February 22, 2004

Cracking coding mysteries

Author: Chris Muldrow

JUST LAST WEEK, I was writing about open-source software. It turns out that last week someone decided to open up some of Microsoft's software source code, as well.

To understand the Microsoft flap, it first helps to understand what source code is in the first place.

Computers, at their lowest level, work like a light switch--they respond to two instructions, "on" and "off." These instructions are represented by a "1" and a "0," and are known as binary code.

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