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Posted 4 Apr 2013 04:03:25 UTC

The digital archive project continues. This time, we've decided to go in a different direction: backwards. Volume 25 of The Hacker Digest is comprised of material from our quarter century mark back in 2008. It's now available DRM-free for all of your electronic devices from computers to e-readers to phones.

We've reassembled the issues from that year into a book form, complete with an articles section, a payphone photo section, and, of course, the infamous letters section, which clocks in at 56 full pages alone. This was also the first year that we published hacker fiction, and all four of the stories we printed are arranged in a special fiction section. In addition, we have full page versions of all of the covers, along with explanations as to what they all mean and the various things that are hidden within them. The whole digest totals 284 pages in PDF format and - since e-reader pages vary in size - really really big on Kindles and Nooks.

The Hacker Digest project is now moving in three different directions: the one-per-year digest of the most recent material (Volume 29 will be released this summer), the really early days (Volumes 1 and 2 are already out with Volume 3 in production), and now we're also moving backwards from when we started the digitizing project (Volume 26 was the first one published in 2010). Keeping track of our progress can be a bit confusing, but the main thing to remember is that we aim to get it all done eventually.

The only reason we're able to do all of this in the first place is because readers have supported the project. It's a tremendous investment of time and energy to do this properly and we're committed to preserving hacker history as best we can. Volume 25 is particularly interesting since it's still fairly current, but it's beginning to appear a bit nostalgic. In reading through it, you'll soon become aware of some subtle changes in the world of hackers and technology, which will no doubt give some insight as to where things are headed in future years. We're not exaggerating when we say that this probably would have gotten done sooner if we hadn't become so engrossed in the material ourselves.

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