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As developers we often look at software and start reverse engineering it in our heads. There's plenty of stuff that might deeply impress us but we can figure out roughly how it does what it does even if we wouldn't be confident in writing it ourselves.
Sometimes, though, you see something and think "Blimey! I wouldn't have come up with that in a million years. That's not code, that's sorcery!"
For me, the Great Amazer has always been Shazam - yes, it's been around for years and I've read a fair old bit about the central fingerprinting algorithm (much of which has passed over my head) but it still absolutely blows me away. As Ozymandias put it: "look upon my works ye mighty and despair!"
Or more specific, the insights on The Old New Thing[^] blog explaining some details; like applications with topmost-windows that fight on who gets to be on top, the work that went into getting SimCity to run on W95, and the reason why you press "start" to shut down.
Parking machines in hospital car parks are the example that springs to mind why do the option to change to German (& only German) appear in the 'Do You Want A Reciept sub menu', were the testers not involved or has a quick mod unearthed a whole?
Here, read yourself some of these articles if you're up for that kind of thing. You'll get smatterings of code and explanation. Iq is no dummy. He's also incidentally, the one that came up with ShaderToy and SoundToy
CodeWraith's Elite is good, but ... DOOM was better! Now, that was a "Wow!" moment. The first time you entered Level 2 and the lights started to dim, and flicker at you ... then a monster strolls round the corner in the dark ...
Phenomenal bit of software!
Bad command or file name. Bad, bad command! Sit! Stay! Staaaay...
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At that time I still had fun with a real rifle, real ammo, ears ringing from the noise, the smell of the powder, real sand between the teeth and at every time of day, from high noon to pitch black night.
Doom was boring against that.
I have lived with several Zen masters - all of them were cats.
His last invention was an evil Lasagna. It didn't kill anyone, and it actually tasted pretty good.