I kinda like moving/helping people move. It’s a good workout.
scummVM is pretty awesome. It’s an implementation of LucasArts’ SCUMM game engine. Games like Maniac Mansion, Day of the Tentacle, the Monkey Island Series, Indiana Jones and the Fate of Atlantis (possibly soon to be a movie?) and Last Crusade, and the Sam and Max games use a common game engine called “SCUMM.” The games are basically a bunch of data files, and you run the game engine which reads the data files to draw pictures, play sounds, determine what actions are allowed, etc.
I installed scummVM on my MythTV box and I can play Monkey Island 3 now. I think I need to go home and get my other box of old computer games for the rest. Anyhoo, the program works really well. I’m very impressed with the documentation, command line options, config file, etc. The people who work on that project should be very proud.
Something else that’s impressive (it’s an older article): The story of a guy who transferred the 64kb flashrom of an iPod to his computer by having it play beeps and then demodulating them back into data.