Published on Wednesday, 09 July 2014 00:00
There is a very high chance that you don't know Apple designers and programmers in Cupertino, California (Apple’s headquarters) have been having a little fun with apple products. There are a couple of hidden “easter eggs” currently lying in wait for you to find all over your iPhone or Macbook – you just need to know where to look. Here are 10 ways to unearth them:
1. Play Mini Classic Games
If you are old enough, you might remember the times when handphone graphics were nothing compared to what they are now. They were extremely pixelated and had limited, non-sophisticated games that had been pre-installed into the phone. If you are nostalgic about the handphone games from the good ol' days, you will be ecstatic to know that your iPhone or Macbook offers you the opportunity to play a few mini classic games. All it requires is a little bit of rudimentary programming.
Inside Applications, go into the Utilities folder. That’s where you’ll find a Terminal to launch most of these Easter eggs.
Once a Terminal is open, type “emacs” (without the quotes) and then hit enter. Press the esc key and the X key at the same time. Once it prompts you, type “tetris” and get ready to spend hours playing this very addictive game.
To play other games, repeat all of these steps, but type in “pong” or “snake” instead of “tetris.”
2. Consult a Therapist
If you ever feel all alone in this world and need a listening ear but no one is around to hear you out, you could just turn to your Macbook to play the role of therapist in your life. Best of all, it is absolutely free! No more paying an exorbitant fee per hour for a shrink!
Just fire up Terminal (found in your Utilities folder) and type in “emacs” and hit enter when prompted. Then hit esc and X at the same time, and type “doctor” as a follow-up.
Your Mac will ask you to please describe your problems and Mac OS X ((in System Preferences and under Users & Groups) will listen—and respond when you hit the return key twice.
3. Famous Dates in History
If you are feeling bored and would like to know an important event that happened on that very day itself, simply fire up a terminal and paste this line of code: “cat /usr/share/calendar/calendar.history” (without the quotes) to access this hidden program.
Also, if you want to unlock the recipe for Mrs. Fields Cookies, repeat all of the steps above, but this time paste in the code “open/usr/share/emacs/22.1/etc/COOKIES” and hit enter.
4. Slow Motion Animations
Mac OS X’s animations make it seem like applications are moving faster than they appear to be. If you minimize a window, you can see the operating system’s “genie effect” take hold of the app. You can actually slow down this effect to truly marvel at the operating system's beauty. Simply hold down the Shift key, as you minimize the window.
5. Sosumi Sound Effect
The Sosumi sound effect stems from the long legal battle between Apple Records (The Beatles’ record label) and Apple Inc. The legal dispute started when Apple Records sued Apple Computer for trademark infringement in 1978 and ended when the latter settled out of court in 2007. The sound effect was created in 1991 and is Apple Inc.’s way of saying, “So sue me.” The sound effect can be found in System Preferences under Sound.
6. TextEdit Letter
You can check out Apple's extreme attention to detail in all of Mac OS X's application icons. Its TextEdit app icon features a pen and paper, but if you look closely enough, you can actually read a quote from Apple’s very famous “Think Different” ad campaign from 1997. Here is what it reads:
Here's to the crazy ones. The misfits. The rebels. The troublemakers. The round pegs in the square holes — the ones who see things differently. They're not fond of rules and they have no respect for the status quo. You can praise them, disagree with them, quote them, disbelieve them, glorify, or vilify them. About the only thing that you can't do is ignore them. Because they change things.
Kate is actually short for “KDE Advanced Text Editor” and John Appleseed is the pseudonym of Mike Markkula, the first CEO of Apple Computer, Inc.
7. Record Icon
In current versions of Mac OS X, you can choose a record icon as your avatar. If you look closer, the song titles on the vinyl read "magic," "revolution," "boom" and "unbelievable." These were Steve Jobs’ most frequently used words during Apple keynote addresses.
8. PC's Blue Screen of Death
It is no secret that Apple and Microsoft are one of the fiercest rivals in the market, so if your Mac discovers a PC on the shared network, it will display a clunky computer with Microsoft's “Blue Screen of Death” error message on its screen in your finder's network hub.
9. Siri's Favorite Movie
If you have ever played around with Siri, you will realize how much of a spunky personality “she” has. Apparently Siri is a big fan of the science fiction movie genre. If you ask Siri about the plot of Inception, Siri responds with, “Inception is about dreaming about dreaming about dreaming about dreaming about something or other. I fell asleep." Siri also has witty answers for The Terminator, Blade Runner, Star Trek, The Matrix, Alien,2001: A Space Odyssey, and The Wizard of Oz, just ask her about it!
10. Star Wars
It is becoming clear that Apple programmers love sci-fi and try to secretly incorporate as much of it as they can in their products. Even I have to admit that this little hidden gem is as cool as they come, your Mac can re-enact the original Star Wars in its entirety as ASCII (American Standard Code for Information Interchange) art. Give it a try! Open Terminal and then simply type “telnet towel.blinkenlights.nl” (sans quotation marks) and hit enter, you can watch a very low-quality, budget animation of the original Star Wars movie.