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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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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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animal.pl by alex
please note: animal.pl died tragically during an operating system upgrade. please send flowers to port 25 of slab.org. more information can be found at vivaria.net. animal.pl is at times a confusing software artwork. On viewing its source, you may realise that animal.pl has served you its own sourcecode; it is the [...]
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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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Face #7 by Dave Fischer
Dave Fischer creates images in PostScript using the text editor 'vi'. PostScript is known as a format for printing images to screen and paper, but many overlook that it's actually a fully featured programming language. For more information, read Dave's notes on his computer graphic work, and if you're interested in PostScript itself, have a look [...]
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forkbomb.pl by alex
A fork bomb is described as a program or shell script which (either intentionally or accidently) creates new processes repeatedly using the fork() system call. New processes are created so fast that within no time the process table gets filled up and the system comes to a grinding halt. This particular fork bomb outputs binary data while flooding the machine. [...]
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GNU emacs by Richard Stallman
Emacs is the extensible, customizable, self-documenting real-time display editor.
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hacking sound in context by alex
Without software, a computer is like a stone. Consider a program that generates organised sound - what could it be but a music score, composed by humans? I suggest that ultimately, software can be nothing but human expression. This paper is an exploration of the relationship between the programmer, the programming environment, and computer music applications.
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haiku by Danny O'Brien
A script that finds westernised 'haiku'. It's nice to run over familiar texts, and have sentences presented to you in poetic form.
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NaDa by Bernard Bélanger
Ultra-lightweight software application that does nothing. The first version was 0.9, a system software extension that did nothing. The current version is 0.5, a single byte file that does nothing, that is completely cross-platform. The website advertises a forthcoming version 0.0, but does not yet give clues about how the software will be further reduced. [...]
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Perl, the first postmodern computer language by Larry Wall
A programmer's take on postmodernism.
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sweetcode.org by Dan Egnor
From the site: Sweetcode reports innovative free software. "Innovative" means that the software reported here isn't just a clone of something else or a minor add-on to something else or a port of something else or yet another implementation of a widely recognized concept. (These are all perfectly fine and useful things, they're just not what this site is for.) " [...]
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techno.pl by alex
An audio-visual insight into the beauty of the quicksort algorithm. techno.pl uses the quicksort routine that is built into the Perl programming language interpreter. You see and hear the algorithm compare values as it pivots around and passes up and down the data. As the data becomes sorted, so the sonic and visual effect becomes more regular. [...]
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projects featured by alex


BitmapSequencer by Tom Betts
Face #7 by Dave Fischer
sweetcode.org by Dan Egnor
Rotten Flesh by Jeff Epler


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