Tuesday, January 16, 2007

Packet Garden: Grow a world from network traffic

Packet Garden is a free software that captures information about how you use the internet and uses this stored information to grow a private world you can later explore. It takes note of all the servers you visit, their geographical location and the kinds of data you access. Uploads make hills and downloads valleys, their location determined by numbers taken from internet address itself. The size of each hill or valley is based on how much data is sent or received. Plants are also grown for each protocol detected by the software; if you visit a website, an 'HTTP plant' is grown. If you share some files, a 'Peer to Peer plant' is grown, and so on. Cool aye! I'm going to download this and grow my own world today.

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