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01.22.06 MORE LOST SHOWS UNCOVERED
We're happy to announce that we've found some more radio shows that were either lost or previously unknown. Many thanks to listeners who continue to help us find programs that are not in our archives.

01.27.06 HIGH-FIDELITY MP3 FILES OF "OFF THE HOOK" AVAILABLE FOR DOWNLOAD

When we started making our weekly radio program "Off the Hook" available on the Internet, we used Real Audio and were pretty impressed that we could get it to work at all. Later, we switched to the more open and better-sounding MP3 format, at 16kb/second, and the popularity of this format grew to the point that we no longer needed to offer the Real Audio files. However, with the widespread availability of broadband Internet connections, our listeners have been clamoring for higher-fidelity audio.

01.28.06 WINTER ISSUE OF 2600 RELEASED
The Winter 2005-2006 issue of 2600 is now officially out. You should be seeing it pop up at stores all throughout the world. (If you know of a store that has it that's not on our list or if a store on our list is incorrect, please let us know by emailing the webmaster.) And if you're a subscriber, it should either be in your hands by now or moving ever closer. More details on the issue are available here.

01.31.06 NEW "OFF THE HOOK" DVD-R RELEASED
The new "Off The Hook" DVD-Rs are finished. They contain every known edition of the show from October 1988 through December 2005, as well as other programs that were precursors to "Off The Hook" on WBAI including "The Fifth Corner" which aired in the early 1990s. Since last year's release we've also added some previously lost programs and reencoded the whole thing to make it all sound better. The show details have also been fixed up since the last release. It all fits onto two DVDs and weighs in at over 700 hours of audio for a mere $30.

02.14.06 HOPE PRE-REGISTRATION, CFP, WIKI ONLINE
We are now officially soliciting ideas for speakers and panels at HOPE Number Six, to be held at the Hotel Pennsylvania in New York City on July 21, 22, and 23. To see how you can participate, visit the CFP section of the HOPE site. We've also opened pre-registration for the conference at our online store. Registering now gives us both an idea of what kind of crowd to expect and the funds needed to make it all happen. Plus it will cost more at the door this year!

02.15.06 RADIO UPDATES
We now have a high fidelity version of "Off the Wall" to match our recently launched "Off the Hook" hifi podcast.

02.17.06 FULL "FREEDOM DOWNTIME" EASTER EGG LIST RELEASED
At long last we are revealing every last one of the many Easter Eggs found in the 2004 DVD release of our documentary "Freedom Downtime." We printed a good number of these in the Winter issue but we couldn't fit them all on one page. So, for your enjoyment and education, the entire list can be found right here.

To get your own DVD and play with the Easter Eggs (and maybe even see the film while you're at it), visit our online store.

02.24.06 2600 STORE NOW ACCEPTS PAYPAL
We've added PayPal as an acceptable payment method for our online store. This means that those of you without credit cards can now also order subscriptions, back issues, shirts, and all sorts of other fun things like HOPE preregistration - all from the comfort of your computer screen. Of course you'll need to set up a PayPal account if you don't already have one.

04.21.06 SPRING ISSUE OF 2600 RELEASED
The Spring 2006 issue is out and making its way to subscribers, bookstores, and newsstands around the world. In this issue we're starting three new columns covering telephony, technical issues, and a guest hacker perspective - all in addition to the regular features and articles. Check our list to see if there's a store near you. Otherwise, you can easily subscribe and have an issue hurled from us to you in a surprisingly short amount of time. You can see more details on this issue here.

04.22.06 STALLMAN TO KEYNOTE AT HOPE - OTHER TALKS SCHEDULED
We're thrilled to announce that free software movement/GNU project founder Richard Stallman will be giving the Friday keynote at HOPE Number Six, scheduled for July 21-23 at the Hotel Pennsylvania in New York City. To register for the conference, head over to our registration page.

04.23.06 HOPE ANNOUNCEMENT LIST AND BLOG NOW UP AND RUNNING
We've launched two services for those of you interested in getting the latest news about HOPE Number Six.

04.24.06 HOPE HOTEL UPDATES
Many people have written to us asking what's up with hotel reservations. These are the facts as of this moment:

05.01.06 INVESTIGATIVE TACTICS/TRAINING SEMINAR TO BE HELD DURING HOPE
For those of you in town during HOPE who feel like taking part in a really intensive seminar in investigative tactics, we're pleased to announce that there will be just such an event on the 6th floor of the Hotel Pennsylvania on Saturday, July 22. HOPE attendees will receive a discounted admission to the PallTech Seminars on High Tech and Hardcore Investigative Tactics and Training. Full registration info is available here. There is very limited space for this event so move fast if you're interested.

05.15.06 CUBA TRAVEL JOURNAL ONLINE
Over the past week, Emmanuel and Mike from "Off The Hook" traveled to Cuba to report on the technology there. As American citizens are forbidden from going to this country by the U.S. government, this is a rare opportunity to see what it's all like from a technological and hacker perspective. (Reporters are exempt from this restriction.)

