Emails often contain 1×1-pixel, transparent, or tiny hidden images used to track that the email has been opened. Using a Python script, I gathered all 12,383 of them in my inbox and deleted mail folder into the image above. The black pixels on the bottom are the remainder of the pixels in the final row.
The above version is scaled up; see the pixel-accurate 111x112px version here.
Some random notes from Ted Nelson’s 1974 book Computer Lib/Dream Machines:
- “Computing has always been personal. By this I mean that if you weren’t intensely involved in it, sometimes with every fiber in your mind twitch, you weren’t doing computers, you were just a user.” (Computer Lib, page 3)
- “People talk about the “depersonalization” of computers. I want to emphasize the personalization of computers – that they, their programs, and languages, are designed by individuals, each with his or her own obsessions.” (Computer Lib, page 4)
- Mentions Ken Knowlton’s On the Frustrations of Collaborating with Artists – A Programmer’s Reflections (Computer Lib, page 399)
- “When you first sit at a computer terminal, the feeling is one of sheer terror. Sweat and chills, jumpiness and sudden clumsy nervous motions, lunatic absentmindedness, and stammering fear and awkwardness interfere with your ability to function or understand the person who is helping you. It’s perfectly normal.” (Dream Machines, page 11)
- “The computer display will be mankind’s new home.” (Dream Machines, page 13)
"Azimut" Production Association JSC
"RPC "Energoautomatika" Ltd
100fio networks technology llc
11wave Technonlogy Co.,Ltd
1394 PRINTER WORKING GROUP
1394 Trade Association
2 Save Energy Ltd
2001 Technology Inc.
2276427 Ontario Inc
27M Technologies AB
2C - Trifonov & Co
Every registered Organizationally Unique Identifier (OUI), used in networked hardware and included in a device’s MAC address. List via: http://standards-oui.ieee.org/oui.txt
Read the full list of 16k OUIs here: https://gist.github.com/jeffThompson/619bc8612bbd03fa22c3
Totally obsessed with the look of early spacecraft – here the Mariner 2, built in 1962 and the first to travel to another planet, which passed within 21,000 miles of Venus.
Wiring layout for computing using an IBM Tabulator – here to create a statistical report “classifying employees by sex and age group”.
Antennas used for measuring electromagnetic fields, via ETS Lindgren.
Screenshot of the Russian spam site o-o-6–o-o.com.
Apple’s “Mission Control” can be activated by swiping three fingers upward to shrink the current windows, allowing easier viewing of what you have open. But what if it wasn’t shrinking, but moving backwards in three-dimensional space? Sort of like this:
Linear perspective, following Euclidean geometry, lets us calculate the distance of an object based on its actual and apparent heights. With a few screenshots we can get the measurements.
A full-sized window on my laptop measures:
1746 pixels high @ 144 ppi (12.125 inches)
In Mission Control view, it measures:
1034 pixels high @ 144 ppi (7.181 inches)
Now, using this formula:
d = h*a
h = apparent height
a = actual height of object
d = distance
And given our measurements, we can calculate the Mission Control depth:
d = 7.181 * 12.125 = ~87" = ~7'3" (or about 2.2 meters)
Or about like this:
Photocopy of a screenshot of CAD software, via this patent: “Method and apparatus for geometric variations to integrate parametric computer aided design with tolerance analyses and optimization”.