[MD1] MacHack's Best Hack Contest Results
TweetFollow Us on Twitter

[MD1] MacHack's Best Hack Contest Results

Contact:
Expotech, Inc.
1264 Bedford Rd.
Grosse Pointe Park, MI 48230-1116
Phone: (313) 882-1824
E-mail: expotech@aol.com
Web: http://www.machack.com/

The MacHax(tm) Group announces the results from the
Twelfth Annual Best Hack Contest at MacHack '98.

In its thirteenth year, MacHack convened one minute after midnight on June
20 for another solid 72 hours of hacking, networking, and other worthy
endeavors (often with little or no sleep). The conference opened at
midnight with a keynote by Chris Espinosa, whose 21 year career at Apple
started when he was 14. Very little hacking was observed during Chris'
three hour talk, but it was observed shortly afterwards, and continued even
past midnight two nights later as the Hack Show began.

Interesting, unusual, unexpected, and often entertaining software written
by MacHack attendees are shown by their authors, usually over the course of
several hours. This year's Hack Show lasted about four hours.

After each show, the contest sponsors stay up the rest of the night to put
together a ballot for voting a few hours later at lunch. After tabulation
and a quick trip to Duke's Hardware for prizes, awards are handed out at an
awards ceremony. This year's ballot listed dozens of hacks.

A number of hacks drew special mention, including Fire-IR, Switcher 98 (an
updated version of Andy Hertzfeld's original Switcher), Strategy Du Jour,
They Killed Kenny, iMacOS, Mozetta, and Where've you been lately?

This year we enjoyed the hacking participation of three ten-year-olds, all
of whom have four-letter first names.

Extremely popular, and winning a coveted brick from Duke's, was
"BrickPoint." This Macsbug extension allows one to play BrickOut while in
Apple's low-level debugger. No wonder software deadlines slip! BrickPoint
was written by Andy Bachorski and Nat McCully.

Now to the awards...

Fifth place went to "Spotlight Hack." This hack creates a "hole" in the
Finder's windows so you can see the desktop and icons that are on it. The
hole is a circle that moves with the mouse. It was written by David
Kamholz.

Two hacks tied for third. One was "180 Years of Hack" by P.D. Magnus. This
was P.D.'s first MacHack. P.D. picked up on a printing error and ran with
it. Each of this year's MacHack attendees received a commemorative mug at
registration. Fortuitously, the mugs read "MacHack 1818-1998." P.D.'s hack,
"180 Years of Hack", comes as a set of web pages celebrating (with doctored
photographs and woodcuts) what MacHack and the Best Hack Contest looked
like over the span of the last couple of centuries.

Also taking third place was "PhaseShift" by Ed Wynne and Matt Slot. Ed and
Matt gave some popular screen saver patterns a new twist by running them on
the desktop all of the time instead of across the whole screen when your
machine is idle. PhaseShift also won a special award for Best Color Hack.

Taking second place was "OFPong" by Marcus Jager and Quinn "The Eskimo!".
OFPong is an implementation of the classic "Pong" game, written entirely in
Open Firmware, the Macintosh boot-strap environment. As your machine is
booting you can take a break for a quick game and then continue booting up.

The title of "Best Hack" and the coveted Victor A-Trap trophy went to
"asciiMac", the hands-down favorite hack. Written by a team of first-time
MacHackers, Alexandra Ellwood and Miro Jurisic's hack wowwed and amazed the
late night crowd. This retro-hack renders the entire screen in ASCII art in
real time. The crowd thrilled to demonstrations of the hack's artistic
prowess as it ASCII-converted running QuickTime movies and Windows 95 under
PC emulation.

Some of the previous winners include NetBunny, RearWindow, VideoBeep,
ColorFinder, IRMan, Oscar the Grouch, BillBoot, Practical Joke Protocol,
and Fez. Several of these have gone on to become products, features in
products, or the targets of threats from various large organizations over
things like trademark or copyright infringement.

Many of the hacks will be on the MacHack '98 conference CD. For more
information on the CD and the MacHack conference, please contact
expotech@aol.com or visit http://www.machack.com. For more information on
the Best Hack contest, please attend next year's conference :-)

About MacHack and Expotech
--------------------------
In 1986, some folks at the Computer Aided Engineering Network of the
University of Michigan thought the brand new Macintosh technology would be
a good thing to know more about. They planned an academic conference
related to Macintosh system management issues. They gathered content and
speakers, then faced with the logistics of managing the conference, asked
Expotech to run it. The first MacHack was quite successful. U-M decided
they would rather not run such a conference again, even though those who
attended it wanted more. So it came to pass that the rights to the name
MacHack was transferred to Expotech, who have run all MacHack conferences
since. Expotech is a conference management company, incorporated in 1986.
While Expotech staff has aggregated more than 55 years' experience running
conferences of all types and sizes, the company specializes in technical
conferences.