06.02.06 AN INVITATION TO ALL 2600 MEETINGS
We're less than two months away from HOPE Number Six (July 21, 22, 23, 2006) and we'd like to get a record amount of participation from 2600 meetings all around the world.

06.12.06 SOME TRAVEL TIPS FOR HOPE ATTENDEES
Do you want more than anything in the world to be able to make it to this year's HOPE conference but are worried that you won't be able to afford the airfare? We've compiled a handy reference guide with all sorts of valuable information over at the HOPE blog. You can even share your own experiences and ask questions.

06.14.06 HOPE NETWORK TO BE BIGGEST EVER
We're happy to announce that the connectivity at this year's HOPE conference will be the fastest we've ever had - and likely the fastest of any hacker conference ever in the States. Our network team has been hard at work making all of this possible. We have been assured of connectivity equivalent to an OC3 connection for the entire weekend. That's more than 30 times what we had for The Fifth HOPE! This will make all sorts of projects possible as well as make it much simpler for HOPE attendees to stay connected.

06.18.06 VENDOR TABLES NOW AVAILABLE AT HOPE CONFERENCE
We're making available a number of tables for folks who want to be able to display or sell their wares at HOPE Number Six. These tables will be located in a highly-trafficked area of the second floor. We hope that a variety of groups will be able to take advantage of this opportunity to reach our attendees, and that our attendees will be able to see some neat products they might not otherwise get to know about.

06.20.06 HOPE RIDE BOARD NOW UP AND RUNNING
Are you looking for a way to get to HOPE this summer? We've just launched our HOPE Ride Board on the HOPE Wiki. Using it is very simple - just look for people in your state or province to share rides with. If your location is empty, be the first to fill it in with your details. It's a great way to save money, meet people, and make the ride go a lot faster.

06.23.06 2600 MOUSEPADS NOW AVAILABLE
The long-awaited 2600 mousepads are now available on our online store. They have the same design as our 2600 sweatshirts! That's right, they're round mousepads that look like a government seal.

  • It's a really cool thing to have sitting by your computer.
  • It's the perfect gift.
  • It's a really cruel joke to leave one at someone's workstation when you know their boss wouldn't approve.

    The possibilities are limitless.

  • 06.28.06 HOPE PREREGISTRATION ENDING SOON - EUROS, CREDIT CARDS WILL BE ACCEPTED
    As HOPE Number Six draws closer, so does the date when we have to close preregistration to ensure that everyone gets their tickets in time. In the United States and Canada, preregistration will end on Monday, July 10. For all other parts of the world, preregistration ends on Friday, June 30.

    07.01.06 HOPE SPEAKER SCHEDULE RELEASED
    We have more talks than ever this year and a huge variety of topics. You can see the lineup here. And if you're in the U.S. or Canada and it's before July 10, you can preregister here.

    07.10.06 HOPE PREREGISTRATION ENDS MONDAY
    This is your last chance to preregister for HOPE Number Six coming up in less than two weeks. (Note: Those of you not in the United States or Canada can no longer preregister and must buy your tickets at the door.) Preregistration costs $60 for the entire weekend and can be done easily online.

    07.15.06 RADIO STATION "N6H" AT HOPE NUMBER SIX
    The FCC has granted radio station callsign N6H for a special event station at HOPE Number Six. Ham radio operators will operate station N6H from the 18th floor and demonstrate how wireless voice, data, and video contacts can be made to other amateur radio stations around the world over shortwave (HF), VHF, and UHF frequencies. A special HOPE Number Six QSL card will be issued to anyone who successfully contacts or hears radio station N6H on the air.

    07.17.06 LAST CHANCE FOR HOPE VENDOR TABLES
    We have more vendors than ever before for this year's HOPE conference. This is the last chance for anyone interested in selling stuff to register. Tables cost $250 for the weekend. We need to know if you need power and/or net connectivity.

    If you're a non-profit or individual who wants a table for non-commercial purposes, let us know. We will try to fit as many in as possible.

    Please send all inquiries to vendors@2600.com.

    There is also a unique opportunity for anyone interested in providing trendy bottles of caffeine to our attendees. We have a space secured for anyone interested in selling Jolt Cola and possibly other such beverages to our attendees. All we need is someone willing to do the work and keep the profits. If interested, contact vendors@2600.com.

    07.19.06 SUMMER ISSUE OF 2600 RELEASED
    The Summer 2006 issue is out and already in the hands of subscribers worldwide. You should have no trouble finding it in the usual bookstores and newsstands that carry us around the planet. Check our list to see if there's a store near you. Otherwise, you can subscribe and be pleasantly surprised by an issue showing up in your mailbox four times a year. More details on the Summer issue can be found here.

    08.24.06 ALL HOPE AUDIO NOW ONLINE
    We now have available for your listening enjoyment all of the HOPE Number Six talks and panels. To listen, simply go to http://www.hopenumbersix.net/speakers.html.

