Hacking the Xbox

Shortly after the release of Microsoft's Xbox, Andrew "Bunnie" Huang and his fellow hackers began mod-chipping the video-game machines: grafting their own chips onto the machines to bypass copyright-protection restraints and convert them into high-powered (733-megahertz) multipurpose computers capable of playing MP3s, imported Japanese games and pirated titles. Microsoft was not amused.

Nonetheless, when Microsoft chief Bill Gates visited the University of California at San Diego in 2003, Huang tried to surprise him with a gift: a copy of his book, Hacking the Xbox. Sadly, Huang ruefully reported, "security wouldn't allow it."

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