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I'm thinking stackoverflow.com llc / inc should buy a brick in the Computer History Museum Wall.

It's for a noble cause -- the CHM is one of my favorite places on the planet, and the money is a non-profit donation in support of their effort to record the history of the computer.

The brick I am looking at is the Terabyte:

The wall will consist of a series of permanent high-tech plaques engraved with your message. Honor your favorite computer pioneer, recall your first technology project, or annotate any technology memory you wish to commemorate in this special area. Each engraved wall plaque will be placed in the newly remodeled entry area of the Museum, ensuring that your reminiscences will be preserved and shared for years to come.

  • Name: Terabyte
  • Price: $5000
  • Description: 8" x 8" Plaque
  • Max Lines of Text: 6
  • Max Characters per Line: 18
  • Company logo or Stock Symbol available

So, then, the question: what should our CHM plaque say?

Completed, selection made public, and payment confirmed with the Museum: Our Brick in the Computer History Museum Wall. Now we wait for October to see it live!

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If you can put the APL character set on a brick, I bet you could reimplement SO in APL and it'd fit on that brick.... –  Earlz Apr 17 '10 at 3:29
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Have you verified that both the 108 characters and the logo can be accommodated? Or will someone need to do a graphic that includes the logo and some text (then the character limit may be different - higher or lower - depending on the resolution of the engraving technology)? Is there additional cost for the logo? –  Dennis Williamson Apr 17 '10 at 11:13
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I think the museum should donate this brick to you because 17,210 meta users are going to visit the museum just to see this brick. –  Robert Cartaino Apr 17 '10 at 18:13
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I took me five answers to realize that the first row of numbers were only coordinates, not actual text for the brick. –  Daniel Daranas Apr 17 '10 at 23:05
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I can think of one company that would be so much happier if their brick could hold seven lines of 20 characters. –  Dennis Williamson Apr 17 '10 at 23:29
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I really can't read a question with the words "brick in the (...) wall" without having that same song stuck in my head for the rest of the day. –  Gnoupi Apr 19 '10 at 14:15
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@Dennis - ah. I get it now. :) –  uɐɯsO uɐɥʇɐN Apr 19 '10 at 17:14
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Whatever the answer, I think it should include the 123456789012345678 numbers on it.. even if we lose a column and a row. And it must be monospaced font. –  glasnt Apr 20 '10 at 22:49
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As an extension of Jason's answer:

  123456789012345678
1 stackoverflow.com
2 My name is
3 Jeff Atwood.
4 I built this site.
5 It took me six to
6 eight weeks.
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  123456789012345678
0 This brick just
1 holds up a wall.
2 StackOverflow.com
3 holds up the
4 entire community  
5 of developers
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This just came to mind:

 123456789012345678
1  Our collective
2 attempt at being
3      funny
4   ended up in
5    a museum.
6 stackoverflow.com
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  123456789012345678
1 My name is
2 Jeff Atwood.
3 I built this site.
4 In case you forgot
5 my name, again, is
6 Jeff Atwood.
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That can't be from the real Jeff; you're missing any mention of [status-bydesign]. –  Ether Apr 17 '10 at 0:11
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      123456789012345678
    1 Honoring
    2 stackoverflow.com
    3 who improved how 
    4 experts exchange 
    5 information. It's
    6 rockhardawesome!
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I'm so tempted to stick a hyphen in there... –  that one guy Apr 18 '10 at 1:07
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@that one guy: Hyphen? I'm tempted to put "experts" in quotes :) –  Billy ONeal Apr 27 '10 at 2:43
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  123456789012345678
1 StackOverflow.com
2 Our humble attempt
3 to improve the way
4 developers create
5 software for the
6 rest of us.

It's a museum, especially one that is highly respected. I think humbleness helps to show respect to the museum and its cause and also to get back some respect in 10, 20 or 50 years.

