Server Woes

I had some messages from people saying that they weren't getting emails from the site. I looked into this and noticed that email had stopped working on September 10, 2008. I contacted Zee (our host) about the issue and he mentioned that the server had been rebooted by another admin. After looking into the issue a little deeper, he realized that not only was email not working - but mysql was jacked up as well. Shortly after he noticed this, the site got really wacky and I was afraid that we'd be restoring from backups today. Luckily Zee is the man - so that doesn't have to happen.

Tutorial Contest - From 08/29/2008 until 12/01/2008

We just received a $100 donation from nigger_from_the_mother_country to have a tutorial contest. The contest starts today and ends on December 1, 2008. There is no set number or winners or definite prizes other than SOLDIERX shirts so far. nigger_from_the_mother_country said that he wanted one SOLDIERX shirt and he wanted one SOLDIERX shirt to go to whoever writes the best tutorial. I felt like having a contest with only one winner does not seem to be all that exciting, so the contest will have multiple winners.

New SOLDIERX Shirt Pictures

http://www.soldierx.com/images/SOLDIERX-Shirt-Front-No-Background
http://www.soldierx.com/images/SOLDIERX-Shirt-Back-No-Background
http://www.soldierx.com/images/SOLDIERX-Shirt-Front-Crisis-Core-Background
http://www.soldierx.com/images/SOLDIERX-Shirt-Back-Crisis-Core-Background

We are selling all of the extras from Defcon 16 at base cost ($15) plus shipping. Please email rat@soldierx.com if you are interested in purchasing.

In the continental US states the shipping costs will generally be $5 which makes the shirts only $20. We have about 40 shirts left over, so order while you can!

Defcon 16 Results

It looks like Defcon 16 went really well. Blake, devDelay, and bitemytaco gave the speech on modified cable modems without the help of Durandal. Due to his lack of participation, he is now removed from the position of Vice President. His current position is just a regular member who helps with recruiting since his main activity seems to be talking to people. Origin is now our current VP (which was agreed on by the current members in case Durandal didn't make the speech). We still sponsored the speech and sent out free SOLDIERX swag for the people who attended.

Lack of Spirit

Some people have told me that they feel the HDB is pointless. The whole idea behind the HDB is to tell the stories of the past for those who don't know them. Many people don't realize where the hacking/underground/whatever-you-want-to-call-it community has come from, and I feel that it's important to know the roots. Just like a good math teacher will tell you about the history of mathematics, it seems that people should know the history of computer hackers. I feel many people have a lack of spirit as described in http://phrack.com/issues.html?issue=64&id=4#article

Game Server

I had a talk with RaT about hosting a game server, and depending on the game and what resources it takes up he would be glad to host. So I would like to hear everyone's opinion on what games we should try. It can be a FPS, MMORPG, or Strategy game, etc. So please start posting information about what games your interested in. After we come up with a few key games we'll do a final vote.

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