massive security holes that prevailed - some to this day.

You can click here to buy Volume 23 or become a lifetime digital subscriber here. If you do the latter, you will receive digital copies of everything we have published to date, plus everything that we publish in the future. We have now digitized 33 out of our 35 years.

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.

 


2600 TOTE BAGS ARE NOW AVAILABLE
6 June 2019, 9:47 am

In response to many suggestions from our readers, we've introduced the first ever 2600 tote bag. It's black and has the famous 2600 government seal logo on each side. Each bag measures 15 1/2 by 15 inches, has a nice long 26 inch strap, and is made from 100 percent cotton. They're very strong - you can load most anything in them. (We had no trouble filling them with 2600 back issues and carrying them crosstown.) More than suitable for trips to the grocery store.

Get your 2600 tote bag here.

 


OUR FIRST THREE CONFERENCES ARE NOW ENTIRELY DIGITIZED
15 May 2019, 12:01 pm

This isn't a huge news story but we felt it was worthy of note. As part of our overall digitization project, our team of archivists have finished the thankless task of making all of the recorded talks from our first three conferences available on flash drives and downloadable MP4s for the very first time. Previously, they were only available as DVDs and on YouTube, with all of the baggage that service brings with it. Now you can have the highest quality, fully copyable files to do with as you please. No restrictions. (Please be aware that our video skills at the time were rudimentary at best so some of these videos might be best described as studies in how far we've come.)

HOPE (1994) flash drives and downloadable MP4s

Beyond HOPE (1997) flash drives and downloadable MP4s

H2K (2000) flash drives and downloadable MP4s

We hope to continue this project to cover the remaining three conferences. At present, nine out of our 12 conferences have been published in these formats. You can explore all of what's available here and on YouTube (with their restrictions and limitations).


2600 DENIED ACCESS TO U.K. STORES DUE TO FEAR OF "NEGATIVE PUBLICITY"
8 May 2019, 8:04 am

As many of you are aware, it has become increasingly difficult to survive in the publishing world. Digitization of media is one challenge that magazines can either embrace or fight. The perception that people are reading less these days is also cause for concern. And the decline of bookstores due to large chains moving in and then shutting down is another ominous trend.

It's that latter circumstance that has hurt us the most. (We're continuing to expand our digital options and we find that our readers are reading more than ever, so the first two aren't threats to us.) When people can't find us in the retail stores that remain, that's a big problem.

Earlier this year, we started the process of adding 2600 to stores throughout the United Kingdom at the request of many of our readers. Previously, we were prominently displayed on shelves throughout the country. As referenced above, many chains that carried us (such as Borders and Virgin Megastore) are no longer around. Since then, the distributor environment has become significantly more hostile to publishers, requiring new fees for the privilege of being stocked, a majority of the sale price to go to the store and distributor, and exorbitant delivery charges to be borne by the publisher. Despite all of this, we felt we owed it to our many readers in the U.K. to at least try to survive in this marketplace.

This Tuesday, we got our hands on a letter from a representative from Seymour Distribution Ltd. to our American distributor with reasons why we were being denied consideration. We reproduce it below.

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The rational for taking any import title is based
on the following criteria:

1) What is the possible sales volume we can achieve
based upon the business plan of the publisher.
This includes above and below the line marketing
plan, the UK cover price and the quality of the
publication compared to others in the market place.

2) Is the subject matter likely to cause any
negative publicity or consumer complaints.  Is the
magazine compliant with all aspects of UK Law.

In the event of point 2 some retailers such as
WH Smith High Street, our largest retailer of
specialist goods have in the contract they can
charge the publisher per complaint and fine the
publisher up to £10,000 plus any cost they may
incur on recalling the title such they decide
this is necessary.

In this circumstance, based upon the content
being such that it may cause complaints we
decline your offer of distribution.

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We see this as a very ominous development. Where once we were able to be displayed in stores, now we're barred due to concern over controversy. As the above letter shows, there is no concern over potential sales figures or reader interest. Those have not changed. What has changed is the diversity and level of speech that is now permitted in United Kingdom bookstores. This is not just about us. It affects anyone who dares to publish even slightly controversial material. We have no doubt this policy has already had a chilling effect on many publications and is in no small part leading to their reduction. After all, if people can't see the magazines, how do they know they even exist?

We apologize to our readers in the U.K. for our failure to return to bookstores in your country. We ask that you spread this information widely so that people are aware of the restrictions affecting your freedom to read material of your choice. And, of course, you can always subscribe. They haven't (yet) figured out a way to stop that.

For now, we are focusing on strengthening our U.S. distribution so that something similar doesn't happen here. The help and support of our readers will be invaluable in these efforts.

 


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