"1 kilobyte. 1 kibibyte. 1 kilobit. 1,000 ASCII characters. Source code, file size, tile size, the number of letters in a short story: you decide."
That–making the most of limited resources–was our challenge to you. In return, we received a host of fantastic entries, ranging from short stories to procedural robot generators. Now comes the challenge of picking one to win a terabyte hard drive from Seagate, but not before we collect all the entrants in one place.
The gallery of 1K wonders follows after the jump.CSS Mario Head
Shown here as an image - source code
By Gabriel McGovern - <1000-byte PNG
1,000 digits of PI
Mini Robot Factory
Find all 10
By Thaddeus Smith (Click photo to zoom)
By Dan Hernandez
Download Windows executable (I'm on a mac, will add a screenshot in a bit)
Straight Punch to the Crotch
By Billy Hunt - Band Logo
By Juan Calderon
3D matrix of the BBG logo
Screenshot here - 1000 byte source
Frink was breathless: "It happened while I was testing a batch of the new Giant MagnetoResistive tech; I'd initialised the platter with zeroes and then read it back to verify. The qual script flagged it as a write failure, but with an incredibly high failure perce-"
Johnson interrupted: "Cut to the chase, man - you're saying the run was contaminated."
"No - no sir, it's not that at all. I dug through the log fil-"
"So if it's not contamination then it's the test equipmen-"
Frink spoke uncharacteristically louder: "NO, sir, let me finish: I checked the log files. It's reading back the same values every. single. time. No matter /what/ we write to the platters."
"At first, we thought it was random noise - but it turns out to be twenty-two digits from the deeply insignificant depths of Pi, sir, followed by seven others."
The room went really quiet.
Terwilliger drew breath and said "Followed by one through ten, right?"
"A thousand, sir. Binary counting."
By Michael W. Hyde
Today on the NewYou.com hour our guest is scientist, author - and until a recent press release, recluse - Doctor Joeseph Veriton. Thank you for coming on our show."
"I'm delighted to be here, thank you for having me."
"Doctor Veriton, how did you manage to encode an entire human genome into a single kilobyte?"
"The short answer is compression. The long answer is I didn't; the DNA did."
"Could you describe for us the theory behind it?"
"Sure. DNA has four ingredients, and those ingredients are mapped in a series in order to create the infamous double helix. What happens is: incredibly complex patterns begin to emerge, so complex that we can't see them -- but protein-based computers can, because they contain many if not all the same patterns, but in a different order. We don't encode the genome, we encode the patterns. The protein can 'unzip' the pattern, using itself as a sort of template."
"And what is your proof, doctor?"
With a nod, three more Doctors Veriton walked on, stage right.
UPDATE: A late entry came in from Stubbe: a procedural animation with music! I haven't had a chance to see it, yet, as it requires a swish video card.
And here's a bigger version of Mona Lisa, still under 1,000 bytes, courtesy of Gabriel: