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oh brother..... (3, Insightful)

eggoeater (704775) | about 5 years ago | (#27533709)

What's the coolest egg ever?
Phrase your answer in the form of a tweet. "OMG gt2B SWbxSET3".

What is this? Tweeny-Cutie magazine?
I enjoy a fun easter-egg but this is asinine.

Re:oh brother..... (1)

BitZtream (692029) | about 5 years ago | (#27534637)

I'm sorry, I refuse to use twitter, it has to be the dumbest thing I've ever heard of, so I'm out of it on these references.

Can someone explain the joke to those of us who are ignorant to the ways of Twitter?

emacs (2, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 years ago | (#27533719)

M-x; tetris

Trademark infringement? (1, Interesting)

tepples (727027) | about 5 years ago | (#27533991)

GNU Emacs isn't licensed by The Tetris Company. Calling a Free tetromino game "Tetris" be like calling an OS based on GNOME and WINE "Microsoft Windows". Ordinarily, changing the name would fix things, as I did with my own tetromino game [pineight.com]. But if Tetris prevails in Tetris v. BioSocia [gamasutra.com], might the company use the precedent to attack the Free Software Foundation?

Re:Trademark infringement? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 years ago | (#27534025)

...And then everyone has to use VI!!!!

Re:emacs (3, Informative)

grumbel (592662) | about 5 years ago | (#27534021)

Thats no easter egg, thats just a game running in Emacs, there are plenty more (5x5, dunnet, blackbox, gomoku, hanoi, life, mpuz, snake, solitaire and zone).

Re:emacs (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 years ago | (#27534141)

I'm glad that at least one free OS comes with super-cool games installed by default.

Re:emacs (4, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 years ago | (#27534395)

If it only had a text editor...

Re:emacs (1)

tepples (727027) | about 5 years ago | (#27534165)

Thats no easter egg, thats just a game running in Emacs, there are plenty more (5x5, dunnet, blackbox, gomoku, hanoi, life, mpuz, snake, solitaire and zone).

I think the point of that page of the article is that distribution of Lisp games along with Emacs, without them showing up on any menu (unlike Windows XP's Start > All Programs > Games), is itself an egg.

Re:emacs (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 years ago | (#27534295)

They are all listed right under "Tools -> Games" in the menubar, beside M-x is no secret hidden feature, its the way you execute all stuff that doesn't have a predefined keybinding in Emacs.

Tetris is no more easter egg in Emacs then Minesweeper is in Windows.

Re:emacs (1)

Jason Earl (1894) | about 5 years ago | (#27534247)

I thought it was funny that the reviewer called this a Mac OS X easter egg. I suppose it might be somewhat surprising to find that emacs is installed by default on a Mac, but tetris is hardly a emacs easter egg. Heck, there's even a menu entry for it.

Besides, if you are going to include tetris why not doctor or dunnet?

Anyone remember Terminate, the comm program? (2, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 years ago | (#27533735)

Terminate was primarily a BBS dialer, but it had a hidden feature/easter egg in early versions. With the right combination, it would switch into a Wargames mode, ie "Greetings Professor Falken." If you went through the prompts, it unlocked a wardialer feature. That's useful to some, but I just found the Wargames part really amusing.

this is a spam submission (5, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 years ago | (#27533749)

uggh what a horrible spam submission is this a domain squatters site ?
loads of adverts and 1 eegg on each single page, desperate for revenue much? ill be glad when adblock finishes these domains off for good, no value at all.

anyway http://eeggs.com/ [eeggs.com] is the source where they have cut and pasted their content from

Re:this is a spam submission (3, Insightful)

bobdehnhardt (18286) | about 5 years ago | (#27534365)

Not only that, it was a lame "feature." Three of the eeggs weren't even eeggs - one was a telnet site, one was a documented app feature, and one was a documented OS utility.

ddate really showed how lazy there were. 10 seconds in my browser and I had a full definition of what a Discordian date is. Including what YOLD means.

And someone got paid to put that "feature" together? Crap....

Re:this is a spam submission (1)

Seth Kriticos (1227934) | about 5 years ago | (#27534649)

Not to mention the 17 different domains that the site is loading scripts from (one of which was the video). Did not even bother to fine tune it, just forbid everything and left. Spam as Slashdot front-page article: grrr.

Best was in Excel 4.0 (5, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 years ago | (#27533751)

The best one was in Excel 4.0 where you could make a Lotus 123 bitmap appear, have bugs crawl out of it, and an Excel bitmap appear and kick the Lotus one away. It was back in the day when people didn't "get in trouble" for putting in Easter Eggs.

