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Easter egg (ê´ster
A dyed or decorated egg, traditionally associated with Easter.
Easter egg (ê'ster
A hidden feature of a computer program that may contain a hidden command, an animation, a humorous message, or a list of credits for the people who developed the program. In order to display an Easter egg, a user often must enter an obscure series of keystrokes.
Easter Egg [from the custom of the Easter Egg hunt observed in the U.S. and many parts of Europe] n. 1. A message hidden in the object code of a program as a joke, intended to be found by persons disassembling or browsing the code. 2. A message, graphic, or sound effect emitted by a program (or, on a PC, the BIOS ROM) in response to some undocumented set of commands or keystrokes, intended as a joke or to display program credits. One well-known early Easter egg found in a couple of OSes caused them to respond to much more elaborate eggs hidden in ROM, including lists of the developers' names, political exhortations, snatches of music, and (in one case) graphics images of the entire development team.
- _The New Hacker's
release _Me And You MP3/We
All Fall Down_ MP3
Egg Hunt on Dischord (1986)
members: Ian McKaye and Jeff Nelson (both from Minor Threat)
- An old Atari
2600 video game that hacker Knight Lightning played when he was seven and discovered
secret rooms. This led to an interest in finding secrets in computers. Interestingly,
the secret room KL found (which contained the initials of a programmer) is often
considered to be the first easter egg ever put in a commercial program.
Easter Egg for Excel 97:
Open Excel 97.
Open a new worksheet and press the F5 key.
Type X97:L97 and press the Enter key.
Press the Tab key.
Hold Ctrl-Shift and click the Chart Wizard button on the tool bar.
Once the Easter egg is activated, use the mouse to fly around - right button for forward, left for reverse.
Note: If you don't have DirectX drivers installed you will only get a list of developer names. If you do, you will encounter a flight
simulator. Can you find the focal point of the virtual region with the scrolling display?
Easter Egg for Internet Explorer:
Open Internet Explorer.
Select "About Internet Explorer" from the help menu.
Hold down the Ctrl key and use the mouse to select and drag the "e" in the upper right hand corner onto the picture of the Earth and release the Ctrl key.
Hold down the Ctrl key again and use the mouse to drag the "e" so that it pushes the words "Microsoft Internet Explorer 4.0" out of the way and return the "e" to the planet earth.
If it hasn't already started to run, press the "unlock" button to see a display of all the IE 4.0 development team.
Persians first began using colored eggs to celebrate spring in 3000 BCE., giving gifts of eggs dyed red to mark the new season's first day. Ancient Egyptians, Greeks and Romans also celebrated spring with colored eggs.
First lady Dolly Madison
held the first Easter egg rolling contest at the White House in 1810.
Mrs. Madison was fascinated to learn that Egyptian children rolled colored
eggs on the site of the Pyramids.
She thought the children of the Washington area would enjoy this enchanting
Debian Easter Egg
Requires: Debian GNU/Linux;
Easter Egg: The Advanced Package Tool (APT) is a part of the software management system for Debian. Analogous to RedHat's RPM, but infinitely more capable, APT features automatic dependency handling and much more. If you're not a Linux type, it's like Windows Update for adults.
1. Login to a shell as root.
2. Type "apt-get moo" and press ENTER.
3a. An ASCII-art drawing of a cow will be displayed, with "Have you mooed today?".
3b. If you use just "apt-get", a help file is shown with the various switches available. At the very end it says "This APT has Super Cow Powers".
"Moo" may have started as an inside joke on kuro5hin.org, and could have carried over to Debian this way. If you look hard enough, you can find such things as news://alt.cows.moo.moo.moo and quotes like "To err is human - to moo, bovine".
Also, some have alluded that the reference to "super cow powers" means APT is able to import packages from newer releases of Debian (such as testing << unstable).
Last but not least, I was told in #debian on irc.openprojects.org that it's just geek humor.
Adobe Acrobat Reader
Easter Egg: 1. Start acrobat reader
2. Select Help>About Plug-ins>Acrobat Forms
3. hold in Control+Alt+Shift and click on the credits button.
You should hear a dog bark, the button face will change to say "woof", and the adobe emblem will become a dog paw.
Requires: all versions
written by Jan Goyvaerts
Easter Egg: All of these messages appear in the status bar on the bottom of the editpad window except for one. We will start with that one.
1. "Hi! How are you?"
In the menu at the top of the screen, choose "options" and then click on "Preferences." Move your mouse pointer over the status bar of the preferences window that popped up.
2. "People with a
heart for nature use the print features only when necessary"
In the menu at the top of the screen, click on the "Print" option. The message should display in the status bar when this menu is open.
3. Jan's Birthday
Make sure the date on your computer is set to February 16 (you can even change the date on your computer to do this, but it doesn't seem to work in editpad classic) and open editpad. In the status bar it gives a birthday message.
4. "Merry Christmas"
Make sure the date on your computer is set to December 25 (you can even change the date on your computer to do this, but it doesn't seem to work in editpad classic) and open editpad. In the status bar it gives a Christmas message.
5. "Happy New Year"
Make sure the date on your computer is set to January 1 (you can even change the date on your computer to do this, but it doesn't seem to work in editpad classic) and open editpad. In the status bar it gives a new years message.
Requires: Winamp v2.xx
1. Start Winamp 2.xx
2. Type nullsoft slowly, pressing ESC after every L.
3. Do it using the default skin.
4. You'll see this message:"It really whips the llama's ass"
5. They at Nullsoft say there are 3 other Easter Eggs.
Requires: Winamp 2.7 (other
Easter Egg: The version 2.7 credits screen responds to music. To get to it, (in 2.7) click the little button in the top left corner, click "Nullsoft Winamp..., then click on the credits button.
Home Site 4.0
1. Right-click on the Quickbar icon on
the toolar and choose Customize.
2. Scroll to the bottom of the Quick bar add-ons and you'll see an Easter Egg
3. Drag the Easter Egg onto any Toolbar in the Toolbar:view section.
4. Click Close and return to the program. Find the Toolbar you added the Egg to.
5. Click the Egg. A game will launch.
6. Match the HTML tags in outer space and win!
7. Tests speed, dexterity and HTML knowledge!