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Sign Hack

Approximately three weeks before the end of the school year 2000, the Carnegie Mellon School of Drama put up a large LED sign underneath the arch of Purnell Center for the Arts, which faces Forbes Ave. and everyone walks under on the way to class. This sign is used to advertise event for the School of Drama and the Miller Art Gallery. Since its appearence, many factions sought after its control, to be know as the first people to hack the sign. Two weeks later someone did. This is that story.

From 5:15 am to 9:45 am on May 12, 2000, in addition to the 3 frame Miller Gallery message, the sign also carried a 5 frame hacked messages. Here are images of the first 4 frames. The fifth, missing frame read "Who else hates this sign?"

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The next day, someone reacted by painting the fence as follows.

This article appeared in the Tribune-Review and on their website, "Graffiti Goes High Tech at Carnegie Mellon".