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An Awful Lot to Talk About —

I am happy to announce that I have had talks accepted at both the upcoming HOPE and DEFCON conferences. If you wanted to meet me, this is the best time to do it. If you’ve already met me, this is a great way to do it again.

HOPE (Hotel Pennsylvania, New York City, July 9th-11th)

Knowledge doesn’t move forward without history, and while there have been many steps to capture the stories, lore and data of different aspects of computer cultures, a lot of the same mistakes are made over and over. In a fast-paced one-hour talk, Jason Scott busts out some ideas, tools, and mindsets towards halting the loss, bringing the stories back, and making something to build upon instead of throw away. Along the way, expect a few bucketloads of trivia and memories to sauce up the proceedings.

DEFCON (Alexis Park Resort, Las Vegas, July 31st-August 1st)

Jason Scott of TEXTFILES.COM, a site dedicated to the history of Dial-Up Bulletin Board Systems, embarked on a quest to film an all-inclusive BBS documentary in 2001. What started out as a one-year project grew to three, and what started as a two-hour film will be a six-hour series. Thousands of miles of travel and 200 interviews later, the production is now nearing the end of editing and the release date. Jason tells you what he learned, why you shouldn’t hesitate to make your own projects, and the occasional story that technically can’t be mentioned in the film.

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