The MacHax Group has been a purveyor of high techology products and
productions since 1985.

 

Community Search:
MacTech Search:

Software Updates via MacUpdate

Printopia 2.1.14 - Share Mac printers wi...
Run Printopia on your Mac to share its printers to any capable iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch. Printopia will also add virtual printers, allowing you to save print-outs to your Mac and send to apps.... Read more
Google Drive 1.24 - File backup and shar...
Google Drive is a place where you can create, share, collaborate, and keep all of your stuff. Whether you're working with a friend on a joint research project, planning a wedding with your fiancé, or... Read more
Chromium 45.0.2454.85 - Fast and stable...
Chromium is an open-source browser project that aims to build a safer, faster, and more stable way for all Internet users to experience the web. Version 45.0.2454.85: Note: Does not contain the "... Read more
OmniFocus 2.2.5 - GTD task manager with...
OmniFocus helps you manage your tasks the way that you want, freeing you to focus your attention on the things that matter to you most. Capturing tasks and ideas is always a keyboard shortcut away in... Read more
iFFmpeg 5.7.1 - Convert multimedia files...
iFFmpeg is a graphical front-end for FFmpeg, a command-line tool used to convert multimedia files between formats. The command line instructions can be very hard to master/understand, so iFFmpeg does... Read more
VOX 2.6 - Music player that supports man...
VOX is a beautiful music player that supports many filetypes. The beauty is in its simplicity, yet behind the minimal exterior lies a powerful music player with a ton of features and support for all... Read more
Box Sync 4.0.6567 - Online synchronizati...
Box Sync gives you a hard-drive in the Cloud for online storage. Note: You must first sign up to use Box. What if the files you need are on your laptop -- but you're on the road with your iPhone? No... Read more
Carbon Copy Cloner 4.1.4 - Easy-to-use b...
Carbon Copy Cloner backups are better than ordinary backups. Suppose the unthinkable happens while you're under deadline to finish a project: your Mac is unresponsive and all you hear is an ominous,... Read more
OmniGraffle Pro 6.3.1 - Create diagrams,...
OmniGraffle Pro helps you draw beautiful diagrams, family trees, flow charts, org charts, layouts, and (mathematically speaking) any other directed or non-directed graphs. We've had people use... Read more
Monosnap 3.1.2 - Versatile screenshot ut...
Monosnap lets you capture screenshots, share files, and record video and .gifs! Capture: Capture full screen, just part of the screen, or a selected window Make your crop area pixel perfect with... Read more

Goat Simulator MMO Simulator (Games)
Goat Simulator MMO Simulator 1.0 Device: iOS Universal Category: Games Price: $4.99, Version: 1.0 (iTunes) Description: ** IMPORTANT - SUPPORTED DEVICESiPhone 4S, iPad 2, iPod Touch 5 or better.** Coffee Stain Studios brings next-gen... | Read more »
Worms™ 4 (Games)
Worms™ 4 1.02 Device: iOS Universal Category: Games Price: $4.99, Version: 1.02 (iTunes) Description: The latest instalment in the worldwide mega hit franchise! Coming soon to iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. When the guys and girls at... | Read more »
The Deer God (Games)
The Deer God 1.0 Device: iOS Universal Category: Games Price: $6.99, Version: 1.0 (iTunes) Description: 30% off launch sale!!! “It can be a struggle, but it's all worth it when you're shooting fire out your antlers.” Kotaku “The... | Read more »
AppSpy's Patreon campaign kicks off
Occasionally you'll see us use AppSpy's videos here on 148Apps to support an article we've written. That's because we're part of Steel Media, and AppSpy is Steel's video arm, so we're all part of one happy family. [Read more] | Read more »
We're Sorry to Report that Moonrise...
Moonrise is a very promising-looking, Pokemon-esque monster collecting and battling game that we were really looking forward to reviewing, but unfortunately it looks like that's never going to happen. [Read more] | Read more »
The Latest Update for The Sims FreePlay...
Commerce has gotten a little more active with the newest update for The Sims FreePlay, making Sunset Mall more of a hangout than ever before. [Read more] | Read more »
This Week at 148Apps: August 24-28, 2015
The Apps of August With 148Apps How do you know what apps are worth your time and money? Just look to the review team at 148Apps. We sort through the chaos and find the apps you're looking for. The ones we love become Editor’s Choice, standing out... | Read more »
NASCAR in Real Racing 3? Sure, Why Not?
I have to give Firemonkeys credit - it's very cool of them to add NASCAR to Real Racing 3 via an update rather than making a separate game for it. But that's a different discussion for another time; for now let's sit back and enjoy driving in... | Read more »
The nuyu is an Inexpensive Activity Moni...
Today, Health o Meter nuyu has announced a series of health and fitness-related products, including the aforementioned activity monitor along with a wireless scale. All at a decent pricepoint, no less. [Read more] | Read more »
The Makers of Overkill are Trying Someth...
Craneballs, the studio responsible for the Overkill series, is taking a little break from all that violence (a little break) to bring us Cube Worm - a 3D take on one of the most classic PC/calculator games in existence. [Read more] | Read more »

