Relive Jurassic Park's Iconic Hacking Scene Right From Your Browser

For the most part, Jurassic Park isn't the kind of movie you'd want a chance to live out, what with the mortal danger and velociraptors and all that. But thanks to the amazing Jurassic Systems website, you can experience of of Jurassic Park's safer thrills first-hand: getting hacked by Dennis Nedry. » 3/03/14 9:30am 3/03/14 9:30am

The Simple Unix Command That Gave Birth To Social Networking

A long time ago, when people dialed (as in telephones) into Unix machines in some closet or college campus, they used a command called "w" to see who was also on the machine. » 12/19/11 2:20pm 12/19/11 2:20pm

Dennis Ritchie, Co-Creator of Unix and Founder of C, Has Died


In less than a week, the world has lost two tech pioneers. Last week, we mourned the passing of Steve Jobs, and now we say goodbye to computer scientist Dennis Ritchie who also recently died. » 10/13/11 1:33am 10/13/11 1:33am

Cathode Puts The Sex Back In Terminal Emulators

Twenty bucks for a terminal emulator when there's already a perfectly serviceable one on your Mac? Secret Geometry's "Cathode" makes a good case for itself. It can look like nearly any terminal on any old flickering CRT monitor. » 1/25/11 11:40am 1/25/11 11:40am

20 Free OS Games From Last 40 Years Will Make You Go All Nostalgic

Solitaire. 3D Pinball. DONKEY.BAS. Macintosh's Puzzle. These are just some of the games listed in Technologizer's round-up of the best free games included on each operating system since 1971. They're missing SkiFree though, which robbed many of our childhoods. [Technologizer] » 8/02/10 3:02am 8/02/10 3:02am

Microsoft's Pseudo Sudo Patent

So, how exactly did Microsoft—those bastards!—end up patenting Sudo, a years-old Linux command line tool, without someone stepping in to stop them? Easy! They didn't. » 11/16/09 11:34am 11/16/09 11:34am

Beware: UNIX Time to Read 1234567890 On Friday the 13th

Forget the Mayans and their silly 2012 doomsday scenario. The real end of the world will happen because of that most venerable of operating systems: UNIX. » 2/08/09 7:15pm 2/08/09 7:15pm

People Have No Idea What Windows 7 Is

Proof Microsoft could've done whatever it wanted with Windows 7 and people would've swallowed it, as long as it's pretty: People told a demo of KDE 4 was Windows 7 were amazed.
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[ZDNet via CrunchGear] » 2/06/09 1:00pm 2/06/09 1:00pm

The Linux Boot Sequence, Visualized

Most of us don't appreciate all the processes involved with our OS's boot sequence; we're far more interested in watching that status bar fill. In this visualization of the Linux boot sequence, each function is a node, and each line connecting the nodes represents a call, direct branch, or indirect branch. The image… » 11/12/08 5:40pm 11/12/08 5:40pm

Twenty Five Year Old Unix Bug Finally Fixed

We're not sure why nobody's caught this bug until now, but OpenBSD developer Marc Balmer has just closed the book on a 25-year-old flaw affecting BSD file systems. He found it when an OpenBSD user emailed him about SAMBA crashing, which he then traced to a workaround SAMBA used to function correctly on BSD systems,… » 5/12/08 4:10pm 5/12/08 4:10pm

Rez TranceVibrator: OS X/Linux Drivers and fingerd Client

The special edition of Japanese Dreamcast/Playstation 2 game Rez included a device called the "Trance Vibrator", which plugged in as a controller and was meant to go under a couch pillow and vibrate from there, so someone playing Rez would feel like they were in a club. People soon found another more obvious use for… » 3/27/06 12:59pm 3/27/06 12:59pm