Re:Best was in Excel 4.0 (3, Funny)

Rei (128717) | about 5 years ago | (#27534009)

I once (and only once) added an easter egg to a program I was working on. It was called "Bullfrog", and was a government system for scanning the radio spectrum for signals and tuning in to whatever you found. On a dialog I was working on, one of the requirements was to have a "bouncing ball" that shows you what frequency you're at as you scan. There was also a little history snapshot dialog that you could turn on or off. If you clicked the button to turn the snapshot dialog on/off precisely 42 times, the bouncing ball would turn into a hopping frog. Only took a few minutes to code, so why not? :)

I can't help but wonder if anyone ever ran into that... ;)

Re:Best was in Excel 4.0 (1)

FooAtWFU (699187) | about 5 years ago | (#27534477)

No, but I remember you talked about it on Slashdot the time they had that story about Obama's BlackBerry and RF scanning threats.

Best was in Excel 97 (2, Informative)

Ken_g6 (775014) | about 5 years ago | (#27534061)

Where if you typed something in a cell near the far right, you got a driving game. With guns in your car to shoot other cars.

Best Easter Egg I've ever found (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 years ago | (#27533753)

if you stare at this picture [goatse.fr] long enough, you get a massive erection.

How do they do it? I have no idea.

Re:Best Easter Egg I've ever found (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 years ago | (#27534075)

They did nothing, it's just your penis realising you're a flaming homosexual before your brain does.

What's the coolest egg ever? (3, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 years ago | (#27533761)

The Reese's peanut butter egg.

With the deviled egg tied for a close second with eggs benedict.

Re:What's the coolest egg ever? (3, Funny)

fprintf (82740) | about 5 years ago | (#27534271)

1. Cadbury's creme egg
2. Cadbury's Mini eggs
3. Fried eggs with ketchup and fried toast

mIRC & Photoshop (4, Informative)

sexconker (1179573) | about 5 years ago | (#27533773)

On the about / register splash screen type:
a r n i e

The picture of the creator turns into a picture of a stuffed dinosaur, presumably names Arnie.

Various Photoshop splash logos in the past have had hidden images.

Typically you would have to grab a screenshot of the splash logo and then do CMYK separation, fiddle with brightness/contrast, grid masking, etc. to see the images.

Re:mIRC & Photoshop (1)

EkriirkE (1075937) | about 5 years ago | (#27534435)

Or a more blatant alternate splash logo in PS by holding Alt or Ctrl before select About - some have been risque before

OMFG (5, Funny)

geminidomino (614729) | about 5 years ago | (#27533795)

How do you make the fucking fish go away?!!?

Re:OMFG (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 years ago | (#27533917)

ctrl+alt+backspace.

Make sure you close anything important first.

Re:OMFG (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 years ago | (#27534971)

log into root and type rm -rf /

I am confident the fish will disappear

telnet towel.blinkenlights.nl (4, Informative)

janeuner (815461) | about 5 years ago | (#27533805)

^^ Incredible.

Netherlanders == Nerds

Re:telnet towel.blinkenlights.nl (2, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 years ago | (#27534307)

Calling the Dutch "Netherlanders" would be similar to calling Americans "United Staters".

Just an off-topic FYI.

Re:telnet towel.blinkenlights.nl (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 years ago | (#27534337)

There are some people do refer to Americans as USians.

Re:telnet towel.blinkenlights.nl (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 years ago | (#27534439)

Not really, it would be Americans.
Same goes for Briton for Britain, Scot for Scottish.
Admittedly "Scot" is more colloquial, but it is apparently popular and we all know what happens when words become popular.

Netherlanders would seem like the more logical choice IMO.
Anyone know the origins of "Dutch"? (since this is a spamvertisement. And that we had one of these not that long ago if i remember correct.)

Videos? (2, Insightful)

Bigbutt (65939) | about 5 years ago | (#27533815)

Jeeze, can't we do stuff without videos any more?

Blocked at work.

[John]

Re:Videos? (5, Informative)

RebootKid (712142) | about 5 years ago | (#27533973)

1. Go to the spreadsheet application in the OpenOffice suite
2. Go to any cell
3. Type in: =game()
The response will be "say what?"
4. Type in: =GAME("StarWars")
5. Press the enter key -- the opening screen shows up
6. Pick your icon -- a message will appear in German
7. Pick your level (again, in German)
8. Click 'start'

Re:Videos? (1)

thedonger (1317951) | about 5 years ago | (#27534127)

Awesome! My faith in humanity is restored! I never got the "brickbreaker" easter egg in Excel 95 to work, but that doesn't matter anymore.

