Recreate the Hack from Sneakers


If simply popping into the command line isn’t enough to make you feel like a ‘90s hacker, GitHub user bartobri created a silly decrypting text effect pulledfrom the movie Sneakers.

Once you install the tools, you can manually run any command you want through the decryption effect. You can also just type sneakers into the Terminal for an exact reproduction of the movie scene. Silly? Sure, but we could all use a cool decryption animation in Terminal every once in a while. You’ll find install guides for a variety of different operating systems over on GitHub.

From bartobri

No More Secrets

“No More Secrets” is the name I’ve lovingly given to the infamous “decrypting text” effect seen on screen in the 1992 hacker movie Sneakers. If you are unfamiliar with the effect, it can be seen at 0:35 in this youtube video.

This project provides tools to recreate this effect in your projects.

Windows Live Writer Is Now Open Live Writer


Scott Hanselman blogs about the release of Open Live Writer which replaces Windows Live Writer (not updated since 2012) which despite its lack of maintenance is a very popular blogging platform, especially with the WordPress community.  Give it a try and see.


We encourage you to install Open Live Writer and try it out! OLW will run side-by-side with your existing Windows Live Writer installation. Open Live Writer installs VERY quickly and updates itself automatically. Try it out! It’s early but it’s a start. Please bear with us as we work to improve Open Live Writer.

if you do find bugs, please share your bugs at be specific about what’s not working. And please, be patient. We are doing this as volunteers – we are NOT representing Microsoft. Open Live Writer is no longer a Microsoft project, so while we will do our best to support you, let’s all try to support one another!

Github for Non-Programmers

The popular service could become the web’s de facto home for open data according to The Atlantic

Note:  Read the article on their website for complete quotes and pictures.  I am putting a small copy of a reduced set her for archival purposes as this speaks to one of my annual resolutions.

I am playing with the idea of using Jekyll in one of my classes, and even in writing using GitHub and seeing where it takes me.  I am committing to learning and using it more than I do, maintaining my Moodle server and so forth.  I am still only scratching the surface of GitHub and not finding I like how little I know and use it.  It is as if I have condemned this service, which I know to be seminal, to the island of products to pass over.

Open Government on github

Open Government was published in 2010 by O’Reilly Media. The United States had just elected a president in 2008, who, on his first day in office, issued an executive order committing his administration to "an unprecedented level of openness in government." The contributors of Open Government had long fought for transparency and openness in government, as well as access to public information. Aaron Swartz was one of these contributors (Chapter 25: When is Transparency Useful?). Aaron was a hacker, an activist, a builder, and a respected member of the technology community. O’Reilly Media is making Open Government free to all to access in honor of Aaron. #PDFtribute

— Tim O’Reilly, January 15, 2013