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    gb25lIHRvIH
    N0YXJ0Lg==
     
       
    cRIldI
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    9aEIdI
    tWgHoQ
    Z5YRZ=
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    k5WYoBSYgQmblxGIvRHI
    yVGd1BXbvNGIhBCa0l2d
    gQmbpZGIvRHI5NXYlByc
    pBSZu9GI0NXYsBycphGd
    cyBlYXN5IHRvIGZpbmQg
    d2l0aCBhIGNvbXB1dGVy
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Three locked boxes before you.

Can you unravel their mysteries and reveal the greater truth?

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    $\begingroup$ There's a lot of shenanigans in here. $\endgroup$ – LeppyR64 Jul 16 '15 at 19:43
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user3608068 has the Base64 figured out:

  1. "one easy one to start."

  2. This reads top to bottom, and then left to right
    "something a bit tougher?!"

  3. This reads right to left and bottom to top, but the bottom three lines should be discarded and add the ==
    "this last one is easy to find with a computer to lend a hand"

Since I happen to have a computer here, I went to the edit history and noticed that an image was removed: http://i.stack.imgur.com/uoEIP.png

This image when filled in with a colour shows:

enter image description here

I then had to go back to figure out where the morse code was. In the markdown for the post there is a section that looks like this: enter image description here
The two dots are the "dash" and the single dots are the "dot" for the morse code. The message is:

GOOD WORK FINDING THIS, THERE'S ONE MORE THING TO BE FOUND.

I believe this corresponds to the image I found above.

The schmutz at the end of the image is actually a code. The number of pixels in each shape is a letter:

1 12 1 13 14 23 15 18 4 7 15 15 4 2 5 25 5

Heeding the breaks as spaces and converting to letters of the alphabet yields:

A LAMN WORD GOODBEYE

After I posted my original answer edit 3 was added to the original post. It added a new block of code to the top of the post. Using the tab character as the "dash" and the space character as the "dot" it is more code for:

THE WISDOM YOU SEEK WAS YOURS ALL ALONG BUT ONLY IF YOU CAN EXPLAIN YOUR PATH HERE

I believe that I have adequately done this.

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  • $\begingroup$ @Bob Is the mispelling of Base64 as Bas64 intentional? I'm not sure if I've solved the problem or if there is more shenanigans in that itty bitty picture. $\endgroup$ – LeppyR64 Jul 9 '15 at 4:26
  • $\begingroup$ That which goes unseen and untouchable yet still makes its presence felt holds the key. $\endgroup$ – Bob Jul 10 '15 at 9:21
  • $\begingroup$ @bob I won't be at a PC for a few days. I saw all the white space before but couldn't make anything out of it. I see you edited the post again. I won't be able to see the markdown, so good luck to someone else! $\endgroup$ – LeppyR64 Jul 10 '15 at 13:51
  • $\begingroup$ @Bob Am I still missing something? $\endgroup$ – LeppyR64 Jul 19 '15 at 23:45
  • $\begingroup$ @Bob So was this the right answer, or is this question still outstanding? $\endgroup$ – Khale_Kitha May 20 '16 at 13:18
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It's super easy when you know about

base64 encoding

First box

"one easy one to start."

Second box

after transposing:

"something a bit tougher?!"

Third box

after discarding 3 last lines (which are same as 3 first lines in reverse) and adding necessary ==

"this last one is easy to find with a computer to lend a hand"

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  • $\begingroup$ These are not the truths you seek, $\endgroup$ – Bob Jul 8 '15 at 22:38
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Credit to LeppyR64 for cracking the code to reveal the letters

A LAMN WORD GOODBEYE

However, I think this is an anagram which could lead to any of the following phrases (punctuations and spaces used where necessary).

DAMN GOOD EYE, BRO LAW! (A compliment to a relative)
NAME A WORLD 'GOODBYE' (Highlighting the OP's frustration at "Hello World" programs)
GOOD NAMED LOWER BAY (A well known community called Lower Bay)
ONE BLOODY GEM AWARD (An honour in the serial killing fraternity)
OYE! A GODDAMN BLOWER! (An impatient farmhand in a tool shop)
OWE ME A BLOODY GRAND (An angry creditor)

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The morse code is within the first HTML comment in the markdown (not sure if this was added after Leppy's answer).

There are three different white-space characters. A dash is represented by &#9. A dot is represented by &#32. One &#8199 is a break between letters and two &#8199's are a space between words.

The morse code translates to:

THE WISDOM YOU SEEK WAS YOURS ALL ALONG BUT ONLY IF YOU CAN EXPLAIN YOUR PATH HERE

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    $\begingroup$ Good work! There were big bunches of white space but I didn't realize they were different characters. I'll have to check it when I get back to my PC. $\endgroup$ – LeppyR64 Jul 13 '15 at 12:57

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