Thank you, RebootKid!

Re:Videos? (1)

vertinox (846076) | about 5 years ago | (#27534055)

It is mostly for those people who are OS impaired and don't want to install Linux/WinXP/Mac OS X just to see a cute Easter egg.

If you are so inclined, you can follow the instructions yourself below the video if you have the matching OS.

Re:Videos? (2, Funny)

Wizard Drongo (712526) | about 5 years ago | (#27534139)

You're missing little, trust me.
That was the lamest list of "easter egg's" I've ever seen. Most of them were minor apps in Ubuntu that just aren't well known. Then there's the telnet of the ASCII star wars movie, hardly an easter egg.
What happened to the famed Excel flight-sim? Or any number or other great jokes.
Not to mention the gratuitous use of shitty videos with the worst narrator in history, who incidentally swallowed the microphone before starting...

eeggs.com (1)

Magreger_V (1441121) | about 5 years ago | (#27533843)

Well, Since the slashdot army has brought down eeggs.com, I guess we'll never know which egg is the best of all time. But I do remember a hidden flight simulator in Microsoft excel way back in the day

Charles Darwin's Egg (1)

Xtifr (1323) | about 5 years ago | (#27533853)

How about the rediscovery of Charles Darwin's egg [bbc.co.uk] just in time for Easter?

About the bird itself, Darwin's notes commented that the flesh was "most delicately white" when cooked. They just don't make Naturalists like that any more! :)

This guy is a ComputerWorld editor? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 years ago | (#27533919)

Jesus Christ, that guy's voice is annoying. And he types like a retarded chip, to boot!

Re:This guy is a ComputerWorld editor? (2, Insightful)

Jason Earl (1894) | about 5 years ago | (#27534551)

I thought I was going to die when he kept retyping (slowly)

aptitude -v moo

instead of just hitting the up arrow on his keyboard. What's worse, he missed a part of the Easter egg. You get another bit of text if you -vvvvvv or more.

Somehow it didn't stop me from watching all of the videos though.

SMS Snail game (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 years ago | (#27533927)

What about the old sega master system trick to get the snail game by holding Up, buttons 1 and 2 simultaneously and powering on the system.

Zombies... (5, Informative)

atari2600 (545988) | about 5 years ago | (#27533937)

This is somewhere between an easter egg and a surprise. Beating the Call of Duty: World at War single player mode and being patient enough for the credits to end unlocks a mini-game: Zombie Survival that you can play solo or co-op with upto 3 other players.

Lot of fun, adds to the game value (and kinda apologizes for the quality of multiplayer offering).

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QJwYmxaZ-9I [youtube.com] - Found on youtube.

Found out the game mode purely by accident after I beat the single player mode and went to make a sandwich...A lot of gamers knew it and it was all over the web but I was oblivious to that part which made it a nice surprise.

POD Farm (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 years ago | (#27533967)

There's an easter egg in the "About" window of Line 6's new POD Farm... if you know how to find it.

Favorite Easter Egg (1)

areusche (1297613) | about 5 years ago | (#27533989)

My favorite easter egg would probably have to be the Palm OS taxi cab. I love watching that little thing go across the screen pretty randomly.

11 pages and over 80 adverts later (5, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 years ago | (#27533995)

fuck computerworld, 80 adverts for a single pages worth of crappy eggs ?
enjoy unemployment fuckers

Star Wars game

      1. Go to the spreadsheet application in the OpenOffice suite
      2. Go to any cell
      3. Type in: =game()
            The response will be "say what?"
      4. Type in: =GAME("StarWars")
      5. Press the enter key -- the opening screen shows up
      6. Pick your icon -- a message will appear in German
      7. Pick your level (again, in German)
      8. Click 'start'

Wanda the fish

      1. In Linux (Ubuntu 8.10 in this case), press Alt-F2
      2. In the box, type: free the fish

Gegls from outer space

      1. In Linux (Ubuntu 8.10 in this case), press Alt-F2
      2. In the box, type: gegls from outer space

No Easter eggs here

      1. On Debian-based Linux distros, go to Applications > Accessories > Terminal
      2. Type in: aptitude moo
      3. After the response, type: Aptitude -v moo
      4. After the response, type: Aptitude -v -v moo
      5. (At this point, after the computer program argues with you, you're just adding one more -v each time.) Remember that five is your lucky number!

