Cool Hack O’ Day: real pixel coding

April 11, 2011 | Computer Graphics, Link of the Day | By: Mark VandeWettering

The problem with working some place with lots of intelligent people is that it is increasingly hard to maintain one’s sense of superiority. Today, I tip my hat to Inigo. He has a very cool demo here, where he creates a program by creating and editing a small image in photoshop, saving it as a raw image file, and then renaming it to a .COM file and running it. It’s a testament to how clever, sneaky, and small programs can be.

Thanks to Jeri reposting this link on twitter, I’m getting lots of hits. Thanks Jeri. But be sure to visit Inigo’s original post to read more about this cool hack:
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Comment from überRegenbogen
Time 4/11/2011 at 5:15 pm

It reminds me tweaking an embedded audio clip by loading the executable (a copy, of course) into an audio editor. It worked! 😀

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Time 4/12/2011 at 10:33 pm

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Comment from Kragen Javier SItaker
Time 4/17/2011 at 12:19 am

Coincidentally, I’ve been doing something similar this week, creating COM files with COPY CON:

PhotoShop, though, sounds like a much easier approach. You can go back and fix mistakes! And there are no forbidden bytes!