The Ghost of Vannevar Bush Hacked My Server (2009)

Vannevar Bush was an engineer and science administrator best known for his role in the development of the atomic bomb and the memex, an adjustable microfilmviewer which laid the foundation for the structure of the Internet. He believed in technological innovation as the path to economic and geopolitical security, but at the height of the Cold War his feelings shifted when he saw that technology lead away from understanding and toward destruction. He died in 1974.

On October 28, 2009 an image appeared to flash on a web server. Comprised of 0s and 1s (binary code -- the elemental language of computers), the image closely resembled that of Vannevar Bush. The code from that page was copied and pasted into a blank page, effectively “capturing” this ghost of Vannevar Bush. He appears at random, having hacked my server he now haunts it for all of eternity...

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Vannevar Bush was an engineer and science administrator best known for his role in the development of the atomic bomb and the memex, an adjustable microfilmviewer which laid the foundation for the structure of the Internet. He believed in technological innovation as the path to economic and geopolitical security, but at the height of the Cold War his feelings shifted when he saw that technology lead away from understanding and toward destruction. He died in 1974.

On October 28, 2009 an image appeared to flash on a web server. Comprised of 0s and 1s (binary code -- the elemental language of computers), the image closely resembled that of Vannevar Bush. The code from that page was copied and pasted into a blank page, effectively “capturing” this ghost of Vannevar Bush. He appears at random, having hacked my server he now haunts it for all of eternity...

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