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Friday, January 21, 2005

Easter Eggs

I set a competition in To Computing Heroes last week and was a bit dissappointed at the lack of application Easter Eggs that were reported. One that I like is that in Mozilla's Firebird. Enter "about:mozilla" (without the quotes) into the address bar to see a dig at Microsoft (Mammon). Microsoft respond in IE with a blue screen. I have mixed feelings about these indulgences, however. I remember an old version of Excel that had a complete video game embedded in the Help..About area. Initially Easter Egss were a list of credits, but even then the code is wasting your CPU cycles in scanning for trigger keystrokes....
I remember when entering about:mozilla in old versions of Netscape (v3.x I think) used to change the animated N in the top corner to a fire breathing dragon, as well as displaying the "biblical verse" page.
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