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MacMag Virus by Computer Graphics Conspiracy / Artemus Barnoz & others
A computer virus written and spread as an artistic/Neoist prank in 1988. From the Montreal headquarters of the "MacMag" computer magazine and the Neoist "Computer Graphics Conspiracy", it disseminated widely via the Compuserve online service and was even on the official retail floppies of Aldus FreeHand 1.0. [...]
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Composition 1961 1-29 by LaMonte Young
A paper card with the instruction: "Draw a straight line and follow it."
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copy/paste by Doris Traubenzucker
Written in 1996: a Macintosh program which displays an ASCII dump of itself in a text window. The text window is fixed, and the program menu consists only of two entries: "Copy" and "Paste". Users/exhibition visitor may only use the mouse to change the text in the window. They can't type in anything, but have to select existing characters or character combinations from the window and combine them [...]
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walser.php by / Project Gnutenberg
walser.php is a PHP script which, when executed, outputs an ASCII text version of the novel "Tod eines Kritikers" ("Death of a Critic") by the famous contemporary German novelist Martin Walser. When it appeared in 2002, this novel was highly controversial and being criticized as an anti-semitic caricature of a German literary critic. [...]
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neverending search for highest number by trashconnection
Perl-generated web page (CGI) which, in an infinite random loop, searches for the highest number. Sourcecode: #!/usr/bin/perl -w # neverending search for the highest number # created for the future print "content-type: text/html\n\n"; for ( $a=int(rand 1000000); $a>0; $b=$a*$a+$b ) { print "<font face=courier>$a\n$b\n"; }
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processor art by thor magnusson
a paper discussing the current state of software and generative arts, from a historical, philosophical and art-historical perspective. processor art is a perspective of artworks that necessarily use the qualities of the micro processor to generate or make the artworks alife.
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OuLiBOT by jo walsh
OuLiBOT looks like an artistic personal search engine. It has a webserver and many IRC clients, which talk to each other in a babbling backbrain irc channel. its cut-up style pronouncements are inspired by the work of the OuLiPo movement on text generation/constraint. the code was originally written for a collaborative commission between jo walsh and jeff instone for the generator exhibition [...]
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Various CueCat Hacks by Various Authors
The CueCat was a promotional barcode scanner distributed for free to magazine subscribers and electronics store customers in the U.S. in 2000/2001. Consumers were instructed to hook up the device to their home computer, then use the CueCat to scan barcodes on products and print ads - in order to be taken directly to websites advertising the products. [...]
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Google Groups Art by Paul, Tim Flaherty, Nathan McCoy, Stuart Langridge
Google Groups Art (sometimes called "Google Art") is a hack that uses/abuses the fact that Google Groups color-highlights searchterm queries within Usenet posts it displays. The result is that color images are generated within the Google Groups (Usenet) posts themselves. Google Art first surfaced in summer 2002. [...]
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Acme::Module::Authors by Tatsuhiko Miyagawa
If you include this library in your Perl program, then just before your program exits, the authors of 'CPAN' Perl libraries used by your program are printed out. This is rather nice, as these library authors have given their work freely, save others a lot of time and are often not fully appreciated. [...]
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Duff's Device by Tom Duff
Described as "the most dramatic use of fall-through yet seen in C", Duff's device is a remarkable algorithm that somehow marries two C structures in a surprising and efficient way. The result is both ugly and beautiful; disgusting and elegant. The purpose of Duff's device is to transform data into an output stream, although it's more commonly used to confuse students and experienced [...]
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Acme::ManekiNeko by Greg McCarroll
"According to ancient legend, this cat stood in the doorway of the Gotoku-ji temple and raised her paw in the traditional Japanese beckoning gesture to a feudal lord who was passing by. The feudal lord followed the cat into the temple and instantly, a lightning bolt struck the place where the lord had been standing. Thus the cat had saved his life. [...]
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CueJack by Cue P. Doll
CueJack is a software application that lets you scan a product with a :CueCat scanner, then displays a web page with "alternative information" about the product's company. It's a software parody, or "parodyware." Windows version linked here - source code and Linux version available at
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are you burnt out on programming? did the dotcom bust you? too unstructured for structured programming? are you a messy, impulsive, luser in search of an attention span? don't let the software cult execute you! cast off your markov chains and start deprogramming! introducing - e.p. #1: don't let the dotcom bust you. [...]
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Travesty by Hugh Kenner and Joseph P. O'Rourke
Travesty, as it's mostly known today, is a Perl program for scrambling a text based on the frequency with which pairs of words appear in the original text. The result is a strange parody of the original It can also be used to scramble multiple texts - which creates a parody that algorithmically draws parallels between the two (because it reveals how some of the same idioms/structures are used [...]
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