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The Search for the MSDN Code

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    DarthVista

    Greetings.

    On this eve of the launch of the consumer version of Vista, I would like to take a moment to address a small project I have been working on recently. I call it "The Search for the MSDN Code".

    The MSDN Code?!? What's that? Well, it is a search for hidden meanings and phrases within the text of the MSDN library. I'm developing software to search for these phrases as we speak. The process works like this: take a document from the MSDN library and remove all the spaces within the document. Second, scan the text for "skipped letter" phrases--for instance, scan every fifth letter and record them, and then search for patterns of letters within that text. I feel this search has great potential to unlock hidden secrets and meanings buried within our libraries. Here's an example from "Building Interoperable Systems with .NET 3.0 Technologies":

    Here is the regular text...

    MSDN wrote:
    Insurance-Industry Forces

    In the insurance industry, there are many technologies at play, ranging from mainframe to UNIX to Windows. With this wide range of platform technologies, it is increasingly difficult to manage and operate while trying to be agile in an ever-changing financial market. For years, organizations have been building and buying technologies to meet these needs. Interoperability has become a necessary evil after the solution has been built and/or implemented. This has left us with point-to-point integrations that address very specific problems only at the application or system level, but not at the business-function level.

    Compressed Text:

    Insurance-Industry Forces

    I n t h e i n s u r a n c e i n d u s t r y t h e r e a r e m a n y t e c h n o l o g i e s a t p l a y r a n g i n g f r o m m a i n f r a m e t o U N I X t o W i n d o w s W i t h t h i s w i d e r a n g e of p l a t f o r m t e c h n o l o g i e s i t i s i n c r e a s i n g l y d i f f i c u l t t o m a n a g e a n d o p e r a t e w h i l e t r y i n g  t o b e a g i l e i n a n e v e r c h a n g i n g f i n a n c i a l m a r k e t F o r y e a r s o r g a n i z a t i o n s h a v e b e e n b u i l d i n g a n d b u y i n g t e c h n o l o g i e s t o m e e t t h e s e n e e d s I n t e r o p e r a b i l i t y h a s b e c o m e  a n e c e s s a r y e v i l a f t e r t h e s o l u t i o n h a s b e e n b u i l t a n d o r i m p l e m e n t e d T h i s h a s l e f t u s w i t h p o i n t t o p o i n t i n t e g r a t i o n s t h a t a d d r e s s v e r y  s p e c i f i c p r o b l e m s o n l y a t t h e a p p l i c a t i o n o r s y s t e m l e v e l b u t n o t a t t h e b u s i n e s s f u n c t i o n l e v e l

    Check this out. Look at the highlighted letters above. They spell out "linux is stoopid". I'm not making this up. I know this isn't quite the "skipped letter" approach I described above, but I'm sure there is some type of mathematical formula that will uncover this code.

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    W3bbo

    So the Bible Code didn't work so good, neither did The Moby Dick Code or the Da Vinci Code, so now there's an MSDN Code?

    Let's place bets if the Windows NT Kernel source is hidden there.

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    Ion Todirel

    W3bbo wrote:
    Let's place bets if the Windows NT Kernel source is hidden there.
    now if something is hidden there thats defenitive NT Kernel source, LOL!

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    littleguru

    OMG!

    DarthVista wrote:

    The MSDN Code?!? What's that? Well, it is a search for hidden meanings and phrases within the text of the MSDN library. I'm developing software to search for these phrases as we speak. The process works like this: take a document from the MSDN library and remove all the spaces within the document. Second, scan the text for "skipped letter" phrases--for instance, scan every fifth letter and record them, and then search for patterns of letters within that text. I feel this search has great potential to unlock hidden secrets and meanings buried within our libraries. Here's an example from "Building Interoperable Systems with .NET 3.0 Technologies":


    The DarthVista code says: "DarthVista lies always" - I'm sure there is also a mathematical formula for that. Haha! Tongue Out

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    fdisk

    Are you going to try this out on documents that come out of opensource.org? Perhaps there are hidden "messages" in that text too.

