Hackers On Planet Earth (HOPE) Conference 1994

HOPE '94 @ Blip.tv

It's been almost 20 years – even I wasn't born yet! ; ) – when these gentlemen met at the Hotel Pennsylvania in the summer of 94, and gave the kick-off to what is one of the most famous hacker conferences on the planet. Actually, the conference title refers just that: Hackers On Planet Earth.

And why the heck did this come to the fore now, you ask? Because 2600, the promoter of the event over all these years, published last month the videos of the first meeting, and will publish, in December, the clips of the following event.

(It would be cool if they published them all, up until today, but right now there are no signs to tell us they intend to. Let's wait and see...)

Anyway, as I think that knowledge of these older things can enrich our culture, and also give us a different light over our current knowledge, I decided to share the discovery and publicize them here.

The available content is the following:

  1. HOPE Conference Intro;
  2. The New York City Metrocard;
  3. Linux;
  4. TDDs;
  5. Control the World with Your PC, #1;
  6. Fun with Pagers;
  7. The History of TAP Magazine;
  8. Legal Issues;
  9. The 2600 Panel;
  10. Cryptography and Privacy;
  11. Control the World with Your PC, #2;
  12. The National ID Card;
  13. Social Engineering;
  14. The Author Panel;
  15. The Cellular Panel;
  16. European Hackers;
  17. Boxing;
  18. HOPE Closing Ceremonies;

There are some parts throughout the presentations that are vey funny today. Just as an example, I found quite funny that, at the beginning of the talk about pagers, Thomas Icom had said that most people have them but few people know how they work. The truth is I don't know anyone who has a pager nowadays! In fact, most young people don't even know what a pager is!

I also call your attention to the talk about Linux: Michael Johnston gave a brief introduction to their new Linux distribution, Slackware Linux Professional, a new thing that was just being developed (!) Yes, just being developed as he spoke: we need only remember that the first message from Linus Torvalds on Linux, the one that marked the beginning of the phenomenon, was sent in the summer of 91!

And I'll add nothing else; I leave you with these references and the suggestion. But I can't resist quoting Ali G: Respek! : )