What's a FAQ?
FAQ stands for "Frequently Asked Questions" - the kind of stuff you're
asking right now.
Who are you guys? What is se2600?
2600 is a quarterly magazine for
enthusiasts, published out of NYC. "se2600" stands for
we are a loose organization of technology enthusiast groups who gather in the
spirit of 2600 magazine and share the ideals of other 2600 groups across the
country. Regional chapters are identified and referenced by their
long-distance calling prefixes (aka NPA), therefore 615 is the Nashville
chapter and 404 (along with 770) is the Atlanta area chapter. We meet once
These are the guidelines for 2600 meetings:
- We meet in a public area. Nobody is excluded. We have nothing to hide
and we don't presume to judge who is worthy of attending and who is not.
If law enforcement harasses us, it will backfire as it did at the infamous
Washington DC meeting in 11/92.
- We act in a responsible manner. We don't do illegal things and we
don't cause problems for the place we're meeting in. *Most* 2600 meetings
are welcomed by the establishments we choose.
- We meet the first Friday of the month between the hours of 5pm and
8pm. While there will always be people who can't make this particular
time, the same will hold true for *any* time or day chosen. By having all
of the meetings on the same day and time, it makes it very easy to
remember, opens up the possibility for inter-meeting communication, and
really causes hell for the federal agencies who want to monitor everything
Anyone can have meetings and set whatever rules they wish. However, if
they're going to be affiliated with 2600, we ask that these few guidelines
be observed. Thanks.
Aren't hackers criminals/cyberterrorists/minions of the
The mainstream press is frequently clueless. Corporate PR spokespersons
are paid to redefine reality and shift blame. Politicians will say
anything to further their careers. Hollywood needs to be nuked.
Approach anything these people say with extreme caution and
Here's the real information from the Jargon File/New Hacker's
- /n./ Originally, a quick job that produces what is needed, but not
- /n./ An incredibly good, and perhaps very time-consuming, piece of
work that produces exactly what is needed.
- /vt./ To bear emotionally or physically. "I can't hack this heat!"
- /vt./ To work on something (typically a program). In an immediate
sense: "What are you doing?" "I'm hacking TECO." In a general
(time-extended) sense: "What do you do around here?" "I hack TECO." More
generally, "I hack `foo"' is roughly equivalent to "`foo' is my major
interest (or project)". "I hack solid-state physics." See Hacking X for
- /vt./ To pull a prank on. See sense 2 and hacker (sense 5).
- /vi./ To interact with a computer in a playful and exploratory rather
than goal-directed way. "Whatcha up to?" "Oh, just hacking."
- /n./ Short for hacker.
- See nethack.
- [MIT] /v./ To explore the basements, roof ledges, and steam tunnels
of a large, institutional building, to the dismay of Physical Plant
workers and (since this is usually performed at educational institutions)
the Campus Police. This activity has been found to be eerily similar to
playing adventure games such as Dungeons and Dragons and Zork. See also
Constructions on this term abound. They include `happy hacking' (a
hacking?' (a friendly greeting among hackers) and `hack, hack' (a fairly
but friendly comment, often used as a temporary farewell). For more on
term see " The Meaning of `Hack'". See also neat hack, real hack.
[originally, someone who makes furniture with an axe]
- A person who enjoys exploring the details of programmable systems and
how to stretch their capabilities, as opposed to most users, who prefer to
learn only the minimum necessary.
- One who programs enthusiastically (even obsessively) or who enjoys
programming rather than just theorizing about programming.
- A person capable of appreciating hack value.
- A person who is good at programming quickly.
- An expert at a particular program, or one who frequently does work
using it or on it; as in `a Unix hacker'. (Definitions 1 through 5 are
correlated, and people who fit them congregate.)
- An expert or enthusiast of any kind. One might be an astronomy
hacker, for example.
- One who enjoys the intellectual challenge of creatively overcoming or
- [deprecated] A malicious meddler who tries to discover sensitive
information by poking around. Hence `password hacker', `network hacker'.