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    mikejwalker

    I hope you enjoyed my little nugget of insurance architecture! Smiley

    In the coming months we will have even more IVC and interoperability related material on MSDN. Keep an eye out on the Financial Services Architecture Center (http://msdn.microsoft.com/FinServArch) and my blog (http://blogs.msdn.com/MikeWalker)

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    Angus

    fdisk wrote:
    Are you going to try this out on documents that come out of opensource.org? Perhaps there are hidden "messages" in that text too.


    Yeah exactly.

    If one takes any long text, or a set of texts (i.e. the ones on MSDN), one is likely to find that a string will be hidden in there.

    Think about it. Perplexed

    Angus Higgins

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    Red5

    DarthVista wrote:
    

    d u s t r y t h e r e a r e m a n y t e c h n o l o g i e s a t p l a y r a n g i n g f r o m m a i n f r a m e t o U N I X t o W i n d o w s W i t h t h i s w i d e r a n g e of p l a t f o r m t e c h n o l o g i e s i t i s i n c r e a s i n g l y d i f f i c u l t t o m a n a g e a n d o p e r a t e w h i l e t r y i n g  t o b e a g i l e i n a n e v e r c h a n g i n g f i n a n c i a l m a r k e t F o r y e a r s o r g a n i z a t i o n s h a v e b e e n b u i l d i n g a n d b u y i n g t e c h n o l o g i e s t o m e e t t h e s e n e e d s I n t e r o p e r a b i l i t y h a s b e c o m e  a n e c e s s a r y e v i l a f t e r t h e s o l u t i o n h a s b e e n b u i l t a n d o r i m p l e m e n t e d T h i s h a s l e f t u s w i t h p o i n t t o p o i n t i n t e g r a t i o n s t h a t a d d r e s s v e r y  s p e c i f i c p r o b l e m s o n l y a t t h e a p p l i c a t i o n o r s y s t e m l e v e l b u t n o t a t t h e b u s i n e s s f u n c t i o n l e v e l

    Your ELS Skip Sequence makes no logical sense.

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    ddewbofh

    Red5 wrote:
    
    DarthVista wrote: 

    d u s t r y t h e r e a r e m a n y t e c h n o l o g i e s a t p l a y r a n g i n g f r o m m a i n f r a m e t o U N I X t o W i n d o w s W i t h t h i s w i d e r a n g e of p l a t f o r m t e c h n o l o g i e s i t i s i n c r e a s i n g l y d i f f i c u l t t o m a n a g e a n d o p e r a t e w h i l e t r y i n g  t o b e a g i l e i n a n e v e r c h a n g i n g f i n a n c i a l m a r k e t F o r y e a r s o r g a n i z a t i o n s h a v e b e e n b u i l d i n g a n d b u y i n g t e c h n o l o g i e s t o m e e t t h e s e n e e d s I n t e r o p e r a b i l i t y h a s b e c o m e  a n e c e s s a r y e v i l a f t e r t h e s o l u t i o n h a s b e e n b u i l t a n d o r i m p l e m e n t e d T h i s h a s l e f t u s w i t h p o i n t t o p o i n t i n t e g r a t i o n s t h a t a d d r e s s v e r y  s p e c i f i c p r o b l e m s o n l y a t t h e a p p l i c a t i o n o r s y s t e m l e v e l b u t n o t a t t h e b u s i n e s s f u n c t i o n l e v e l

    Your ELS Skip Sequence makes no logical sense.


    DarthVista not making sense? Surely you jest </sarcasm> Tongue Out

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    cheong

    Unless the targeting sentance has a lot of "Big 5 letters" in Scrabble, you're very likely to be able to find any arbitry sentence hidden in any articles that are long enough.

    Recent Achievement unlocked: Code Avenger Tier 4/6: You see dead program. A lot!
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