PC Mag’s greatest hacks of all time

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“Just 10?” is the obvious refrain, but those selected are beauts. Starting with 1961′s Space War game – a PDP-1 mainframe hack – it leads right up to cool present day stuff like Hackintoshes and DeCSS. And, of course, Ben Heck.

Pictured is Joi Ito’s photograph of a PDP-1 running Spacewar. If you’re ever near Albuquerque, they have one at the STARTUP exhibit.

Photo: Joi Ito

The Ten Greatest Hacks of All Time [PC mag via Hackaday]

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2 Responses to PC Mag’s greatest hacks of all time

  1. dculberson says:

    I love Spacewar.

  2. the_boy says:

    I live in Albuquerque, and it’s pretty awesome (both the city and the game, really)!

    I think it’s being run through some sort of emulator, but I am in no way techies enough to figure it out (plus, I’m at school in another state).

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