Happy Easter – 5 iconic Easter eggs in Tech history
Easter is coming up and due to the social distancing our Easter egg hunt has been canceled, bummer..
So what better way than to organize an online Easter egg hunt?
Hereby the 5 most iconic Easter eggs in Tech history!
Happy hunting and happy Easter!
1. The first one ever
The first one ever has been discovered not that long ago in March 2017, Atari’s 1977 arcade game Starship 1 features an “Easter egg” (a hidden secret or item), in which the message “Hi Ron!” is relayed on-screen and the player is awarded 10 extra lives.
This discovery stole the first place from the game Adventure, a 1979 game released for the Atari 2600 console which was considered to be the first one ever. The secret was divulged through an interview with the game’s engineer Ron Milner (whose name is referenced in the Easter egg itself), published on the online blog of former Xbox executive Ed Fries on 22 March 2017.
2. Become a James Bond submarine driver
Elon Musk is a huge James Bond fan. So big, in fact, that he bought the white Lotus Esprit submarine used in the James Bond movie The Spy Who Loved Me. But he doesn’t just keep it to himself: if you have a Tesla, you can drive it too. Well, sort of.
To put the Lotus submarine on your Tesla display, follow these steps:
Step 1: Press and hold the “T” at the top center of your touchscreen for 5 seconds. A pop-up will appear saying “PLEASE ENTER ACCESS CODE”;
Step 2: Type “007”, press “OK” and go to the “SUSPENSION” settings;
Step 3: Instead of the usual image of the Tesla Model S, you will now see the white Lotus Esprit submarine and you can dive 20,000 nautical miles deep;
Extra step 4: when you repeat steps 1 and 2, the fins of the Lotus change into the rims under your Tesla.
3. The Answer to Life, the Universe and Everything
The coolest Google Easter egg, especially for those who read The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams. In his book he wrote that the answer to the ultimate question of life, the universe and everything is 42. A lot of fans tried to decipher what was the secret meaning of the number, but Douglas Adams himself said the answer to this is very simple. It was a joke. It had to be a number, an ordinary, smallish number, and I chose that one. Binary representations, base 13, Tibetan monks are all complete nonsense. I sat on my desk, stared into the garden and thought 42 will do. I typed it out. End of story. Even though the author said the number was made up, millions of Hitchhiker’s fans still think of multiple secret motivations.
Want to try?
1. Log on to internet
2. Visit www.google.com
3. Enter in search “answer to life the universe and everything” (no quotes and all lower case)
4. The first outcome will Google’s calculator, informing you the answer is 42.
4. Big Brother is watching you?
If you bought the Oculus Quest or Oculus Rift S headset in 2019 it could be that you got a hidden message in your motion controllers. Oculus executive Nate Mitchell tweeted that the messages “This Space For Rent” and “The Masons Were Here” had been printed on components for tens of thousands of Touch controllers. The Easter eggs were only supposed to appear on prototypes, but Mitchell says they accidentally made it onto the internal hardware for tens of thousands of Touch controllers.
While I appreciate Easter eggs, these were inappropriate and should have been removed said Mitchell. He added that a small number of development kits included the messages “Big Brother is Watching” or “Hi iFixit! We See You!” referring to the prominent hardware repair site. These supposedly don’t appear in any consumer devices.
Facebook is constantly fighting accusations of spying on its users, so including secret conspiratorial messages inside a hardware product is probably not the greatest idea. But it is definitely one of the funnier and more innocuous things that a Facebook executive has apologized for lately.
Kanye West, you either love him or hate him. But, we have to recognize, the man has humor, it’s hard to argue looking at this easter egg. When you arrive on West’s homepage, right click and “view the source code” to be met with a unique and intricate design, along with the name of its creator.
Started in January of 2016, rumor has it this design changes every 3 months.
How are you going to celebrate Easter? And if you have spotted some cool Easter eggs, let us all know in the comments!