The correct term for this sense is cracker.
The term `hacker' also tends to connote membership in the global community
defined by the net (see network, the and Internet address). It also
implies that the person described is seen to subscribe to some version of
the hacker ethic (see hacker ethic).
It is better to be described as a hacker by others than to describe
oneself that way. Hackers consider themselves something of an elite (a
meritocracy based on ability), though one to which new members are gladly
welcome. There is thus a certain ego satisfaction to be had in identifying
yourself as a hacker (but if you claim to be one and are not, you'll
quickly be labeled bogus). See also wannabee.
- The belief that information-sharing is a powerful positive good, and
that it is an ethical duty of hackers to share their expertise by writing
free software and facilitating access to information and to computing
resources wherever possible.
- The belief that system-cracking for fun and exploration is ethically
OK as long as the cracker commits no theft, vandalism, or breach of
Both of these normative ethical principles are widely, but by no means
universally, accepted among hackers. Most hackers subscribe to the hacker
ethic in sense 1, and many act on it by writing and giving away free
software. A few go further and assert that all information should be free
and any proprietary control of it is bad; this is the philosophy behind
the GNU project.
Sense 2 is more controversial: some people consider the act of cracking
itself to be unethical, like breaking and entering. But the belief that
`ethical' cracking excludes destruction at least moderates the behavior of
people who see themselves as `benign' crackers (see also samurai). On this
view, it may be one of the highest forms of hackerly courtesy to (a) break
into a system, and then (b) explain to the sysop, preferably by email from
a superuser account, exactly how it was done and how the hole can be
plugged -- acting as an unpaid (and unsolicited) tiger team.
The most reliable manifestation of either version of the hacker ethic is
that almost all hackers are actively willing to share technical tricks,
software, and (where possible) computing resources with other hackers.
Huge cooperative networks such as Usenet, FidoNet and Internet (see
Internet address) can function without central control because of this
trait; they both rely on and reinforce a sense of community that may be
hackerdom's most valuable intangible asset.
Some extra resources:
Jargon File/New Hacker's
of the Jargon File
The Jargon File
reader for MS-DOS, v2.0
I'm new to computers and/or don't really know
Don't sweat it. We all had to start somewhere. We welcome folks from all
walks of life and all levels of experience. If you want to learn stuff, we
can probably teach you (or at least point you in the right direction). Ask
questions, and if anyone cops an attitude because you don't already know
the answer, walk away from the asshole & ask someone else.
COROLLARY - If *you* cop an attitude when asking questions, or get
mad at people who don't hand you everything on a silver platter, you'll
probably encounter a lot of assholes.
Many times, people will encourage you to experiment a bit or
before asking questions. Look for answers yourself at first,
and don't be afraid to make mistakes. That's part of how we learn.
615/931 - Nashville
We meet at J-J's Market.
J-J's Market - 1912 Broadway 37203 - 615.327.9055
Back-up location: (should J-J's Market be closed for some reason)
Obie's Pizza - 2217 Elliston Place - 615.327.4772
Located about two blocks east (towards downtown) of Tower Records,
across the street from the once-legendary Exit/In (described in
sorta-cyberpunk-author Allen Steele's LUNAR DESCENT, ISBN 0-441-
50485-X) and Mosko's.
Landmarks & vague directions from Bean Central:
Elliston Place splits off West End around 26th Ave. North,
left fork (the right is West End); the streets border
the Tower Records & Books complex to the north
& south (West End).
Elliston runs past Tower, past a couple of (student) apartment
complexes and a large Baptist church on the right (as
you face downtown).
Past the church, Obie's is on the right, the Exit/In and
Mosko's are on the left; park wherever you can. (but
park in the apartments to the right of Obie's - they
404/678/770 - Atlanta
Info pending (whenever you Georgia cr^H^Hslackers get off your asses).
How can I get more info?
Check out these links: