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I ran across a program a few days ago that I thought was very interesting: a program that backs up a file to paper. To restore, just scan the paper pages in any order or orientation at at least 900dpi and you'll get your file back.

http://www.ollydbg.de/Paperbak/index.html

I tested it on a 1.5mb pdf file. At the default 300dpi, 70%, 1:5 output in PaperBak.exe, this file printed on 3 pages on a laser printer. I then scanned the pages in random order/orientation into the program at 1200dpi and could see what blocks were error-correctable, etc. The file was successfully recovered due to the error correction inside each block, and due to the 1:5 redundancy of each block.

To me, this is an example of pure geekyness. The program is small, simple, does something very weird but useful, and just works.

Has anyone else found programs that you think fit into this kind of category?


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Re: Interesting software Fri, 19 November 2010 17:44 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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So you'll be accepting turn via post soon?

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This TrueCrypt is neat for security because.

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Re: Interesting software Sun, 21 November 2010 15:29 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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gible wrote on Fri, 19 November 2010 17:44

So you'll be accepting turn via post soon?

Laughing Rolling Eyes That's *not* what I had in mind!!

No, just thought it was neat.



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I thought you liked postcards.

Now they're even better! A turn should fit (very) easily.

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Re: Interesting software Sat, 15 January 2011 22:50 Go to previous message
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Dogthinkers wrote on Sat, 15 January 2011 17:29

I thought you liked postcards.

Now they're even better! A turn should fit (very) easily.

I do like postcards! But not for turn submission. Laughing



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