Sunday, March 23, 2008

Easter Eggs

Linux and Free Software is written by clever programmers. As such, undocumented features creep in to the most mainstream of applications. We call these Easter Eggs, because you have to hunt them.

Here are a few of my favorites.

From the terminal:


apt-get moo

aptitude moo -v

aptitude moo -vv

aptitude moo -vvv

etcetera and so on

Take a break from all that number crunching and enjoy a few games in Open Office Calc

Open a new Spreadsheet

In Cell A1 type =GAME(A2:C4;"TicTacToe")


In Cell A1 type =GAME("StarWars")

A couple more Open Office Easter Eggs

In any Calc cell type =TTT() to get a random smiley.

In any Calc Cell type =STARCALCTEAM()

In the Help->About Screen Press CTRL-S-D-T

Skype Hidden Chat Emoticons
(I know its not "free", but it is available for Linux, so there)

(london) (mooned) (bandit) (finger) (toivo) (rock) (smoking) (tmi) (heidy)

(poolparty) (bug) (fubar) (drunk) (headbang) (flag:US) (myspace)

Last but not Least, The Best Linux Easter Egg Ever

That's enough for this year. Have a Happy Easter! Feel free leave your favorites in the comments.


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