Tip of the Week: (Digital) Easter Eggs

What is an Easter Egg?

As well as the sweet / decorated types of easter egg, you can also find “easter eggs” hidden in websites and software. The first one dates back to 1979 (Happy 40th Birthday!) – and was found in an Atari game – Adventure 2600. Today, they are in a variety of websites, programs and on some DVDs.

Google

Perhaps the most well known are in Google – try searching for askew, or asking it to “do a barrel roll”. A much more interactive one is to go to Google Images and search for Atari Breakout.

Still looking at Google – there are several fun animations you can see in Hangouts. Make sure you put the / at the start, and spell correctly! (These aren’t the only ones – there are others.)

There are more in Google generally-  which is your favourite?

Websites

If you’re a gamer, you’ll probably already know the Konami code. If you don’t, then pressing the following keys on a number of websites gives you a hidden easter egg.
Up, Up, Down, Down, Left, Right, Left, Right, B, A. (Use the arrow keys on your keyboard)

Try these sites to start with:

Phones

On your phone, you’ve probably got some easter Eggs. If you’re an Android user, go to Settings | About device (or about Phone) then find Android Version – then tap that 4 or 5 times. The next thing to happen varies depending on your software version – if it’s a letter, try tapping it 5 times and see what happens.

If you’re an iOS user, try asking Siri why Fire trucks are red.

Over to you

What other Easter Eggs do you know?

 

 

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