• The Mystery Of Lorem Ipsum

    The Mystery Of Lorem Ipsum

    If you’ve spent any time around designers or the Internet, you’ll at least have a passing familiarity with a chunk of text so pervasive online that it’s almost invisible. Called Greeking or Lorem Ipsum, the chunk of Latin is used by many designers as a placeholder for text on Internet pages. And, until recently, it could have been a secret language for spies. First, a bit… Read More

  • Free XBLA codes [Update 2]

    Listen up, XBLA fanatics. I’ve got codes for Mutant Storm Empire and Word Puzzle. Don’t ask me what the codes do because I have no idea, but I have them and now you, too, can have them. I’m not sure how many people can use the code so let’s shoot for the first five people to e-mail me, peter ha at crunch gear dot com with the subject line “XBLA Rules”… Read More

  • Original Enigma Machine For Sale

    Currently priced at a bit over $20,000, this real German Enigma machine is apparently in full working order and only needs “bulbs,” presumably for the internal display. The Enigma machine confounded the Allies for years and was essentially the precursor to the modern computer and the men and women of Project Ultra who finally cracked the code are proto-hackers to whom many of us… Read More

  • Colored Barcodes Hitting DVDs And Video Games

    Don’t worry, your precious UPC code isn’t going anywhere. You’ll still be able to clip out coupons from the Sunday circular. This new color-based barcoding system developed by Microsoft is designed for user interaction, such as taking a picture with an XBL webcam and having it register as a prize or reward inside a video game. Very cool idea for once, Microsoft! These new… Read More