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  1. When I was doing research to check up on TR0N, I guess I registered under VINE (the victim information network) to notify me about the guy. Today, I got the following mail: 11/30/2008 This email is to inform you that THOMAS MITCHELL will be released from the custody of the Oregon Dept of Corrections on 12/30/2008. You will receive another notification from VINE on the day of this offender's release. If you need further information, you can call the Oregon State VINE service at 1-877-674-8463 and press zero to speak to a VINE operator. This notification is sponsored by the Oregon VINE Service. It is our hope that this information has been helpful to you. Thank you, The VINE Service So I guess he's out around December 30th of this year for this crimes. (He's currently in prison in Oregon for his offenses, which are pretty unpleasant, frankly.)
  2. I am completely confused as to why you would be worried.
  3. The always excellent History of Phone Phreaking weblog has an excellent set of scanned images from some FBI busts in the early 1970s. These are photos of vintage blue boxes, well worth checking out. Some Oddly Haunting Old FBI Blue Box Photos
  4. Too late for him to send me a copy, I just bought my customary three. I promise to review this issue as I did the previous one. I'm confused why people who have bought the book would want me to review it, unless you hope that I will spread the word.
  5. Jason Scott your are fucking man

  6. Next time, just mail me with the question. I bet my answer will be more accurate. In this case, the power supply for textfiles.com seems to be getting flaky. so it randomly powered off. My provider cycled it when I noticed and it went back up.
  7. You are all girls.
  8. text files is outdated, and everyone knows it(so i don't know why i am posting). So point out files to archive that I can download; that's what web.textfiles.com is for.
  9. Hi, everyone. Jason Scott, textfiles.com maven and man of a thousand voices (or maybe just one overbearing one). I wanted to take a few moments of your time to personally invite all of you on the forums to Notacon and the event I'm running within it, Blockparty. This would be Notacon, the technology and art conference that has been held in Cleveland the last three years and which is now going for a fourth. I've had the pleasure of attending all the years and it just gets better every year. There's a wide range of speakers presenting a bunch of topics, including my own self giving what will hopefully be a somewhat devastating talk on Wikipedia. The events that have given Notacon some of its great reputation are returning, including the "Anything but Ethernet" communications contest and the infamous Notacon Radio which has seen many fine binrev-affiliated folks making appearances. Blockparty is mine and RaD Man's attempt to do an american demoparty. If you've not heard of demoparties before, there's an excellent site called scene.org which has lots of links to photos and productions of the last decade. These events are very rare in the US and so we thought we'd take a run at doing one ourselves. To do this, I've assembled a great set of speakers that are Blockparty branded, including the legendary Necros, who was one of the big names of the 1990s tracking scene, and both Trixter and Phoenix of the Hornet demo group and historical archive, who have gone on to create the Mindcandy series of Demo DVDs. Some people here have attended before, others have heard of it but not gone, and I suspect there's a swath of people who haven't heard of it. Now you have. Blockparty @ Notacon is being held on April 27-29, 2007 in Cleveland, Ohio. check out the site and consider attending. I'll personally do my best to ensure you have a unique and fun time.
  10. It's an ad-supported community for wayward teens, but we're losing money hand over fist for some reason.
  11. www.textfiles.com I'm a solution, but I'm not the solution. I am, at the end of the day, still a guy with a computer and some disks, and others can feel free to also host. Danger comes when a set of information is considered the province of a single group or individual. If things cave for whatever reason, a lot of stuff is lost. Granted, I'm an excellent horse to back in such matters, but I'm not the be-all.