    08.25.06 HOPE VIDEOS AVAILABLE
    All of the HOPE Number Six videos are now available at our online store. In addition to offering individual DVDs of the talks that were held in the two main tracks, we also have a number of special package deals you may find of interest. And for those of you who have been spending the last few days trying to download all of the high fidelity audio of the conference that's available on our website, we've crammed it all onto a single DVD which is also available in our HOPE Number Six video section.

    09.18.06 HOPE NUMBER SIX SHIRTS AVAILABLE
    We've finally gotten around to putting our leftover HOPE Number Six merchandise on our online store. That means a bunch of unique shirts are now within your grasp. In addition, we're offering some extra HOPE stuff to go along with all shirt orders. Click here for details.

    10.16.06 AUTUMN ISSUE OF 2600 RELEASED
    The Autumn 2006 issue is out and should be in your hands if you're a subscriber. It should also be at your local bookstore assuming they're one of the many who carry it. (If they're not, be sure to firmly request it.) If you want the convenience of having our magazine come directly to your home, office, or hideout then you should definitely subscribe. More details on the Autumn issue can be found here.

    10.25.06 FINAL HOPE NUMBER SIX PANEL SCHEDULED AT LAST
    We said we'd do it and we meant it. When the Steve Rambam talk at HOPE Number Six was disrupted by his arrest minutes before he was scheduled to go on stage, we vowed to make sure it would one day be presented to the public. That day has now been set and we trust that the FBI won't interfere this time.

    On Thursday, November 16, HOPE Number Six will finally end with the presentation: "Privacy is Dead - Get Over It" featuring Steve's revealing look at how much information on each of us is readily accessible to virtually anyone. As part of the talk, Steve will reveal all of the information he was able to find on a volunteer "victim." In addition, he will answer all sorts of questions from the audience, including what really happened back in July.

    Admission to this talk is totally free. It's our way of saying thanks to the HOPE attendees and also a demonstration of the fact that our speakers will not be silenced, no matter what adversity they may have to face.

    The talk will take place from 6 to 9 pm at the Stevens Institute in Hoboken, New Jersey. There's no need to panic - this location is very easily accessible from New York City and many other places. Full details are available here.

    You may think you witnessed the conclusion of HOPE Number Six. But until this final talk is given, HOPE is not over.

    10.30.06 SPECIAL HALLOWEEN RADIO BROADCAST TUESDAY
    We'll be rebroadcasting a classic from the radio archives on Tuesday in place of "Off The Wall." Starting at 5 pm (one hour earlier than normal), a radio play entitled "Shadow Over Long Island" will be presented. This play is a real time production which follows the tradition of the "War of the Worlds" broadcast many years ago in which a somewhat believable scenario is presented to the public, leaving many to wonder whether or not they're listening to reality or to fiction. In this case, "Shadow Over Long Island" deals with an accident at a nuclear power plant on Long Island and the resulting chaos that ensues. At the time of the original broadcast in 1985, nuclear safety was a very controversial topic in the area as a plant was set to open in the vicinity. Since then the plant has been shut down after widespread public opposition. This radio play was written by Emmanuel Goldstein/Eric Corley in the height of the controversy and has been broadcast on a number of occasions on Long Island and Connecticut radio stations. This will be the first rebroadcast in at least a decade.

    11.04.06 'SHADOW OVER LONG ISLAND' NOW ONLINE
    The special Halloween rebroadcast of the radio play "Shadow Over Long Island" is now available online. You can find the links to the audio files here.

    11.06.06 ELECTION DAY RADIO NOTES
    We'd like to ask all of our listeners for two special favors this Election Day.

    11.17.06 FINAL HOPE TALK HELD
    Before a standing room only crowd in Hoboken, New Jersey, HOPE Number Six officially came to an end Thursday night with the presentation of Steve Rambam's talk "Privacy Is Dead - Get Over It." The original talk was scheduled for our conference in July but was postponed when Steve was arrested by the FBI mere moments before the talk was to begin. (All charges have since been dropped and a lawsuit is now being pursued against the FBI.)

    11.20.06 AUDIO FOR "PRIVACY IS DEAD" TALK NOW ONLINE
    We have all three hours of the audio for the recent "Privacy is Dead" talk available at the HOPE Number Six site. You can either stream it or download it, just like all the other HOPE talks.

    12.11.06 NEW "PRIVACY IS DEAD" DVDS AVAILABLE
    We now have DVDs of the recent "Privacy is Dead" talk given by Steven Rambam at the Stevens Institute of Technology on November 16. This talk made up for the one which was prevented at the HOPE Number Six conference due to Rambam's arrest immediately before the scheduled talk. This is a three hour DVD set that has the entire presentation of the state of our privacy including how much information is available on each and every one of us and details on the private data that was uncovered for a selected "victim." Ordering information on this DVD set can be found here.

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