How do I get Hollywood OS on my laptop?
July 29, 2005 4:48 AM   Subscribe

How do I get Hollywood OS on my Laptop?

If I wanted to get a cool simulation of hacking, or say the screens from Global Frequency on my laptop for a LRP game I'm running what would I have to use? The kind of app that has a button that says 'Hack the Pentagon yes/no'. Are there any screensavers or the like that do this?
posted by invisible_al to Computers & Internet (8 answers total)
Mocking them up in PowerPoint or similar presentation package would probably be the simplest, depending on how involved you want to get for an LRP prop...
posted by benzo8 at 5:13 AM on July 29, 2005

1) Write a big ass text file filled with hackerish things.

2) Write a batch (*.bat) file that contains the line: type textfilename.txt (repeat if needed)

3) if that's too short, write a batch file that calls the first batch file multiple times.


N) Open command prompt in fullscreen mode. Type name of desired batch file. Watch pretty text scroll by at blinding speed.

Otherwise, use Flash.

Or a sheet of cardboard that has "hax teh pentagon!" on it and a shiny red button.
posted by loquacious at 5:16 AM on July 29, 2005

Best answer: Get linux, and mod the heck out GUI (Enlightenment?)
posted by Livewire Confusion at 5:33 AM on July 29, 2005

Best answer: Looks pretty hackerish to me
posted by Livewire Confusion at 5:46 AM on July 29, 2005

Uplink - it's a PC game and is pretty much designed to be a Hollywood h4x0r simulation.
posted by cyrusdogstar at 7:08 AM on July 29, 2005

If you want a text-scrolling version like loquacious mentioned, another way to do it would be a quick script to generate some random sentences out of a hax0r word file, and be sure to include lots of big random numbers.

connect node failure: 004992.498992
now accessing memory zone: 29ajfffd#023003
@(#(($ LINE ERROR ENCOUNTERED 290030300**)(#)--

Just have the script spit out a line every 2-5 seconds. Run it in a Terminal or a Command Prompt, change the text color to be green on black, and enjoy.

Otherwise, I second loquacious's mention of Flash. Or Shockwave Director, if anybody still uses that thing.
posted by patgas at 8:57 AM on July 29, 2005

If you have access to Visual Basic it's very easy to make up things like forms with 1 button that reads "Hack the planet!" that launches a flashing red/black screen with a skull on it.
posted by Four Flavors at 10:01 AM on July 29, 2005

install *nix, install blackbox/fluxbox. Doesn't get more movie-hackerish than that.
posted by devilsbrigade at 11:26 AM on July 29, 2005

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