Robots

      1. In Firefox 3, go to the Location bar
      2. Type in: about:robots

Star Wars movie

Not technically an Easter egg, but still cool

      1. In Windows XP (or any OS that supports Telnet), click Start, then Run
      2. Type in: telnet towel.blinkenlights.nl

Terminal Tetris

This actually is a function of the emacs text editor. Type "doctor" at the prompt and you'll get a free session with a psychotherapist.

      1. On the Mac, go to Finder > Applications > Utilities > Terminal
      2. Type: emacs
      3. Press Escape & X at the same time
      4. After your cursor moves to the bottom, type Tetris

Book of Mozilla

      1. In Firefox location box, type: about:mozilla

Crazy Dates

Again, perhaps not really an Easter egg (though a lot of people on the Web think it is)

      1. In Linux (Ubuntu 8.10 here), go to Applications > Accessories > Terminal
      2. Type in the 'ddate' command followed by a date in the format of number, space, number, space, four-digit year number (for instance: 4 6 2009)
      3. Each time you type in a different date, you get another bizarre response from the 'Discordian' calendar

Pipes screensaver

      1. In the Google Chrome Web browser's location bar, type in: about:internets

Have you mooed today?

      1. In Linux (Ubuntu 8.10 here), go to Applications > Accesories > Terminal
      2. Type in the apt-get package manager command and a bovine parameter: apt-get moo

Coolest: the Amiga OS (4, Interesting)

RJFerret (1279530) | about 5 years ago | (#27534005)

You had to hold five keys and first insert a disk then eject it again. (left control and shift, right control and shift, any function key--each key had a message but adding the disk offered the best...)

Upon insertion you saw on the Workbench 1.2 title bar, "We made the Amiga"

Upon removal: "They fucked it up"

1.3 removed the profanity/message and it ironically became "Born a champion", then "Still a champion".

Visual Studio device emulator (5, Funny)

clam666 (1178429) | about 5 years ago | (#27534011)

My favorite was when I was running Visual Studio inside a Virtual PC environment. I was doing some PDA programming and was going to deploy it to the PDA/Phone emulator in Visual Studio. Apparently there's a problem (hard to believe) running a virtual environment inside a virtual environment. When trying to run it, it threw a visual studio exception followed by the message "You just had to try it didn't you".

Quark (1)

dauwhe (562291) | about 5 years ago | (#27534015)

With the right keystrokes in Quark, an alien will walk onto the screen and blast the selected object out of existence. Try it enough times and much larger and more impressive alien will appear!

HP Oscilloscope Tetris (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 years ago | (#27534053)

One of my favorite easter eggs to date would have to be the tetris game [youtube.com] hidden on the HP 54600B oscilloscope. It made my EE classes in college that much more interesting.

Nice to know. (4, Insightful)

jellomizer (103300) | about 5 years ago | (#27534091)

That a lot of open source apps have a bunch of extra undocumented code that could be possible security vulnerability.

Re:Nice to know. (1)

EkriirkE (1075937) | about 5 years ago | (#27534351)

I know! And they are the only ones who do it - and, because its supposed to be a secret, no h4x0rz have ever bothered to find any vulnerability outside of primary function.

*sigh* (4, Informative)

Oxy the moron (770724) | about 5 years ago | (#27534149)

From the "up-up-down-down-left-right-left-right-a-b-select-start" department?

Surely you meant "b-a." I'm pretty sure a-b didn't do anything. :)

Re:*sigh* (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 years ago | (#27534719)

Besides, "up-up-down-down-left-right-left-right" only gets you back where you started, so that part's not necessary;)

Mac OS Pre-9 (4, Informative)

jnetsurfer (637137) | about 5 years ago | (#27534161)

In Mac OS 7.5 - 8.5, you could get easter eggs by typing the text "secret about box" into any text editor that supported drag & drop and text clippings, selecting the text and dragging it to the desktop. In one OS, it would start a "brick-out" type game with the developer's names.

These are terrific?? (1)

Murpster (1274988) | about 5 years ago | (#27534201)

Compared to the magic dot in Adventure or good old SYS 32800,123,45,6 these eggs are pretty weak.

Re:These are terrific?? (1)

knarfling (735361) | about 5 years ago | (#27534787)

And what about the Commodore 64's Word processor? If you hit CTL+Function+F3, it would start playing "Stars and Stripes Forever"

Jerry Garcia (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 years ago | (#27534231)

In ArcGIS by ESRI you used to be able to type "jerry" while in an edit session to make a small photo of Jerry Garcia appear in the upper left of your map data frame. Unfortunately, they took it out, but it was fun while it lasted.

