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  1. AphoticD macrumors 68000

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    One of my favourite memories of classic Mac OS was discovering "Easter Eggs". Many older apps had a "Secret About Box" or similar Easter eggs you could find by holding modifier keys (Usually cmd or option) while clicking around.

    Mac OS X mostly eliminated this trend but I'm sure developers have quietly continued on with this tradition.

    Does anyone have any little known Easter eggs for PowerPC OS X and our apps?

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    For example, just yesterday, after having used Leopard for a decade or so, I discovered that holding Ctrl-Shift while mousing over the dock toggles the magnify mode. Not quite a full 'egg' but a fun find nonetheless.
     
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    QuarkXPress martian

    AFAIK it existed all the way up into version 8 and it's probably still there.

    Video is XPress 4 on OS9.
     
  4. AphoticD thread starter macrumors 68000

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    I've not really used OS9 heavily but I do recall playing Terminal Tetris in OSX. Tetris just happens to be an all-time fav of mine :)
     
  6. MysticCow macrumors 6502a

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    This got fixed during the PowerPC era, but if we're discussing the little things...

    I discovered having your Mac say "f---s sheep" (obviously, you have to have it say the swear word) will result in a big HONK between the two words. This worked up to 10.3 or 10.4. It did get fixed somewhere down the road to 10.5 and I know 10.5 could never do it.

    If you haven't discovered the emacs games (not the eMac, but the emac command in terminal), then read here: https://www.emacswiki.org/emacs/CategoryGames
     
  7. AphoticD thread starter macrumors 68000

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    Mactracker Secret About Box

    While perusing the Mactracker.app Resources, looking for some hardware icons, I came across a suspiciously Easter-eggy looking image. Sure enough and in classic Mac OS style, holding down the option key while selecting "About Mactracker" revealed a Secret About Box. One of the classic Easter Egg styles of yesteryear.

    I checked a few different versions, here are the results;

    SecretAbout4.0.2.png SecretAbout5.1.png SecretAbout7.4.1.png

    Kudos to the developer of this fantastic app.

    Who else has found a Secret About Box in Mac OS X?
     
  8. AphoticD thread starter macrumors 68000

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    Another completely frivolous Easter Egg, but according to this description of the PMU99 (Mitsubishi M16C/62F microprocessor), if you drop into Open Firmware on a Lombard and enter 'wink' or 'winks', the power LED will blink at you.

    Curiously, I tested this on my Pismo and a couple of iBooks, but got 'unknown word'.

    It may also apply to the Wallstreet or PDQ. Anyone want to confirm this? :)
     
  9. swamprock macrumors 6502a

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    Confirmed on my PDQ that it doesn't work. Same error: "unknown word"...
     
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    got it working on my Pismo :D you have to select the PMU in OF first as it has its own "words" aka commands two of which are wink and winks :)

    in the case of my Pismo type: dev via-pmu

    then: wink

    and enjoy :) (if you ever want to see the commands something in OF has type "words" and OF will list them all out)

    (Spoiler alert heres a quick video of it in action on said Pismo :) )

     
  11. AphoticD thread starter macrumors 68000

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    I don't know why that made me LOL, but that's awesome! Good work @LightBulbFun :)

    I just tried it on the iBook G3 500;

    dev via-pmu
    wink
    -- we get a couple of flashes. :cool:

    then...
    winks
    -- it's now flashing forever! I didn't know how to stop it so I gave it the old three-finger salute (ctrl-cmd-power). o_O
     
  12. LightBulbFun macrumors 68000

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    Glad its working for you :)

    I also discovered via this that the Sleep LED on my 500Mhz snowbook is broken LOL

    and yeah winks also makes the LED blink forever on my pismo until I shut-down/restart, sorta reminds me in a cartoon/animated kids movie where they press a button and it sticks down and all hell breaks lose while they run around in panic trying to get it to stop :D

    im curious what other macs have this wink easter egg ill have to go round checking all of mine now :)
     
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    dev via-pmu on the PDQ gives a "no active package can't find device" error. Must be a newworld machine- only thing...

    Just tested it on my 12" PB G4. Works great :)
     
  14. LightBulbFun macrumors 68000

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    easter egg time again! :)

    I discovered that if you dev via-pmu in OF

    you can type sleepledon and sleepledoff to turn the sleep LED light on or off :)
     
  15. swamprock macrumors 6502a

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    I tested wink and the sleep led commands on my iMac G4, but while it OKs the commands, nothing happens :p
     
  16. AphoticD thread starter macrumors 68000

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    Great! Now we just need someone to write an iTunes plugin to make the LED flash along with the beat :cool:
     

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