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Top 50 Software Easter Eggs of All Time

Apr 06, 2010, 14:33 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Jun Auza)

"A few days from now, it will be Easter Sunday. So after showing you some cool OpenOffice.org Easter eggs, I've decided to go all out by sharing with you some of the most popular software Easter eggs ever. Take note that some of the virtual Easter eggs listed here don't exist anymore on newer versions of the software. However, it would still be interesting to know that they were once hidden inside our favorite programs particularly desktop applications and video games.

"Without any more delay, here are the top 50 software Easter eggs of all time:

"50. IRIX: Hidden Recipes in Release Notes: Open a shell and type “relnotes dmedia_eoe 29.” You’ll recieve recipes for Kung Pao chicken and tiramisu.

"49. Flash (Macromedia version): Flash MX Pro 2004: Go to Help > About Flash Professional. Click the small “™” near the number 2004 and the About screen will offer six different games.

"48. iPod: Breakout Game: Select About from the main menu, then hold the center button for a couple of seconds. A miniature Breakout game, created by the founders of Apple Inc. when they worked for Atari, appears on the screen.

"47. Debian GNU/Linux: Got Apt-Get?: Log in to a shell as root, type "apt-get moo" and press Enter. An ASCII-based drawing of a cow saying, "Have you mooed today?" will appear. If you type "apt-get," a help file with the various switches appears. At the very end, it says, "This APT has Super Cow Powers".

"46. Red Alert: Cryptic Messages Hidden by Psx Manual Designers: Open up the case, extract the manual and look at the dot-dash code at the bottom of most of the pages. This is Morse code, which may have to do with the alternate game play based around the ants missions in some versions."

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