22 Easter Eggs Hidden In Your favourite Mac And Windows Software

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An “Easter egg” is a hidden message or in-joke that software developers will sneak into whatever project they’re working on.There are plenty in OS X and Windows. We even found a few in Firefox.

We’ve gathered them here for you so you can see the secrets hidden in the software you already have.

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title=”Apple’s TextEdit icon”
content=”Apple fans will recognise the text on the TextEdit icon, beginning with, ‘Here’s to the crazy ones.’ They’re the words used in a famous Apple commercial.”
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title=”Emacs psychoanalysis”
content=”Start up Terminal on your Mac. Type ’emacs’ and hit enter. Quickly press esc + x. Then type ‘psychoanalyze-pinhead’ to see your Mac have a conversation with itself. To stop the scrolling conversation, press ctl + g.”
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title=”The “suck” effect for minimising a window”
content=”You can choose between the ‘scale’ or ‘genie’ effect when you minimize a window on your Mac. But there’s a secret third choice called ‘suck.’

Start up Terminal and type ‘defaults write com.apple.dock mineffect -string suck’ and restart your computer. The new effect is activated.”
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title=”Play Tetris!”
content=”Old Unix programmers hid a few games in the code. To play Tetris, start up Terminal. Type ’emacs’ then press esc + x. Then type ‘tetris’ and it opens up a Tetris game!”
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title=”Play Snake!”
content=”Another classic game hidden in the Unix shell — follow the same instructions that you did for Tetris, but type ‘snake’ instead of ‘tetris.'”
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title=”A significant event on every day of the year”
content=”To make your Terminal display a list of 365 significant events — one for every day of the year — just type ‘cat /usr/share/calendar/calendar.history'”
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title=”Your Mac can tell you a joke”
content=”Open the System Preferences. Go to the Speech pane. Turn on Speakable Items as well as Speak Back Text.

Say out loud to your computer, ‘Tell me a joke,’ and it will indulge you. There are a lot of different jokes, but if you keep asking for them, it will literally tell you to get back to work.”
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title=”Hidden text on the Keynote icon”
content=”Sure, it says ‘Q4 2008’ across the top, but the actual body of the text is the lyrics to ‘The Bitch of Living’ from Spring Awakening.

Someone in Cupertino is a fan of musicals.”
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title=”A dig on Windows”
content=”If you have a Windows server on your network, your Mac will display it as a CRT monitor with the Blue Screen of Death.”
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title=”A secret recipe”
content=”Some goofy programmer hid a recipe for Mrs. Field’s Cookies on your computer.

Fire up Terminal and type ‘open /usr/share/emacs/22.1/etc/COOKIES’ to read it.”
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title=”Star Wars in ASCII”
content=”This isn’t anything embedded in Mac software (you can do it in Windows or Linux as well), but it’s a pretty cool to access over Telnet.

In Terminal, type ‘telnet towel.blinkenlights.nl’ to watch all of Star Wars: Episode IV in ASCII characters.

(Han fires first in this one. None of that revisionist nonsense.)”
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title=”A flaw with the Windows calculator”
content=”This isn’t technically an Easter egg, just a weird bug with the Windows calculator. Find the square root of 2, then subtract 2 from that. Apparently, the answer isn’t 0.”
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title=”Type very quickly in Microsoft Word”
content=”Type the pictured text into Microsoft Word to see what happens. (Don’t worry, it’s totally harmless.) Change the numbers for more or less.”
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title=”A political statement in Windows”
content=”Open up Notepad and type ‘bush hid the facts’ before saving and closing. When you open the saved file, a weird change has taken place.

This is a weird bug in Unicode — the same thing takes place for any combination of words with a character count of 4-3-3-5. So if you typed ‘cats cat cat bacon’ the same effect would occur.”
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title=”There is a game hidden in Excel!”
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title=”Windows Vista has secret sounds and music”
content=”To access Vista’s secret music, press the Windows logo key and R to open the ‘run’ dialog. Type in ‘Media.’ This reveals a folder of new sounds and midi files that aren’t normally available.”
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title=”A new way to search”
content=”If you use Windows 2000/ME/XP/2003, go to ‘Find Files or Folders’ and type in ‘catch me if you can.’

It will display a list of all the files on your computer.”
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title=”A secret file full of quotes”
content=”In Windows Explorer, navigate to C:WINDOWSSYSTEM32DRIVERSetc. Open the file named ‘quotes’ to see several quotes placed there by Microsoft developers.”
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title=”Your PC has a God Mode, too”
content=”If you use Windows 7, create a new folder on your Desktop and name it ‘GodMode.{ED7BA470-8E54-465E-825C-99712043E01C}’ to see the numerous options it gives you — administrative tools, backup and restore options, security settings. It’ll make you into a power user in no time.”
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title=”A strange “About” page for Firefox”
content=”Type ‘about:mozilla’ into the Address Bar in Firefox. It reveals a prophetic page proclaiming the future domination of Mozilla’s web browser.”
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title=”Nested browsing in Firefox”
content=”Type ‘chrome://browser/content/browser.xul’ into Firefox’s Address Bar to keep nesting browsers and build a Firefox inside a Firefox.”
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title=”Firefox is full of robots”
content=”Type ‘about:robots’ in Firefox’s Address Bar for a quick lesson on robots.”
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title=”Even photographs have secrets”
content=”Here are some amazing fake photos through history >
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