Myths: What computer code does in movies but not in reality

img matrix screen Whenever you see a computer in a Hollywood movie it always makes some sound or when you see the (in)famous hacker working on it, always something on the screen is moving. has put together a list of 10 “Myths” that are continuously used in movies but don’t compile happen in real life. The list includes the following:

  • 1. Code does not move
  • 2. Code is not green text on a black background
  • 3. Code has structure
  • 4. Code is not three dimensional
  • 5. Code does not make blip noises as it appears on the screen
  • 6. Code cannot be cracked by an 8 year old kid in a matter of seconds
  • 7. Not all code is meant to be cracked
  • 8. Code isn’t just 0100110 010101 10100 011
  • 9. People who write code use mice
  • 10. Most code is not inherently cross platform

Read the full text at:

P.S.: We really liked the description for #10:

…Remember in Independence Day when whatshisface-math-guy writes a virus that works on both his apple laptop AND an alien mothership? Bullshit! If real life were like film I’d be able to port wordpress to my toaster using a cat5 cable and a bag of glitter…

and even more the comments:

…What would be even more impressive is if, using that same cat5 cable and bag of glitter, you could get your laptop to crap out toast!…

Nevertheless seemingly someone was quicker and has build a toaster that runs BSD (UNIX). See it here.

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