By Ashish Bhatia
An Easter Egg can be anything from a message, a scroll of names, a sound, an
image, unusual programme behaviour to a full game. What you've just sampled are
Easter Eggs. Hundred per cent veg, these Eggs are unexpected, pleasant and
entertaining little surprises that are concealed within operating systems,
software apps, browsers, websites, games, and even movie DVDs. They are
officially undocumented applets or events that are carefully implanted by
programmers. An Easter Egg can be anything from a message, a scroll of names, a
sound, an image, unusual programme behaviour to a full game. They pop up in a
programme in response to a set of secret, non-intuitive commands, mouse
clicks, keystrokes or other analogous stimuli!
Coders embed Easter Eggs in programmes usually as a signature to get credit, or
as a tribute to someone, or as a joke, or just for plain kicks. They are meant
to provide a delightful little burp of thrill when you discover them - sunny
side up, yolk done to perfection. Here's another one to egg you on:
Did you know tha in any flavour of Windows
you cannot create a folder named as "CON" ?
TRY IT NOW!
Right click on your Windows Desktop and click on Properties. In the
Screensaver tab, select the 3D Text screensaver and click on
Properties/Settings. In the text box, type "volcano" (minus the quotes), click
on OK and then click on Preview. Howzzat?
Open a new document. Type "=rand(200,99)" (without the quotes).
Press Enter, hold your breath, wait a few seconds and see what happens!
(You can try typing any variation from (1,1) to (200,99) after "=rand" to see
diverse results; the first number being the repetition and the second the
number of times in a row).
has lovely quirkies on offer.
Go to www.google.com . Type "elgoog"
(Without the quotes).
Then click on the first link and show the world your white and pearlies!
Go to www.google.com/language.html
and look for each of these terms individually:
Elmer Fudd, Bork bork bork, Pig Latin, and Hacker.
In every case, go to the very first link that comes up.
Each of them is a special funny fake language Google search engine page!
dishes up generous servings of Easter Eggs too.
Go to Google and you'll find loads of recipes to poach on. Else savour these:
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- HT Horizons, Kolkata 15Jun2005