  12. Somehow I ended up on some mailing list that gives lots and lots of advice and then wants me to buy something. It's called the "Web Informant". I'm sometimes really lazy about getting off these lists, and this is one of those where this is the case. Anyway, he posted a thing about "podcasting for beginners" that's actually pretty helpful. I'm going to dump the whole thing here, because what the hell. I'll leave his silly self-promo junk in it so people can go read up on the guy if they want. Web Informant 26 April 2006: How to Coach Beginning Podcasters I have been spending some time the last couple of weeks with two clients to try to help them become podcasters. One is a filmmaker, the other a leadership coach and consultant. In both cases, they are somewhat computer and Internet-savvy, run their own small businesses and have put up rudimentary Web sites. They both wanted to use podcasts to promote their core business and as another marketing tool in their arsenal. Where they needed me was to help them get over the technical humps of creating and distributing the podcasts. It has been a fascinating learning experience for me on several levels. Here's what I have found out. First, the whole domain management/registrar system isn't for mere mortals. While it has gotten better since the go-go days of the 1990s, it still needs work to do even the simplest tasks. In both cases, my clients needed new domains to point to their podcasts that would supplement their existing ones that they started for their businesses. We had to dig around to find their registrar login information. Now, while I still host one of my domains with Network Solutions, I have found that GoDaddy offers better prices and better service, particularly for managing multiple domains. They also don't hide the additional charges after you purchase the basic domain name. So we first had to set up the domains on GoDaddy and show my clients what was involved in pointing to these new domains at their old servers. In both cases, they had their domains set up by their computer consultant, but I wanted them to take control and become masters of their own podcasting domain. I think it is very important for branding purposes that you have a domain that matches the name of your podcast, and that you can say the name clearly and have people remember what they are listening to the podcast. The name should also match your email address too. Next we started creating a couple of sample podcasts. Creating compelling content is hard work, and requires three skills -- script blocking, writing and storytelling. It helps to have that Radio Voice too. First, before you do anything, you need a template or outline or whatever you want to call it that blocks out what you intend to say, how the podcast will flow, and what pieces you will need to put together. I will never forget how I came to write my first published book. I wrote it with Marshall Rose, the originator of the email protocol that we all use today and author of several books by the time he came to me to help him write his next one back in 1998. Marshall taught me how to block out a book and organize ourselves with chapters and sections in such a way that the two of us could complete the manuscript without having to be in the same city, time zone, or even writing portions of the same chapters together. It was a wonderful experience, and the same thing holds true for podcasts, only on a much smaller scale. For example, here is one template. First is the intro message that names the speaker and a brief five-word description of the podcast. Then, we state the problem or issue that is at hand. Next, tell the story illustrating the meat of the matter. Finally, wrap it up with lessons learned, or the outro mentioning the URL, email and other contact info. In addition to blocking out your script, you next have to write one that is solid, and then be able to narrate it so it doesn't sound like you are reading it. The best podcasts are well written ones that have flowing sentences, engaging thoughts that are connected in some coherent fashion. If you aren't an extemporaneous speaker, you need to write the stuff down first and go over it so that it sounds natural and like you talk. A great example of this is Nemcoff's Pacific Coast Hellway podcasts that he claims he does from his car, driving down Pacific Coast Highway on his way to work. He told me that he is reading from a script that he polishes in advance. How he can operate his podcasting rig, read from a script, and navigate the twists and turns of PCH is beyond me. (Maybe Intern Guy is doing the actual driving?) Anyway, back to lessons learned. Why all this trouble with the raw materials, you may ask? Podcasts are personal conversations between the broadcaster and the listener. Because so many of us listen to them on headphones, or in the solitude of our cars, we tend to develop relationships with the podcaster and begin to think that he or she is speaking only to us. It helps to have something to say and to say it in a way that will keep the audience engaged. Too many podcasters take the route of having a couple of guys jabbering away: I have listened to the first ten minutes of many of these and don't return. Finally, you have to be a great storyteller and put together a compelling story that will keep the audience's interest. I listen to some podcasts that last for 20 minutes to an hour -- in some cases, the hour-long versions have more compelling stories than the shorter ones. It helps to be a gifted speaker and know how to string along your audience with word