LETTERS TO THE EDITOR OF

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

  The rapid growth and success of the magazine was both shocking and scary to Goldstein, who to this day has never taken a course in computers. In addition to making the hacker documentary Freedom Downtime, Goldstein hosts the Hackers On Planet Earth (HOPE) conferences in New York City every twoyears, drawing thousands of hackers from all over the world.www.2600.com You can contact 2600 online at or by writing to 2600 Magazine, P.

CREDITS Executive Editor

Carol LongProject EditorMaureen SpearsProduction EditorEric CharbonneauCopy EditorMaryann SteinhartEditorial DirectorRobyn B. SieskyEditorial ManagerMary Beth WakefieldMarketing ManagerAshley ZurcherProduction ManagerTim TateVice President and ExecutiveGroup PublisherRichard Swadley Vice President and Executive PublisherBarry PruettAssociate PublisherJim MinatelProject Coordinator, CoverLynsey StanfordCompositorChris Gillespie, Happenstance Type-O-RamaProofreaderJen Larsen, Word OneIndexerJohnna VanHoose DinseCover ImageJake Tilson/Getty ImagesCover DesignerRyan Sneed

ACKNOWLEDGMENTS

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  his book started off looking relatively simple but grew more and more complex as the sheer size of the project became apparent; we print so many letters in every issue of 2600 and we’ve been publishing the magazine since 1984, which means we hada huge amount of source material to draw from. Without repeating those words precisely, I’d like to reiterate the tremendous contribu- tions of 2600 cofounder Dave Ruderman back in our early years, cover designer andphotographer Dave Buchwald who continues to add magic and creativity to every project he undertakes, our layout artist Mark Silverberg who makes the current issuesof 2600 look sharp and attractive, and our office manager Mary Nixdorf who manages to keep the entire operation running smoothly, despite the odds.

CONTENTS

introduction. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  xi 1 Question upon Question  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 2 tales from the Retail Front  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 613 the Challenges of life as a Hacker  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .97 4 technology  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .153 5 the magic of the Corporate World  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 209 6 our Biggest Fans  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  269 7 Behind the Walls. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  373 8 a Culture of Rebels  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4099 strange Ramblings. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  507index. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  549

INTRODUCTION

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  I never saw this illustrated better than the time in college when I decided I wasopposed to the local school budget being passed and wrote a letter to The Three Village Herald, our weekly paper at the time, to express my thoughts. Kids who got busted by their schools for opening a browser on the class computer, people arrested and sent awayfor ridiculously trivial crimes, whistleblowers needing an audience to hear about a company’s transgressions involving privacy violations...there were just so many places I N T R O D U C T I O NWe’ve received so many letters in our 26 years of publishing that it was a very daunting task to pick out the best ones.

Question Upon Question

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  If you have the IP and access to a UNIX prompt,simply type nslookup followed by the IP address and you will see the translation.(This will work in reverse if you are looking for the IP number.) To get a list of all machines on a site, type nslookup and hit Return, then server xxx.site (wherexxx.site is the site name), and finally ls xxx.site.e Dear 2600: I was wondering if you could help me with something. I glimpsed through your latest issue at Tower Records and I noticed some stuff on IP addressing and such (which I enjoyedthoroughly) but then I saw the article on the guy who changed the system time on a virtual pet (which I felt was wasted magazine space,since he did not really get into the specifics) and it confused me a bit about the purpose of your magazine.

Tales from the Retail Front

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  Otherwise we hope you find some other way to show your distaste for corporate America.e Dear 2600: I was in Blockbuster a few nights ago and when I was waiting for them to ring up the movie, I was messing around with the credit cardmachine—you know, the one they let you slide your card in and punch in the numbers yourself. I already have an agreement with the store man- ager and a representative of McOpCo allowing me to collect any equip- TA L E S F R O M T H E R E TA I L F R O N T If you’ve never been an employee of McDonald’s you would be shocked at how the management treats the employees and the things that goon behind the scenes.

The Challenges of Life as a Hacker

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  (We lost the case primarily because of the power of the Motion Picture Association of America and the lack of understanding of the technical issues inboth the mass media and the courtroom. And also because we were easily demonized as a hacker magazine, one of the reasons why they chose us to sue out of the manythousands who were doing the same thing.) These became causes célèbres that the community focused intently upon and helped spread word of throughout mainstreamsociety. Dave Wrecker of UniversesDestroyer of Worlds While what you say is true for the most part, you must also remember that thisis only IRC and that IRC is only part of the Internet, neither of which can be con- sidered “real life.” Half the problems we face are caused by people who want toapply “real life” solutions to matters of the net.

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