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This chapter is from the book

This chapter is from the book

project: design your own ascii graffiti tag

every 1337 h4x0r has an ascii (american standard code for information interchange) graffiti tag. think of ascii file as a file that contains plain text, and a binary file as any other file. to access some special characters, press win+r to bring up the run option, type "charmap", and then click ok. a lot of these characters won’t display correctly in every text program, but some, such as the copyright symbol (which is not directly available on your keyboard), will. another more complicated way of accessing special characters is to hold down the alt key, then using your number pad (the set of keys with numbers on them on the right-hand side of your keyboard) to type the decimal representation for an ascii symbol, then release the alt key. if you’re really that curious about it, you can look up some decimal representations (along with some others) over at http://www.asciitable.com.

ascii art is where you create a picture using only the characters available on your keyboard or in the charmap. it may not sound like much, but you may be surprised just how detailed this art can get. some websites allow you to upload any picture on your computer, and they will re-draw it with colored ascii text to be practically identical; of course that would be cheating and graffiti tags don’t usually use color. your graffiti tag (or digital signature) is important as it allows you to leave your mark every time you 0wnz0r something or someone. it doesn’t have to be anything fancy, but obviously the more eye-catching it is the more people will remember it.

for example here is an ascii smoke ()_:_))___)#~~

to access your canvas, press win+r, type "notepad", and click ok. notepad is a very basic but powerful text editor that we will be using more throughout this book. after designing your tag, you can save it as a .txt file for reuse later. the following is an example of my ub3r 1337 h4x0r tag, it’s bug!

   #############################################
   #############################################
   #                                           #
   # ! = 8@/\/9                   # = p0u/\/|> #
   #              8u98u98u98u98u9              #
   #           8u98u98u98u98u98u98u9           #
   #         8u98u98u98u98u98u98u98u98         #
   #       8u98u98u98u98u98u98u98u98u98u       #
   #      8u98u98u98u98u98u98u98u98u98u98      #
   #    8u98u98u98u98u98u98u98u98u98u98u98u    #
   #   8u98u9/`+;8u98u98u98u98u98u;+`\8u98u9   #
   #   8u98u/    `+;8u98u98u98u;+`    \8u98u   #
   #   8u98/________`+;8u98u;+`________\8u98   #
   #   8u98u98u98u98u98u98u98u98u98u98u98u98   #
   #   8u98u98u98u98u98u98u98u98u98u98u98u98   #
   #   8   |      |      |      |      |   8   #
   #   8   |      |      |      |      |   8   #
   #    8  |      |      |      |      |  8    #
   #     8-------------------------------8     #
   #      8       |      |      |       8      #
   #       \8     |      |      |     8/       #
   #         *8   |      |      |   8*         #
   #           %$ |      |      | $%           #
   #             ~8u98u98u98u98u9~             #
   # / = 5145h                         j00 = © #
   #                                           #
   #############################################
   #                                           #
   #  0\/\//\/z0r3|>  8`/  7 4 p 3 w 0 r /\/\  #
   #                                           #
   #############################################
   #############################################
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