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The Art of the Easter Egg

I’m a software developer, so obviously I am talking about the ancient practice of embedding hidden features into software.  Even the left-brained need a creative outlet of some form.  I thought I would share a few of the software easter eggs that I know and enjoy.

Type 'about:robots' into Mozilla Firefox

Type 'about:robots' into Mozilla Firefox

  • An excerpt of the book of Mozilla.
Type 'about:mozilla' into Mozilla Firefox

Type 'about:mozilla' into Mozilla Firefox

  • Google’s ode to the “bushism“.
Type 'about:internets' into Google Chrome

Type 'about:internets' into Google Chrome

  • A close relative to the easter egg is ASCII art.  Sit back and enjoy the big screen like never before.  In windows, go to “Start” -> “Run” and type in “cmd”.  In the command line type, “telnet towel.blinkenlights.nl” and then hit enter twice.
Type 'telnet towel.blinkenlights.nl' into the Windows Command Prompt

Type 'telnet towel.blinkenlights.nl' into the Windows Command Prompt

Do you have any favorite easter eggs I might have missed?

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One Response to “The Art of the Easter Egg”

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    Phil Says:

    In the Google iPhone app, go to the “Settings” menu and scroll up a bunch of times until you see the hidden menu called “Bells and Whistles.” Pretty useless except for the open in app feature.

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