They added a feature to the filesystem that let you insert a music CD and see the tracks as WAV files, so you could rip the CD simply by dragging them to your desktop.
I remember that because I tried to play a CD by selecting all the tracks in the folder and double-clicking, only to hear the OS play all the CD tracks at the same time.
That's not a defunct link to previous entries, but a defunct link to a previous version of the contest site. I've un-defuncteded it to more recent previous version of the contest site, but soon that will also be defunctitated or defunctified, or defunctored.
You can see the previous entries by scrolling down, or by selecting "past years" from the menu bar on the web page.
I mostly used BeOS in grad school because I liked alternative operating systems, but several times I'd try to port my work to Windows or Windows NT and find myself astonished at how impossible my this stuff was to do on other computers at the time (late 1990s.) NT's architecture and event processing often prohibited the sort of real-time audio and video apps I was writing, and the API standing between me and the data was much more restrictive.
In retrospect, I think a number of my research successes were accidentally due to using an OS that would let me implement some really nutty ideas.
Is it really appropriate to use average wages, instead of median wages? The average wage doesn't change if everyone takes a huge pay cut while a CEO ends up giving himself a 1000-percent raise.
Java is an OK language, but it's kind of bureaucratic and boring. I can't think of a better way to suck all the magic out of a fantasy game than to have the spells written in Java---except maybe having the kids produce an ER diagram and a set of tables in Boyce-Codd normal form.
At the very least, they could do without the pointless punctuation. Does a spell really have to have semicolons and empty parentheses to denote that the spell is imperative?
1000 pains = 1 Megahertz