One Last Time: The Hack/Phreak History Primer

Presented at The Last HOPE (2008), July 18, 2008, 8 p.m. (60 minutes)

In 2008 2600 is 24 years old, the computer bulletin board system is a 30 year relic, and a good number of attendees of HOPE were not born when some events of the "modern" era of computers and hacking began. Historian Jason Scott of presents a quick primer of a large part of the basics of hacking and phreaking history, touching on those sometimes obscure or hilarious subjects that may have escaped notice in a Web 2.0 world.


  • Jason Scott
    Jason Scott is the proprietor of, a collection of decades of computer and online history, as well as the director of a couple of computer history documentaries, including subjects such as Bulletin Board Systems ( and text adventures (