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Hacker calendar celebrates phone industry

The cover of 2600: The Hacker Quarterly's 2012

The cover of 2600: The Hacker Quarterly's 2012 calendar. Photo Credit: Handout

The Middle Island-based magazine,  2600: The Hacker Quarterly, which bills itself as "the world's foremost journal by and about hackers," has published a new calendar for 2012.

It celebrates the history of the telephone industry -- as seen through the eyes of the Long Island hackers who have used, and misused, phones over the past quarter-century.

The calendar is liberally sprinkled with historic dates -- for example, during this week in 1979 CompuServe launched the first consumer email service (available, of course, only through a telephone modem.)

The calendar's photos include a shot of an antique, small-town telephone operator cord board (requiring a human hand to insert your phone line into the listener's plug), and another photograph of AT&T's Long Lines Building at 33 Thomas St., Manhattan.

2600, in business since 1984 and edited by Eric Corley (known to his peers by the pen name Emmanuel Goldstein) has been a force in the hacker community's persistent, often-unlawful, assaults on DVD encryption and other instances of what it sees as obstacles to electronic free speech.

2600 calls the calendar "a unique and comprehensive look at the hacker world and its significance in history." It's available at store.2600.com for  $14.99.

The hacker website also sells back issues of 2600, DVDs, mouse pads, coffee mugs, etc.

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