Podcast of Bruce Sterling's HACKER CRACKDOWN has concluded

Since last June, I've been podcasting a weekly reading from Bruce Sterling's 1992 classic journalistic history of the founding of the online civil liberties movement, The Hacker Crackdown, which chronicles the events that led to the founding of the Electronic Frontier Foundation, my former employer. Hacker Crackdown was the first book I ever read electronically, the first piece of "literary freeware" I ever met. It's a fantastic book and it was a fantastic read.

Yes, I'm done. It took 28 installments, and included some of the strangest stuff I ever read aloud (for example, a mind-bogglingly bureaucratic phone company document around which a great deal of controversy once swirled). Now that I've finished it, I've put together an XML feed for all 28 parts, as well as direct MP3 and Ogg download links -- it's all under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike license. I hope someone'll download all the parts, normalize 'em, trim out the intros, and piece them together into a single file.

I need to thank Bruce Sterling here for his gracious permission in allowing me to read this aloud. Reading Hacker Crackdown back in 1992 -- actually, 1991, since I got hold of an advance copy through Bakka, the bookstore I worked at in Toronto -- absolutely and permanently transformed my life. Reading it again has made me revisit more than a decade's worth of striving, writing, imaginging, working and agitating. This book's an education and a half.

Thanks, Bruce.

MP3s: Part 01, Part 02, Part 03, Part 04, Part 05, Part 06, Part 07, Part 08, Part 09, Part 10, Part 11, Part 12, Part 13, Part 14, Part 15, Part 16, Part 17, Part 18, Part 19, Part 20, Part 21, Part 22, Part 23, Part 24, Part 25, Part 26, Part 27, Part 28,

Ogg: Part 01, Part 02, Part 03, Part 04, Part 05, Part 06, Part 07, Part 08, Part 09, Part 10, Part 11, Part 12, Part 13, Part 14, Part 15, Part 16, Part 17, Part 18, Part 19, Part 20, Part 21, Part 22, Part 23, Part 24, Part 25, Part 26 Part 27 Part 28

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  1. Wow, congrats on completing this. Quite a long read!

    Can we get a podcast file for the Ogg version as well?

  2. Sensoz: so download them all and post a multi-file torrent to a public tracker. Nothing’s stopping you!

  3. “I hope someone’ll download all the parts, normalize ’em, trim out the intros, and piece them together into a single file.”

    Cory –

    Put copies of the mp3 files into a seperate folder (on Debian or K/Ubuntu), then:

    $ sudo apt-get install mp3gain
    $ cd Folder
    $ find . -name ‘*mp3’ | xargs -I FILE rename ‘s/.*_.*_.*_.*_.*_.*_//’ FILE
    $ mp3gain *mp3
    $ find . -name ‘*mp3′ | sort | xargs -I FILE cat FILE >> Whole_Podcast.mp3

    This normalizes the audio files and then combines them in alphabetical order. You would want to edit each piece first to remove any of the intro material that you feel should be taken out.

    Note: The 3rd line matches your filenames of the form “Cory_Doctorow_Podcast_86_The_Hacker_Crackdown_Part_001.mp3’ to make then more manageable.

    Note: ‘Folder’ on line 2 may be interpreted WRT the folder you created, but ALL else is literal; The ‘FILE’ keyword on the other lines stays as-is.

    As much as I love Ogg, the format doesn’t accommodate straightforward normalization (its a messy process involving re-encoding).

    Regards…

  4. Would anyone mind posting the average size of the MP3 files? My internet connection is horrible, and I want to make a rough estimate of how long it’ll take to download.

  5. So, judging by the cover, are hackers even a threat? Because by my eyes they’re still using a PackerdBell circa 1994!

  6. Hey REDMAGE13,

    I have downloaded upto Part 8 and they range in size between 10 and 26 meg.

    Part 3 is a link to another page?
    Part 8 is a link to Part 7?

  7. audioanarchy has a great collection of various anarchist books, essays, and pamphlets. great for driving. it’d be nice to compile a bunch of free readings of kooky kinda stuff and link out to all the various sites. i might get on that.

  8. Very nice read. Does Cory have any plans to do the audio version of Down and Out…? I’ve read that many artists/authors are trying to take advantage of the audio market by producing thier own audio books.

    Jeff

  9. My husband and I enjoyed listening every week. I’m sad it’s over, but thank you very much for reading it Cory!

  10. I made a torrent of the whole podcast for anyone interested. You can download it here.

    I have removed Corry’s introductory comments. There is only audiobook there!

    Did you also listen to pop-corn making in part 12?

  11. Cory,
    I think You must be crazy :-) doing a work like this. But let me say that You are also our digital hero. Bruce’s book is really a MUST, and Your podcast was somehow necessary.

    Thanx, L. :-)

  12. That’s odd, I couldn’t get part 22 or part 25 to work for me, either through the links above or from the iTunes feed (for the mp3 version).

    I’m really looking forward to listening, somehow I missed this when it started!

  13. The links for the mp3s of part 22 and 25 are html files….and not mp3s.

    The html file content is:

    “We’re experiencing system slowness – please try again in a little while. Thanks for your patience!”

  14. Dear all,
    Hi – I think Part 8 is accidently called Part 7, 9 is accidently called 8, but all the rest are correctly named. However, I had a bit of trouble, aswell as Kiki1971, I couldn’t get the MP3 for Part 22, got the same error. I think the file has gone missing or corrupt, so I looked around and found the page for the details of Part 22 at http://www.archive.org/details/Cory_Doctorow_Podcast_107. There is a link to the broken file and a zipped version of it. I was forced to download the zipped version and unzip it but I don’t mind that much. Also, @sensoz, there is a torrent for the whole thing at http://www.mininova.org/tor/1107617 but it isn’t small seperate files, it is one huge one so would take ages to download.

  15. Thanks, that was an awesome book, and well done on getting through it all.

    P.S The links all work for using Firefox 2, but in the new FF 3 Beta 5 none of the links work, for any one having problems.

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