NYC2600 Meeting – March 2022

Join us offline or online for March’s NYC2600 meeting!

Here’s how it works:

To attend the physical meeting:

Show up to the food court at Citigroup Center, 53rd Street and Lexington Avenue! Look for a cluster of tables occupied by friendly hackers who are excited to meet you.

Please note that all in-person attendees must show valid proof of vaccination with a matching ID to gain entry to the space. This isn’t political, it’s practical and enforced as such by the venue. The information is checked by security, but not logged. If that is a problem for you, you are invited to stay home and make use of the virtual meeting instead; read on.

To attend the virtual meeting:

  1. Send an email to conf at nyc2600 dot net asking for a Zoom conference invite.
    Please do so even if you were already a recipient of an invite to any previous remote NYC2600 meetings, as those email addresses were not kept. They will not be kept this time, either. These invitations are being handled by a robot which is too busy thinking about the future to remember you.
  2. You’ll receive said invite at the email address from which you requested it. With this invite you can join by web, app, or even private or public telephone (originating numbers will be partially masked from other participants) anytime after the meeting starts up at 5PM EST.
  3. There’s no step 3!!!

NYC2600 Meeting – February 2022

Join us offline or online for February’s NYC2600 meeting!

Here’s how it works:

To attend the physical meeting:

Show up to the food court at Citigroup Center, 53rd Street and Lexington Avenue! Look for a cluster of tables occupied by friendly hackers who are excited to meet you.

Please note that all in-person attendees must show valid proof of vaccination with a matching ID to gain entry to the space. This isn’t political, it’s practical and enforced as such by the venue and the city. The information is checked by security, but not logged. If that is a problem for you, you are invited to stay home and make use of the virtual meeting instead; read on.

To attend the virtual meeting:

  1. Send an email to conf at nyc2600 dot net asking for a Zoom conference invite.
    Please do so even if you were already a recipient of an invite to any previous remote NYC2600 meetings, as those email addresses were not kept. They will not be kept this time, either. These invitations are being handled by a robot which is too busy hunting groundhogs to remember you.
  2. You’ll receive said invite at the email address from which you requested it. With this invite you can join by web, app, or even private or public telephone (originating numbers will be partially masked from other participants) anytime after the meeting starts up at 5PM EST.
  3. There’s no step 3!!!

See you there!

NYC2600 Meeting – January 2022

A new year, a new start.

Join us virtually or physically for January’s NYC2600 meeting!

Please note: While the physical meeting is currently still scheduled to happen this week, during this time of newly-increasing caution and record-breaking pandemic surges we strongly encourage all who may be on or near the fence about attending to make use of the virtual meeting! It’s scary out there for many, and it’s truly okay to stay home.

  • Who: Us, and hopefully you.
  • What: The NYC2600 Meeting, Dernyn Memorial Edition.
  • When: Friday, January 7, beginning at 5:00 PM EST.
  • Where: In-person at Citigroup Center, or virtually via Zoom.
  • Why: To meet up, eat food, do things, and stay warm and interested.

Here’s how it works:

To attend the physical meeting:

Show up to the food court at Citigroup Center, 53rd Street and Lexington Avenue! Look for a cluster of tables occupied by friendly hackers who are excited to meet you.

To attend the virtual meeting:

  1. Send an email to conf at nyc2600 dot net asking for a Zoom conference invite.
    Please do so even if you were already a recipient of an invite to any previous remote NYC2600 meetings, as those email addresses were not kept. They will not be kept this time, either. These invitations are being handled by a robot which is too busy cleaning up New-Year’s confetti to remember you.
  2. You’ll receive said invite at the email address from which you requested it. With this invite you can join by web, app, or even private or public telephone (originating numbers will be partially masked from other participants) anytime after the meeting starts up at 5PM EST.
  3. There’s still no step 3!!!

See you there!

RIP Joel D’Ort

Photo of Joel D'Ort, a.k.a. Dernyn.
Dernyn gathers his gear at the end of his 2006 HOPE talk.

It is with a broken heart we share the news that longtime NYC2600 friend Joel D’Ort, also known as Dernyn, was killed in a traffic accident on Tuesday, December 21, during a visit to Hawaii. He was 40.

Joel began attending NYC2600 meetings in 2000, and was known by many of us as an eager learner and a fun presence with an endlessly curious mind. He was an avid attendee of the HOPE conferences, eventually taking the stage himself as part of a panel discussion of weird technology in 2006 and for a solo presentation about reverse-engineering a USB firewall in 2018.

Many of us in the NYC2600 crowd, this writer included, counted Joel as a close friend and companion in adventures beyond just the hacker scene. While he had his struggles in life he pushed past them with enthusiasm and determination, and it devastates us to know that the promising future he’d been working long and hard toward for himself will now not come to pass. Joel meant a great deal to a great many, and will be sorely missed.

A fundraiser has been posted by Joel’s family to help with the expenses of transporting his remains home from Hawaii and funeral arrangements, and it is planned to update that page with the details of services when they are announced. We strongly encourage all who are able to donate what they can.

While Joel was not the most avid user of public-facing social media, you can see a little bit of the imprint he made on the Web at Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and GitHub.

NYC2600 Meeting – December 2021

Hey folks, we’re going the heck back to Citigroup!

Join us for December’s NYC2600 meeting!

  • Who: Us, and hopefully you.
  • What: The NYC2600 Meeting, Accessibility For All Edition.
  • When: Friday, December 3, beginning at 5:00 PM EST.
  • Where: There are two big answers to this question!
    • The physical meeting, after a long hiatus during which we met at the Atrium around the corner, has returned to Citigroup Center on the corner of 53rd St and Lexington Avenue. We will be holding the meeting in the newly-remodeled food court where we originally met!
    • The virtual meeting will occur wherever you are, via Zoom.
  • Why: To meet up, eat food, do things, and check out all the cool new stuff at our cool old home!

Here’s how it works:

To attend the physical meeting:

Show up here, in the food court at Citigroup Center, our old home, at 53rd Street and Lexington Avenue!

The old food court at Citigroup, after years of remodeling, is now the new food court at Citigroup, and its name is the Hugh. Check out the details on this page!

Photo of the new food court at Citigroup.

To attend the virtual meeting:

  1. Send an email to conf at nyc2600 dot net asking for a Zoom conference invite.
    Please do so even if you were already a recipient of an invite to any previous remote NYC2600 meetings, as those email addresses were not kept. They will not be kept this time, either. These invitations are being handled by a robot which is too busy playing in the snow to remember you.
  2. You’ll receive said invite at the email address from which you requested it. With this invite you can join by web, app, or even citi-grouping telephone (originating numbers will be partially masked from other participants) anytime after the meeting starts up at 5PM EST.
  3. There’s still no step 3!!!

While we have in the past endeavored to maintain something of a continuous connection between the virtual and physical meetings, we can no longer do so. After the physical meeting returned indoors we discovered the ambient noise from an enclosed space drowns out and ruins the virtual meeting entirely while connection is made. This practical issue, combined with the increasingly-apparent ethical concerns about a public live feed from an indoor space in which people could find their voices or images broadcast without consent, have brought us to the conclusion that the virtual and physical meetings are best planned as unconnected events from now on.

See you there!