Agrippa Back from the Dead

Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities and the Digital Forensics Lab at University of Maryland, College Park recreate William Gibson’s 1992 encrypted poem Agrippa [via english.ucsb.edu]:

William Gibson’s poem played from a 3½-inch diskette on a 1992-era Mac computer running the System 7 operating system. When the diskette ran, the text of the poem scrolled up the screen (accompanied by infrequent sound effects: a camera shutter click, a gun going off) while an encryption program on the diskette encoded each line and made the poem “disappear” after its first reading.

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