Matlab (2, Interesting)

Bakkster (1529253) | about 5 years ago | (#27534239)

Just ask "why"
>> why
She knew it was a good idea.
>> why
Because the system manager told me to.
>> why
Barney suggested it.
>> why
To please a very terrified and smart and tall engineer.
>> why
How should I know?

vcs (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 years ago | (#27534251)

the best easter egg of all time has to be
in Adventure for the Atari vcs... get the hidden dot
and go through the line to reveal "created by warren robinette" as seen here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gVbu2BssrzE

The full list (1)

line-bundle (235965) | about 5 years ago | (#27534381)

1. Star Wars game in OpenOffice
2. Wanda the fish in Ubuntu
3. Gegls from outer space in Ubuntu
4. "No Easter Eggs here" in Debian
5. Firefox robots
6. telnet towel.blinkenlights.nl (not really easter egg?)
7. Tetris in Emacs (easter egg???)
8. firefox: about:mozilla
9. ddate in Linux
10. pipes screensaver in chrome
11. apt-get moo in Debian.

There. I Read The Fantastic Article (rtFa) for you.

Quite frankly I think they are all dumb.

Real-life Secret Eggs (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 years ago | (#27534427)

I think things like this [sf0.org] are even cooler.

Apple II (1)

HTH NE1 (675604) | about 5 years ago | (#27534429)

Skyfox: hitting Control-G in flight switched from flying an advanced fighter plane to playing a game of Space Invaders.

Karateka: booting the game disk with the label side down played the game with all the graphics flipped vertically.

There was another which was just a cartoon image of the author of the game having his head chopped off by another person. I don't recall the game, except that this easter egg was included in all the games he wrote, including games for the Apple IIgs.

There was another program for the Apple IIgs that, if you did a scan for deleted files, there was a paint program with menus in French that could be recovered.

Old hewlett packard equipment (3, Informative)

smellsofbikes (890263) | about 5 years ago | (#27534471)

My dad designed HP test equipment, along with some other clever people. When they had extra space in ROM they'd put in things that would trigger if you pushed the right buttons on power-up.
One of my function generators plays "The Hallelujah Chorus" if you know what to push and when. (And you have an 8 ohm speaker plugged into the output.)

As it so happens, this was such a spectacular usage of the machine -- taking a single-output function generator and getting it to produce four-part harmony by synthesizing waveforms with embedded harmonics -- that when a sales engineer found out about it he started showing it off, and pretty soon it had stopped being an easter egg and started being a front-line sales demo.

Re:Old hewlett packard equipment (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 years ago | (#27534651)

Doing some imaging of old HP calculator components for a friend, we came across HP logos in the surface mask for some seven-segment single chip displays made in the 70s.

It's about the size of a grain of sand - one of these days we'll crack on open, energize it, and see if the HP logo glows :)

Re:Old hewlett packard equipment (2, Interesting)

smellsofbikes (890263) | about 5 years ago | (#27535009)

Almost all the old HP silicon has artwork drawn on it. The hallways of the plant where Dad worked were lined with photomicrographs of chip art. It was easier to get away with this when the fab was in the basement, so your whole chip, from design to packaging, was in-house and you personally knew all the people involved in it.

Best ever? what about slash dot in Opera? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 years ago | (#27534545)

put a slash and a dot in the address bar of opera

about:robots (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 years ago | (#27534565)

I like the way it has a "Try Again" button. If you press it, it says "Please do not press this button again" (Hitchhiker's Guide style), and then it disappears if you do.

A few more (1)

wirelessbuzzers (552513) | about 5 years ago | (#27534673)

Nautilus: Not sure what version this is, but in some recent version, if you clicked "clear history" in the "go" menu, with some low probability instead of the standard message it would say, "Are you sure you want to forget history?" and then in small text, "If you do, you will be doomed to repeat it."

Mac OS X: hold shift as you trigger expose, open a folder or dock a window. The animation plays in slow motion.

SSH: if your /etc/password is munged (the local one, not the one on the server), then the ssh client will tell you "You don't exist, go away!"

Re:A few more (1)

clone53421 (1310749) | about 5 years ago | (#27534791)

SSH: if your /etc/password is munged (the local one, not the one on the server), then the ssh client will tell you "You don't exist, go away!"

That's not an easter egg. It's just a witty error message.

Photoshop has some cute ones (1)

Landak (798221) | about 5 years ago | (#27534745)

There are loads in Photoshop, but the only two I can remember off the top of my head are: holding alt down when going to Photoshop -> About Photoshop and getting a (usually feline-related) alternative splash screen, and holding down alt while selecting "Layer options" in the Layers palette, resulting in a dialogue box saying "Merlin Lives!" with a cute icon.
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