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02.13.05 WINTER ISSUE OF 2600 RELEASED
Yes, we ran into all kinds of delays and problems with this one but the Winter issue of 2600 is out at last. Now hurry up and buy it so we can get the next one out a bit closer to schedule! If you're a subscriber it should be in your possession by now. If you prefer to fight the mobs in stores, you should be able to find us in the usual places. And of course you can always grab a copy from our online store or start a subscription.

03.01.05 1988 EDITIONS OF "BRAIN DAMAGE" NOW AVAILABLE ONLINE
The first year of the WUSB radio show "Brain Damage" is now available for downloading or streaming here. These episodes (46 in all) are from 1988. In addition, we have recovered a "lost" episode from 1989 (January 28).

03.04.05 VIDEO DISCS FROM "THE FIFTH HOPE" NOW AVAILABLE
The VCDs from The Fifth HOPE have been completed and are now available at our online store. They consist of all of the talks which took place in the two main tracks of the conference, which occurred in July 2004. VCDs will play on computers with CD or DVD drives as well as on standalone DVD players. There are 78 discs in total.

03.11.05 NEW MITNICK BOOK HITS THE STANDS
The second book by hacker Kevin Mitnick has been released. The Art of Intrusion conveys to its readers actual attacks as they were performed by individuals who came forth to share their stories.

03.11.05 "FREEDOM DOWNTIME" EASTER EGG HUNT UNDERWAY
The 2600 "Freedom Downtime" Easter Egg Hunt is now underway. When the "Freedom Downtime" DVD was released last year, it contained more Easter Eggs than any other DVD ever released in the history of mankind. (We believe this to be an indisputable fact.) And while we want to tell the world where they all are, we thought it would be fun to make a small challenge before we do.

04.01.05 2600 MEETINGS TODAY - FORMAL ATTIRE REQUIRED
It's once again the first Friday of the month which means it's time for 2600 meetings to occur all throughout the world. To find out if there's a meeting near you, check out our meeting list.

As many of you are already aware, we have been involved in a struggle to improve the image of hackers worldwide. For years, the mass media has portrayed us in a negative light and this perception has been passed on throughout our society. Hackers are seen as troublemakers and outsiders who exist to cause problems and create mayhem.

We feel the implementation of a dress code at our monthly meetings will be a necessary first step in the rehabilitation of our image. There is a reason why such dress codes are a part of so many civilized events, as well as a required part of many jobs and even schools. It has to do with respect, something we could use a good dose of in the hacker community.

We hold our meetings in public areas and we do this for a reason. We want people to be able to see us for who we are and to realize that we're not the threat that the mainstream media makes us out to be. But this attempt at conveying a positive image is very quickly defeated when people show up at meetings wearing scruffy attire, torn clothing, baggy pants, offensive t-shirts, or even shorts. While this kind of dress may suit some of us in the privacy of our own homes, we need to realize that when we are at meetings we are, in a sense, on public display. Therefore we owe it to each other to put our best foot forward and look presentable so that any new people coming by don't back away in horror.

The plan that has gone into effect as of this meeting requires all attendees to wear standard formal attire. We're not asking people to go out and rent tuxedos or anything unreasonable. Rather, a simple suit and tie for male attendees will suffice. Female attendees should attend in a standard business suit. However, full length evening gowns are also appropriate. Dressing in this manner will convey the image that is necessary for us to be seen as rational, decent, and acceptable members of society. There simply is no reason to convey another image.

While some will see this as an unreasonable restriction on their freedom of expression and individuality, we think that that is an irresponsible attitude for these times. Can we really put a price on the importance of maintaining a good image? Is the comfort of walking around in blue jeans and tank-tops really worth sabotaging our futures? The answer should be obvious.

These are difficult times and we all must make sacrifices. We ask that all meeting attendees, in addition to adhering to the dress code, keep an eye on fellow attendees and let us know of any attempts to disrupt the meetings through noncompliance or otherwise mocking or ridiculing these guidelines. We thank you in advance for your vigilance.

04.27.05 "WHAT THE HACK" SUBMISSION DEADLINE APPROACHES
"What The Hack" is this year's international hacker get-together taking place in the Netherlands. Planning for the outdoor conference, scheduled for July 28-31, is well underway. The deadline for talk proposals is this coming Sunday, May 1st.

04.29.05 WBAI LOSES ONE OF ITS MOST FAMILIAR VOICES
The staff of 2600 and "Off The Hook" joins with the WBAI family in mourning the loss of Fred Kuhn, longtime WBAI receptionist and on-air personality. Fred's voice was one you would have heard whenever you called the station's offices and he was often the first person many of us saw when being introduced to the radio station, having worked as the receptionist since the 1970s. (His on-air name was Fred Geobold.) Throughout the adversity of various WBAI/Pacifica crises and throughout his own deteriorating health condition over the past year, Fred remained optimistic, friendly, and filled with humor. The station won't be the same without him.

05.06.05 SPRING ISSUE OF 2600 RELEASED
The Spring 2005 issue of 2600 is now out and available at stores everywhere. If you're a subscriber, it should be in your hands very soon if not already. With this year, we add four new pages including a new hacker puzzle section. More details are available here.

05.23.05 WHAT THE HACK ORGANIZERS FIGHT PERMIT DENIAL
As planning for this summer's Dutch hacker conference What The Hack gets underway, a bit of opposition has appeared as the municipality in which the conference will take place has denied the organizers an important permit.

06.22.05 DIFFICULTIES RESOLVED: WHAT THE HACK CONFERENCE RECEIVES PERMIT
In a followup to a story we reported earlier, we've received word that organizers of this summer's What the Hack conference have successfully completed negotiations with the municipality of Boxtel and received a permit for the event.

07.11.05 DATES FOR NEXT HOPE CONFERENCE ANNOUNCED
We're already preparing for the next Hackers On Planet Earth conference which will be taking place next year in New York City. "Hope Number Six" will be happening on July 21, 22, and 23, 2006 at the Hotel Pennsylvania. Keep checking back for many more details in the months ahead. For now though, please help us spread the word!

07.31.05 SUMMER ISSUE OF 2600 RELEASED
The Summer 2005 issue of 2600 is now out and should be available at stores everywhere in the near future or immediate present. If you're a subscriber, it should be in your hands at this very moment or really soon. More details are available here.

10.28.05 AUTUMN ISSUE OF 2600 RELEASED
The Autumn 2005 issue of 2600 is now out and should be available at stores throughout the world. If you're a subscriber, it should be somewhere in your possession right now. More details are available here.

11.16.05 AUDIO FILES REENCODED, LOST RADIO SHOWS UNCOVERED
After many months, we've completed the reencoding for all of the "Off The Hook" and "Brain Damage" shows for improved sound quality. We're also happy to announce that we've uncovered a few shows that had been lost, thanks to some listeners as well as our own archiving efforts.

11.28.05 HIGH QUALITY VERSIONS OF "OFF THE HOOK" AVAILABLE
In the culmination of a project we've been working on for quite some time, a brand new DVD set of "Off The Hook" shows is being released. However, unlike all of our previous releases, the sound on these shows is of the highest quality. Previously the best we could manage was 16kbps/16khz mono. These shows are encoded at 128kbps/44khz stereo.

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