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  123456789012345678
1 StackOverflow.com
2 This brick would
3 have been
4 voted up if it had
5 free-hand circles.
6 [status-rejected]
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   123456789012345678
1  If we have made
2  software better,
3  it is by standing
4  on the shoulders
5  of giants.
6  stackoverflow.com
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Or if you'd like to throw a philosophical in-joke in...

 it took a bit, but
 we learned the 
 important things
 aren't answers,
 but questions.
  stackoverflow.com
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Except that this is incorrect. –  Lawrence Dol Apr 17 '10 at 7:01
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[subjective-and-argumentative]. Some would argue the important things aren't questions, but Unicorns... :) –  Jonathan Sampson Apr 17 '10 at 13:17
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Tell that to the users who lost half of the rep gained from asking questions.... –  Michael Kniskern Apr 19 '10 at 20:41
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  123456789012345678
1     Badges?
2 We don't need no
3    steenkin'
4     badges!
5 
6 stackoverflow.com
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 123456789012345678
1 I am Jeff Atwood
2   I like computers
3 I am Joel Spolsky
4   I like jam

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 123456789012345678
1 int main(void) {
2     main();
3 } 
4      Dot com
5     Was  here 
6       2010

Possibly not language agnostic enough for the whole community, though.

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Credit to @Cobbal

  123456789012345678
1 
2    plz-send-teh 
3        brickz
4 
5 stackoverflow.com
6

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stackoverflow.com

No hyphens needed

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  123456789012345678
1 stackoverflow.com
2
3   Answered 2009
4
5     Great Brick
6   Community Wiki
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  123456789012345678
0 Stackoverflow.com
1 From the people
2 who write code for
3 these computers:
4 Thank you for 
5 preserving our
6 history and legacy
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Too many blocks seem like advertisements for stackoverflow. I'd like to see the block look like a true gift of appreciation for the work that CHM is undertaking. –  Adam Davis Apr 18 '10 at 20:56
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stackoverflow: 
please don't use 
phpBB for question 
and answer sites
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s/stackoverflow/stack exchange –  Earlz Apr 17 '10 at 3:36
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  123456789012345678
1
2 stackoverflow.com
3
4  we have waffles
5
6 
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  123456789012345678
1 stackoverflow.com
2 fast
3      free
4           answers
5 run by:
6      the community
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An obvious (but not serious) response.

  123456789012345678

1 stackoverflow.com
2
3 just another
4  brick in the wall
5
6
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      123456789012345678
    1 StackOverflow.com:
    2 A programming
    3 community exploit.
    4 Founded by Joel
    5 Spolsky and Jeff
    6 Atwood July 2008
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      ╲ │      
   ╲-  ╲ │ stack         
     ╲- ╲   over        
 │ ---_╲_ │  flow        
 │ ______ │   .com
 └────────┘
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Similar to my other brick suggestion but with the Stack Exchange mission spiced up to be specific for Stack Overflow.

  123456789012345678
1 stackoverflow.com
2 Make the Internet
3 a better place to
4 get expert answers
5 to your program-
6 ming questions
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  123456789012345678
1 def StackOverflow
2   ask_questions
3   give_answers
4   profit!
5   buy_brick
6 end

Valid Ruby code :)

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+1 even though I'm somewhat of a Python lover and Ruby hater. –  MatrixFrog Apr 17 '10 at 3:52
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Text

No matter what 
future holds,
We were the first
that worked
stackoverflow.com
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 123456789012345678
1                  
2                  
3  plaque coming   
4  in 6-8 weeks    
5                  
6                  

or

 123456789012345678
1                  
2 the plaque will  
3 be ready in      
4 in 6-8 weeks     
5                  
6                  
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this is more about Jeff Atwood than it is about SO –  jmfsg Apr 17 '10 at 15:15
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  123456789012345678
0 +1 Why click on
1 stackoverflow.com
2    not working ?
3 
4 +30 Because we are
5   on a brick
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Boy am I late to the party -- shows me for having a life on Friday night! :)

  123456789012345678
1 If you grok
2 Ponies and waffles
3 plz-send-teh-codez
4 & status-declined
5 You belong on
6 stackoverflow.com
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Some of those (ugly!) official examples certainly don't play by the 18-character rule:

123456789012345678            123456789012345678            123456789012345678 
"GOOGLE," a play on           Batman Arkham Asylum          A. Chang has
the word "googol,"            My best gaming                1 Terabyte of digital
the mathematical              addiction - B. Collins        storage..... You?
term for a 1 followed
by 100 zeros.

Maybe the rules aren't that strict? $46 per character is quite a lot of money, and I assume the CHM wants things to look nice too...

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  123456789012345678
1 StackOverflow.com
2 Dedicated towards
3 finding excellent,
4 accurate & lasting
5 answers to every
6 programming issue.

or
6 developer question
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