As we posted
a couple weeks ago, one of our newest sponsors is Safari Books Online, the outfit that offers a digital library of tech books from publishers like O'Reilly, Apress, and Addison-Wesley. As part of Safari's sponsorship, they offered BB readers one month free online access
As mentioned previously, we thought it would also be a hoot to hold a contest based on what you might learn from those books. As a prize, Safari offered up a year of access to the complete Safari Books Online library, a $515 value. So now the contest... In Learning Perl, the authors write the following:
"Though we recommend you write clear code, some people like writing code that's as hard to understand as possible... We don't recommend it for normal coding purposes, but it can be a fun game to write confusing code..."
So in that spirit, we are holding an obfuscated code contest. To enter, come up with a wonderfully obfuscated code snippet that
prints out the phrase "Boing Boing." Post the snippet in the comments thread. Then, we'll pick a winner with the shortest, most elegant, or creative bit of code. The snippets have to be executable!
You have 24 hours from now, after which time we'll lock the comments thread. The winner will be announced here on November 19. Good luck!
Free tech books from Safari Books Online
This gadget does exactly as promised: it looks like a thumbdrive (sort of) and fries the circuitry of any computer it’s plugged into. It’s made from camera flash parts, is charged with a standard AA battery, and delivers a 300V zap of DC destruction to the port for all your USB-murdering needs. Note that this […]
The Cobham catalog, exposed by The Intercept, features countless pages of surveillance gadgets sold to U.S. police to spy on American citizens: tiny black boxes with a big interest in you. In the creepily bland feature lists and nerdy product names is a whisper of a dark future; perhaps darker than anyone can imagine.
This image depicts the most commonly-found stylesheet colors on the web’s top sites—Paul Hebert did an amazing amount of analysis and this is just one of the intriguing visualizations he came up with. Most of these are obvious staples, especially HTML red and blue, though it’s interesting how far the blue “cluster” is from the […]
The Boing Boing Store’s Gift Guide is full of ideas for pretty much anyone in your life like hipster ice cub trays, Xbox controllers, Halo Boards, and even diamond necklaces. As always, all products in the Boing Boing Store come at great discounts, too. Shop by price bucket starting at under $20. Under $20:Bloxx Jumbo Ice Trays […]
Unlike traditional lighters, the SaberLight features an electronic plasma beam that’s both rechargeable and butane-free. This sleek lighter is even approved by TSA, so you’ll never be stuck buying lighters you’ll just have to throw away partially used. For some people, like me, this is a pretty big game-changer. The SaberLight’s beam is actually both hotter and cleaner […]
Holiday shopping is in full swing, and the Striiv Touch is one of the best gift ideas I’ve landed on. Its simple design works for females and males, and its wide range of features makes it suitable for even the non-fitness enthusiasts in your life.Unlike traditional fitness trackers, the Striiv Touch also acts as a smartwatch. It […]