pictures, letting them illustrate what you are saying in their minds. The best radio broadcasters take this for granted, and it is a skill that only comes with lots of practice. Once you have a couple of scripts together, you have to record them in your computer. This is where the hairy edge of the podcasting tools really shows its dark underbelly, and where one of my clients (the leadership coach) had the most trouble. He wasn't a computer wizard, and he was also using the computer to do something completely different from his normal email/word processing milieu. I had to design a set of tools that were relatively simple, and that he could easily use to get the audio tracks on his computer. We ended up with M-Audio's Podcast Factory, which is a box that includes Audacity software, a good quality mic, and an USB/audio preamp. The product claims to include everything in the box to do podcasts, but only if you are running Windows, and only if you have Strom or some other computer expert looking over your shoulder to tie up loose ends and download a missing piece here or there. Both clients reached roadblocks creating the final MP3 file that is the actual podcast, and getting them uploaded to the Internet. With the leadership coach using Audacity, the trouble was the missing LAME encoder that converts the Audacity native files into MP3s. We had to root around on the Internet and download the right version to his Mac. My other client, the filmmaker, was used to using Final Cut Pro (also on her Mac), so we used that to create the audio files. But again, FCP only outputs to .WAV not to MP3s, so we had to find something else to use for that. It would be nice to have something that could do the podcast from beginning to end in a single application, but we aren't there yet. Finally, there is the upload step, and the promotional step. These two go hand-in-hand and are perhaps the most important ones in the entire process. They are important because otherwise no one will find -- and listen to -- your podcasts. Part of having a great podcast is producing enough short promos that can be played on other podcasts, and knowing what those complementary podcasts are and being able to find the hosts or producers of them to get the promos played. At this point, I suggested finding the right 20-something who is familiar with online communities and help both my clients out in getting heard in the right places. You also have to tag the files with the right information so that search engines will find them and that iTunes users can view what they are about before they play them. Obviously, there is a lot more to this than I have put down here. But what is exciting about doing this is that I can help connect the dots for people that have a lot to say and just need to get the technology out of their way and create their thing. If you are interested in having me coach you to create a great podcast series, drop me an email and we can chat about what fees and time are involved. And maybe one of these days I will actually have time to write my own podcasts too! Where in the world is Strom? Next week is Interop, I will be at the show starting Sunday night through Wednesday. My schedule is pretty well set, but I do have some time on Monday afternoon if you would like to get together and gripe about the oddities and absurdities of Las Vegas. On May 13 here in LA, I will be part of the local chapter of the National Speaker's Association May Media Madness seminar. We match up media bookers and producers with speakers giving their pitch about their expertise. It is a fun-filled morning taking place in the beautiful City of Commerce, appropriately enough. http://www.nsaglac.org/meetings/meeting_2006_05.php The beginning of June I am working at Stanford University, my old alma mater, with Information Security magazine, testing a bunch of SSL VPN products. It will be great to be back on campus. As many of you might not know, when I got the idea for Network Computing's "real world labs" we had put one together at Stanford. Just goes to show you what a potent idea it was 16 years ago. And speaking of Network Computing, I will be writing the September cover story. I am excited about being back in its pages after so many years and working with some of the people who I helped launch their publishing careers. _______________________________________________ David Strom Santa Monica, CA 310 829 4742 Web Informant is ® registered trademark with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. ISSN #1524-6353 registered with U.S. Library of Congress Entire contents copyright 2006 by David Strom, Inc. Subscribe/unsubscribe via the Web at: http://lists.avolio.com/mailman/listinfo/informant Tired of reading these in email? Go to my blog and sign up for the RSS feed at: feed://strominator.com/feed/
  13. Hey there. A wrapup, photo album, and full audio from the two days of Notacon Radio are up at: http://www.notaconradio.org/2006 I have all the audio files here: http://www.notaconradio.org/2006/radio I could use some help telling me who was on during which; I'm going to listen to some of these as I can, but obviously I have a lot on my plate and it might take a lot longer than it needs to for me to get names and descriptions up. I know some of you used this thing to record your own shows buried in the streams. If you need me to make the original .WAV files available to you, let me know.
  14. Yeah, little heartbreakers. I had 12 people in attendance for my talk. Yes, 12.
  15. The key to being an archive is not to decide, here in the dawn of information, what "should" be saved.