How To Reverse Engineer A Window’s Program

Hacking Windows Pinball is an excellent article about reverse engineering a Windows program; namely, the standard Pinball game that comes with most version of Windows:

It’s not really really difficult but it is really really tedious. And potentially spirit-crushing. So, it that’s your thing then read on, otherwise – get back to pinball!

He mentions cheats for the game, but how he found the cheats is the informative part, if you didn’t know how to do it.

(via digg)

Hacking An Elevator

Ever wonder how to hack an elevator to own it for your trip and not be stopped on any other floors?

While some elevators require a key, others can be put into “Express” mode by pressing the “Door Close” and “Floor” buttons at the same time. This sweeps the car to the floor of your choice and avoids stops at any other floor.

I’ll try this tomorrow in my office building.

(via MAKE Magazine)

What Makes A “Great” Hacker?

Great Hackers, an interesting essay by Paul Graham about programming, what he thinks makes a hacker “great”, and the difference between a programmer working because they have to and working because they want to:

If we want to get the most out of them, we need to understand these especially productive people. What motivates them? What do they need to do their jobs? How do you recognize them? How do you get them to come and work for you? And then of course there’s the question, how do you become one?