Machack 1999-The Hacks

Here it is, the html rendering of the best hack ballot as it was printed at the conference. All hacks are available on the MacHack CD.On the CD you'll find hacks from 1993 through 1998 as well.

Top five hacks are available for download.

Yoot hacks are marked in blue.

Notice: The MacHack Best Hacks Winners are live code. They were written with specific purposes, however, they may not function as planned or at all on any given system. MacHack and the Hax Group are not responsible for any data loss or corruption that may occur as a result of using the hacks.

-The Management

DotMatrixScript by Eric Roccasecca and Jim Meyer. Makes your laser printer look like a dot matrix (extension)
X-Ray by Eric Roccasecca. Transparent Windows (Extension)
Altivec Effect by Darrin Cardani. Makes your movie clip look like it's on a jittery TV (Extension)
moldyn by George Geller. A represntation of an atom moves in a window in a scientifically accurate manner but it is a sort of disco atom, so it changes colors and leaves a path as it moves along its trajectory.
Y2K Fix by Mark Darling. Lets you relive new year's eve. (Extension)
Rotato by Simon Fraser. Control panel that messes with mouse direction. Requires ADB. (Control Panel)
The Skinner Cubicle by Andy Ihnatko. Hardware to turn any office cubicle into a Skinner Box. (Hardware)
Target Acquisition Manager by Sean Parent and Mike Neil. Acquire targets and throw them away. (Application)
Avi's Balloon Previewer by Avi Drissman. Use balloon help to see any graphic file's Quicktime preview. (Extension)
The Apple Improvement Showcase by Sean Harper and Jesse Boettcher. Improving upon Apple technology. (Extension)
Play Net Poker and Waste Time by Andrew C. Stone and Clifford T. Matthews. A GUI front end for IRC net poker. (Application)
Drink Differently by Linda Botez and Shaun Kotlarsky. QT Movie and Photoshop Document. Special thanks to Jerry Kindall and Eric Blomburg for their assistance. (Document)
I-Mac & Macintosh by Rachel Green. I-Mac meets Macintosh, I-Mac swallows Macintosh. (Application)
PatchMaker by Paul Baxter. Point and click trap patching including head and tail patches. (Application) Download
Unfinder by Lisa Lippincott. Brings the Finder's user interface up to 1984 standards by enabling the "Undo" command. (Extension) **BEST HACK 1999** Download
Out of Context Menus by Eric Traut. Adds unusual contextual menus to Finder (Application) Download
The Night Before MacHack by Noah Spies. First Annual MacHack Poetry Contest - First Entry. (Document)
The Creep by Ben Furnas. Creep up on your friends. (Applescript)
Leave Me Alone... by Mike Cole. Leave me alone, can't you see I'm copying files. (Application)
FinderHelper by Jerry Kindall. Alleviates annoyances in Finder. (OneClick)
MACNACE by Timothy Knox. Unix command line for MacOS. (Application)
CD Namer by Ned Holbrook. Displays name of audio CDs on desktop and downloads track listings (Extension)
Prose Posse by Lucius Kwok. Turns text into gibberish. (Application)
MacCVS Pro 2.5b1 by Ram Rajadhyaksha, Simon Fraser and others. MacCVS 2.5b1 (Application)
42 by Douglas Clarke and Ben Martz. Useless 240x240 pixel window with Altivec algorithms. (Application)
Reader Mouse by Jesse Donaldson, Katherine Smith. Performs OCR on screen bits around the mouse and reads the results aloud. (Application)
IR Comm Remote by Jesse Donaldson, Steve Lemke. IR Remote Control + DVD player on Palm OS. (Application)
Gestalt Ticker by Toby Rush. Ticket of gestalt values on desktop. (Application)
Animated Sprites by Kieran Hartnett. Demonstrates QT's animated sprites features. (Application)
FIFO Patent Hack by mark Rustad. Enhancement of a patented FIFO queueing method. (Document)
YRTP by P.D. Magnus. Turning Y2K problems into YMCM solutions. (Applications)
Disappearing Act by Andy Furnas. Makes icon disappear. (Applescript)
MacJive by Ned Holbrook and Jorg Brown. This hack translates all text drawn to the screen into Jive. (Control Panel) Download
The Hack Files by Kiki Plouff and Jeremy Norstad. Drags out picts of people at MacHack 14. (Applescript)
Close and Open 1.0 by Eli Lakritz and Jon Hirschberger. (Applescript)
Is this a folder? by Matt Linden. For PC users who don't know nuthin. (Application)
Live Fast Start Server for Quicktime 3 by Sam Bushell. Captures live video and transmits it as a fast-start movie over the HTTP -- without using any new features of Quicktime 4 or Quicktime Streaming.
Altered States by Mark Johns, William MacKay, and Ben Spees. Preview and install filters to StdBits(). (Extensions)
MACtive Desktop by Miro Jurisic and Leonard Rosenthal. Active desktop for the Mac. (Extension)
PalmEjectorII by Darin Adler, Sanford Selznick, Nevin Liber, Rob Tsuk, and Levi Brown. Eject your CD with you PalmPilot. (Application)
Ascii Invaders by Andy Bachorski. Play space invaders while you edit you code. (Extension)
Geo Killer by Mark Lilback. closes web popup windows. (Application)
Magic 8-Ball by Andy Bachorski. Put a Magic 8-Ball in your Macsbug to aid you with your debugging. (Extension)
Desktop Doubler by Ed Wynne. Doubles your desktop by adding a virtual monitor. (Extension) Download
CD-ROM Drive You Crazy by William D. Hubauer. Controls the CD-ROM drive over the network. (Application)
Play That Sound by Jay D. Weiss. Plays sound files ('sfil') in the same folder as app. (Application)
Carbonized Menus by Jon Rentzsch. Hides the menu bar; puts up its own menus. (Application)
HUF by Richard Ford and Warren Magnus. Hotline Users Frustrator. (Network)
Blue Box Spy by William Garrison and Eugenio Joarosiewicz. Visually monitor Blue Box from OSX using MacOS 8 TCP/IP daemon. Can monitor any MacOS 8 application on the internet. (Application)
ASM-American State Machine by Olof Hellman. Provides OSAXen to support US State unti types in Applescript, and allows addition of states. (Applescript)
P1 Preview by Andrew Downs. The world's smallest Finder. (Application)
Sound-In-Sane by Shawn Platkus. Cycles through sound input sources. (Application)
iKu by Adam Klein. Happy Macintosh, Make Haiku with AppleScript, Stays crunchy in milk. (Applescript)