The 15th of January is the official birthdate of Wikipedia. In only four days the name Wikipedia was born, a domain name was registered and the work was set in motion. Since then Wikipedia has grown rapidly, the english version has over five million articles and the Swedish version can proudly present a little over two million articles. We will present 10 articles from this treasure-house that in some way or another relates to IT and that we think is either stirring, interesting or just totally absurd.
Lenna – The story about how the Swedish Lena Söderberg became a model for the standard test image. The standard test images are used in the field of different image processing. We also like to show you the image formatÂ LenPEG.
Michael Larson – Larson was a participant in program “Press your luck” in 1985. He won 110 237 dollar but was accused for cheating.
MissingNo. – A Pokémon that has a different origin and therefor isn’t all official.
Max Headroom broadcast signal intrusion – That websites can get hacked and get it’s context changed is unfortunately not completely unusually. Something that doesn’t happen that frequently is that TV-shows get hijacked and get new content. In 1987 this happened to two american Tv channels and who was responsible is still unknown.
Penn & Teller’s Smoke and Mirrors – In 1995 the two magicians and comedians Penn & Teller was planning to release a video game. The game contains of several minigames but when Penn & Teller was in charge everything isn’t what it looks like.
John Titor – A time traveler from 2036 . During the years 2000 and 2001 he warned for a american civil war thruÂ UsenetÂ at the tiime he was waiting to get access to aÂ IBM 5100Â that he was going to bring home with him.
Esoteric programming language – All programming is nice, but some languages is nicer than others. Esoteric programming languages is focused on beauty, not functionalities. The picture on the right hand side shows a script in the programming language Pict.
Project Cybersyn – A project where with neutral networks and automated decision making handle economics. A very existing project, but Chile in the beginning of the 1979th might not have been the right place for a system like that…
USB dead drop – That you want to file share doesn’t mean that you need to at home stuck infront of the computer.
Don’t buy this – a game maker chose to release the top five absolute worst games they had been offered in a package. To even further get people to realize how bad these games was they decided to release the copyright on the games as well.
Hope you enjoyed these Wikipedia treasures as much as we did and happy birthday again to Wikipedia, 15 years old today! 🙂