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10 Cool Easter Eggs

Anwsers.com defines an easter egg as:

A hidden feature in computer software, a DVD, or a video game.

Over the past few days, I got to check out some cool easter eggs in the softwares I use often. I got to know about some of them from the Internet and the rest of them from a popular Indian computer magazine Digit. Although I was used to seeing these easter eggs in video games and movies, but softwares? I didn’t even know they existed in softwares too. Anyway, here I share 10 cool easter eggs worth mentioning:

Mozilla Firefox
Firefox needs no introduction. It’s one of the best web browsers available and is growing at a rapid rate. The following 2 easter eggs associated with Firefox work no matter which version you are using.

  • Type about:mozilla in the address bar and hit enter. You’ll see a page with maroon background and white text written on it. Now what is written is in the style of Bible verses and tells briefly about the history of Mozilla and Netscape. This message varies from version-to-version, but the idea behind what is displayed remains the same. This trick even works in Netscape browsers.
  • Another eater egg here is that when you type about kitchensink in the address bar, you are redirected to a webpage where you are shown an animated picture of a kitchen sink, designed wholly with ASCII characters.

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Some good movies recently

Today, I got to watch i, Robot movie, featuring Will Smith. Although it’s a quite old movie now (released in 2004), the reason it being a futuristic science fiction attracted me to watch it. Earlier I got several chances to watch the film, but I couldn’t really build up my mind to watch it at those times.

I had suspected the movie to be another of those unrealistic fiction types, but I was certainly proven wrong as the movie proceeded towards the end. Though one cannot easily imagine a world full of human-serving robots and it’s consequences, Isaac Asimov has described that scenario wonderfully in his book i, Robot, on which the film is based. I was surprised to find out later that the original book was first published way back in 1950. Damn! This particular author had a brilliant imagination and creativity at that time too! Of course there is no doubt this and other works of his make him one of the most influential science fiction authors of all time.

The ending of the movie was very good and the script, the events, and Will Smith’s acting (of course) were all well put out. All in all, I really enjoyed the movie and was deeply inspired by it. You just ought to watch it, if you haven’t yet already.

Another good movie I saw recently was Ocean’s Eleven. Ask me honestly and I would say this was the best one I had seen in some past 1-2 years. The story was good, the whole acting crew very good, and the comedy was just fantastic. Add to that the “sophisticated” style acting of George Clooney and the dashing Brad Pitt. And then there was one of may favorites Matt Damon too. All the other artists were good too. So, all in all I really enjoyed watching this movie, so much that I would still love to see it again and again and again and again!

I am impatiently waiting to see Ocean’s Twelve which is the sequel of Ocean’s Eleven. Hey, there is Ocean’s Thirteen too. So, some nice movies are just waiting for me around the corner. 😉

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Jumbled Words Game Downloads

As promised in my last post about my Python-based jumbled words game, here I am posting the game for download in various forms. As of now, the first and second forms are for Windows 2000/XP/2003/Vista only.

First is the normal setup in which you install the game by following those usual Next buttons.

Second is a zip file. Extract it, open the extracted folder and click on the JumbledGUI.exe file to start playing it.

Third is the zipped source code file + other required stuff.

Let me know about your experience with this little game. Any suggestions and comments are always welcome.

Note: There is one little bug in the setup / installer, and that is the shortcuts for the game executable created in the Start menu and (or) during the installation process won’t work. You’ll have to start the game by running the JumbledGUI.exe file in C:\Program Files\Jumbled Words Game, assuming that you have installed the game in the default location.

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Fedora 9 – The first impression

It took me about 8 hours to download the Fedora 9 i386 DVD image from their server. I did that even when I had my final exams going on, but then Fedora has always had a special place in my heart. I had an existing installation of Fedora 8 on my PC (which I could have just “upgraded”, still I went to make a fresh install. I’ll format the F8 partition later, once I have backed up my stuff from there.

The Fedora 9 download got over in the morning, after which I had my paper. So, I decided to install it after returning home from college. And I did exactly that. 😉

It didn’t take much time in burning the image onto a DVD. As soon as it was done, I popped in the DVD in my DVD drive and rebooted. After a few seconds, I was able to see all the installation options, like perform a fresh install, upgrade an existing installation, boot from the first hard disk, etc. I chose the first option.

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Jumbled Words game in Python

I talked about a jumbled words, GUI-based, game in my last post. I made that game just for fun. It was not at all hard to make when you are using a write-less-do-more-language, like Python.

I would like to share the code of that program with you and give a short tutorial on how to create your own Jumbled Words game. The tutorial is platform-independent. So, no matter if you are using Windows or Linux or Mac, the tut will work out in all the cases.

Here’s a screenshot of the Jumbled Words game running in Linux.

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