Price Scanner via MacPrices.net

Will You Buy An iPad Pro? – The ‘Book Mystiqu...
It looks like we may not have to wait much longer to see what finally materializes as a new, larger-panel iPad (Pro/Plus?) Usually reliable Apple product prognosticator KGI Securities analyst Ming-... Read more
eFileCabinet Announces SMB Document Managemen...
Electronic document management (EDM) eFileCabinet, Inc., a hosted solutions provider for small to medium businesses, has announced that its SecureDrawer and eFileCabinet Online services will be... Read more
WaterField Designs Unveils American-Made, All...
San Francisco’s WaterField Designs today unveiled their all-leather Cozmo 2.0 — an elegant attach laptop bag with carefully-designed features to suit any business environment. The Cozmo 2.0 is... Read more
Apple’s 2015 Back to School promotion: Free B...
Purchase a new Mac or iPad at The Apple Store for Education and take up to $300 off MSRP. All teachers, students, and staff of any educational institution qualify for the discount. Shipping is free,... Read more
128GB MacBook Airs on sale for $100 off MSRP,...
B&H Photo has 11″ & 13″ MacBook Airs with 128GB SSDs on sale for $100 off MSRP. Shipping is free, and B&H charges NY sales tax only: - 11″ 1.6GHz/128GB MacBook Air: $799.99, $100 off MSRP... Read more
13-inch 2.5GHz MacBook Pro (refurbished) avai...
The Apple Store has Apple Certified Refurbished 13″ 2.5GHz MacBook Pros available for $829, or $270 off the cost of new models. Apple’s one-year warranty is standard, and shipping is free: - 13″ 2.... Read more
27-inch 3.2GHz iMac on sale for $1679, save $...
B&H Photo has the 27″ 3.2GHz iMac on sale for $1679.99 including free shipping plus NY sales tax only. Their price is $120 off MSRP. Read more
Apple and Cisco Partner to Deliver Fast-Lane...
Apple and Cisco have announced a partnership to create a “fast lane” for iOS business users by optimizing Cisco networks for iOS devices and apps. The alliance integrates iPhone with Cisco enterprise... Read more
Apple offering refurbished 2015 13-inch Retin...
The Apple Store is offering Apple Certified Refurbished 2015 13″ Retina MacBook Pros for up to $270 (15%) off the cost of new models. An Apple one-year warranty is included with each model, and... Read more
Apple refurbished 2015 MacBook Airs available...
The Apple Store has Apple Certified Refurbished 2015 11″ and 13″ MacBook Airs (the latest models), available for up to $180 off the cost of new models. An Apple one-year warranty is included with... Read more

Jobs Board

*Apple* Desktop Analyst - KDS Staffing (Unit...
…field and consistent professional recruiting achievement. Job Description: Title: Apple Desktop AnalystPosition Type: Full-time PermanentLocation: White Plains, NYHot Read more
Simply Mac *Apple* Specialist- Repair Techn...
Simply Mac is the greatest premier retailer of Apple products expertise in North America. We're looking for dedicated individuals to provide personalized service and Read more
Simply Mac *Apple* Specialist- Service Repa...
Simply Mac is the greatest premier retailer of Apple products expertise in North America. We're looking for dedicated individuals to provide personalized service and Read more
*Apple* Desktop Analyst - KDS Staffing (Unit...
…field and consistent professional recruiting achievement. Job Description: Title: Apple Desktop AnalystPosition Type: Full-time PermanentLocation: White Plains, NYHot Read more
Simply Mac- *Apple* Specialist- Store Manag...
Simply Mac is the largest premier retailer for Apple products and solutions. We're looking for dedicated individuals with a passion to simplify and enhance the Read more
All contents are Copyright 1984-2011 by Xplain Corporation. All rights reserved. Theme designed by Icreon.