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Granny Was a Hacker [Ignite Talk]

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I gave this talk at Ignite Sydney #13 on March 17, 2015. Ignite talks have a special format: each speaker has a time limit of five minutes, and must use 20 slides with each slide advancing automatically after 15 seconds. My talk was about the various ways you can use knitting to encode secret messages or even computer code.

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Granny Was a Hacker [Ignite Talk]

  1. 1. G R A N N Y W A S A H A C K E R P H O T O : L I S A C O C K B U R N
  2. 2. K N I T T I N G = C O D E F L I C K R : S T E P H A N I E A S H E R
  3. 3. 96 st = 12 ASCII characters in binary at 8 stitches each “ D E C O D E R H A T ” B Y Z A B E T S T E W A R T
  4. 4. Source code of ravelry.com (knitting website) “ B I N A R Y S C A R F ” B Y H E Y C A R R I E A N N
  5. 5. Code Red computer virus (2001) “ T H E V I R A L K N I T T I N G P R O J E C T ” B Y K I R S T Y R O B E R T S O N & O T H E R S
  6. 6. S T E G A N O G R A P H Y F L I C K R : B E E P 1 O
  7. 7. R A V E L R Y : C Y NF L I C K R : D E V A B U R G E R
  8. 8. F L I C K R : A D A M K N I T S
  9. 9. F L I C K R : J A C Q U E L I N E - W
  10. 10. Left mitten reads “My Left Mitten”; thumb reads “Thumb”, etc “ M O R S E C O D E ” B Y K A T E A T H E R L E Y
  11. 11. Letters converted to base 6, graphed, and mirrored “ P E A C E ” B Y N A O M I P A R K H U R S T
  12. 12. Encodes a stanza from Dr. Seuss’s Oh, The Places You'll Go! “ B R A I L L E S O C K S ” B Y J E S S I C A L A N D E R S
  13. 13. L E T ’ S G E T H I G H - T E C H F L I C K R : B E R Z O W S K A
  14. 14. F L I C K R : B E K A T H W I A
  15. 15. F L I C K R : B E K A T H W I A
  16. 16. FLICKR:DEVABURGER
  17. 17. F L I C K R : K A T H Y R E I D
  18. 18. F L I C K R : S T 3 F 4 N Kris Howard

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