Happy easter to all, what’s better than celebrate this holiday taking a look at what have hidden the programmers in our software ?
A virtual Easter egg is an intentional hidden message, in-joke or feature in a work such as a computer program, web page, video game, movie, book or crossword. The term was coined—according to Warren Robinett—by Atari after they were pointed to the secret message left by Robinett in the game Adventure.
Just open your terminal and write (available on all distribution that use .deb packages):
$ aptitude moo There are no Easter Eggs in this program. $ aptitude -v moo There really are no Easter Eggs in this program. $ aptitude -vv moo Didn't I already tell you that there are no Easter Eggs in this program?
Keep on adding -v’s until after it gives you an Easter Egg.
In a terminal type
If the egg is present, there will be a line (usually the last one) “This APT has Super Cow Powers.”
If the text is present type:
And you’ll get your easter egg.
On Gentoo you can try with:
8) VIM (vi improved)
Open vi improved:
Then type “:help 42”
This is a reference to “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy”
In the terminal run
emacs then press the Esc, and than x, write tetris and press return.
This will open a window where you can play Tetris with the directional arrows, pause with p and quit with the q .
Or you can type snake and play it, to see all the games that are in the emacs, you can type:
Open OpenOffice Writer, then type “‘StarWriterTeam” (without the quotes) and then hit F3.
Does this work also on Libreoffice ? …to be tested 😉
Also, you could open up Calc and type in any cell “=STARCALCTEAM()”. You’ll get the team behind Calc kicking back and having some relax.
In GNOME press alt+f2 and type “gegls from outer space” This will launch a Space Invader-esque game where GEGLs (stands for Genetically Engineered Goat Large) are trying to kill our beloved fish Wanda! Oh Noes!!!
And about Wanda you can also use this easter egg: alt+f2 and type “free the fish”.
i don’t use KDE so i cannot test this: http://www.kdedevelopers.org/node/1896
It’s an easter egg in Kexi, just create a new table design and name it “sudoku” and you’ll get a nice game for free.
3) Arch Linux
There is a “secret” option for pacman, in the options section uncomment (or write)
ILoveCandy , now just run pacman.
This is a documented option, but certainly not much used, try to run nmap with the -oS (enable script kiddie !)
If you run your namp you’ll get an output like this:
nmap -oS - scanme.nmap.org sTaRting NmAp 5.21 ( httP://nmap.0rg ) at 2011-04-23 17:58 C3$T nmap Scan rEporT F0r $Canm3.Nmap.orG (188.8.131.52) HOst Iz up (0.23s LaTency). N0t showN: 993 filt3red ports P0RT ST4T3 SERV|C3 22/tcp opeN $$h 25/Tcp cl0s3d $mtp 53/tCp 0P3n doMaIN 70/tcP cLos3d g0pher 80/tcp 0p3n http 113/tcp Cl0sEd auth 31337/tcp cLo$ed 3L|t3
At number 1 i put the mozilla biblical like quote that you get when you write
about:mozilla in the location bar.
There is no real book entitled The Book of Mozilla. However, apparent quotations hidden in Netscape and Mozilla give this impression by revealing passages in the style of apocalyptic literature, such as the Book of Revelation in the Bible. When about:mozilla is typed into the location bar, various versions of these browsers display a cryptic message in white text on a maroon background in the browser window.
Check on wikipedia for all the verses that have show in the various release.