Interesting Reads

(2013) Fan is A Tool-Using Animal

A sometimes odd but fascinating read around fandoms/fanfiction and how the communities use various services.

  • 15 Jun 2022

(2021) Playing to Win - Minecraft

A story around exploiting the economics inside Minecraft for profit.

  • 1 Apr 2022

(2000) Things You Should Never Do

One of the founders of Stackoverflow talks about the perils of rewriting a codebase with examples from Netscape Navigator.

  • 24 Feb 2022

(2021) Halt and Catch Fire Watching Club Syllabus

A fascinating website with classes devoted to the Halt and Catch Fire TV series. If you haven’t watched it do yourself a favour.

  • 22 Feb 2022

(2001) DirecTV's Secret War On Hackers

A fascinating story around DirecTV pirates in the early 2000’s and the lengths DirecTV went to brick pirate cards a week before the superbowl. A few more interesting articles can be found here and here.

  • 21 Feb 2022

(1999) America Online Exploits Bug In Own Software

Some controversy developed in 1999 concerning the Instant Messaging service provided by America Online (AOL), which had at that time become very popular only recently.

  • 21 Feb 2022

(2002) The Forgotten Employee

Interesting story around a forgotten employee still on the payroll but with no direction.

  • 20 Feb 2022

(2021) Moscow state university network built by students

Moscow University students built an illegal network to meet their needs. Everything from shoddy cabling to network wars.

  • 19 Feb 2022

(2022) Radar Interference Tracker - A New Open Source Tool to Locate Active Military Radar Systems

A very interesting system to identify military radar via satellite imagery.

  • 18 Feb 2022