12 Sites for Virtual Easter Eggs

EasterEggsHappy Easter!  It seemed appropriate to put together a list of Easter Egg sites, and I’m not talking about the beautiful colored eggs, I mean those little surprises hidden away in movies, DVDs, games, software, and web pages.

Easter Eggs in Movies and DVDs:

  • DVDEasterEggs – Focuses on Easter eggs in DVDs and helpfully includes the region code.  If you have a huge DVD collection consider signing for the RSS feed to give you something new to look for when you watch your favorite movies over again.
  • Netflix – The DVD rental by mail site lists lots of easter eggs for the movies it has, need something for your queue?  Take a look and see any of these sound interesting to you.
  • IMDB -  While not official listed as easter eggs, you can find a lot of theme under the “Fun Stuff” category on the sidebar.  Just check out the movie you’re about to see and find out if there’s anything you should be looking for.

Easter Eggs in Games:

  • GameSpot – GameSpot has a great article listing the Greatest Easter Eggs in Gaming History, a good read if you want to hit the highlights.
  • YahoVideoGames – Another list from YVG of their favorite gaming easter eggs.
  • DigitPress – Hits a lot of the older games, lists eggs by system and then game.

Easter Eggs in Software:

  • SoftwareTipsAndTricks – This computer help site has amassed a great collection of easter eggs hidden in various operating systems and other common applications
  • FreeSoftwareMagazine – This site that caters to free and OS software users has a list of easter eggs in free software.

Easter Eggs on Web Pages:

  • robert.accettura – This is a fun list of eggs that can be found in the HTML of some of the larger sites
  • Moo – Moo.com is running an online easter egg hunt this year, find the eggs and win prizes!

General Easter EggSites:

  • EggHeaven -  A clean and easy to use site with over 1000 eggs in 14 different categories
  • EEggs – The site isn’t as nice, but with over 10,000 eggs in 7 categories this is the place to go if you want to find an egg

Thursday is Programmer Day! (9/13/07)

Binary 1111 1111 is the last of the 256 possible values of a byte, and Thursday, September 13th 2007, will be the 256th day of the year so on that day we celebrate Programmer Day! This is the day where we programmers and other computer geeks celebrate the power of binary and stand in awe of just how much can be done with zeros and ones. I suggest celebrating with doughnuts and a can/bottle/glass of your favorite caffeinated beverage. The doughnuts will represent the zeros and the beverage the ones. Here are a few other festive activities for Programmer Day:

  • Eat all the doughnuts by the end of the day – There are no zeros in a full byte!
  • Eat your doughnuts in one “full byte” or two “full nybbles
  • Pull out your fake Christmas tree and decorate it with zeros and ones to make a binary tree (CDs and sticks of RAM make good zeros and ones)
  • Make Happy Programmer Day cards using ASCII art
  • Keep track throughout the day and the person with the best binary pun/programming language joke gets a prize (the last doughnut maybe)

UPDATE: We’ve Launched ProgrammerDay.info to promote Programmer Day!

    The Future of Freedom

    I’ve spent several hours reading and soaking in the post on the O’Reilly Radar Blog titled My Tongue-Lashing from Eben Moglen and it’s a lot to take in. The main point of the piece is the video where said tongue-lashing occurs. Tim O’Reilly is on the stage at the beginning dressed like he somehow got Steve Jobs and Mr. Roger’s wardrobe instead of his own, and he invites an obviously emotionally charged Moglen onto the stage for a discussion that quickly takes an unexpected and combative path.

    Moglen seemed to feel betrayed and perhaps jealous at the way O’Reilly has chosen to pursue his life and some of the leadership positions O’Reilly has taken. After you weed out all of that there is a really important discussion about Freedom, not just the types of freedoms that involve copyrighted music and code, but the security and control of our data. Just the thought of having to clean up your life after an identity theft should give you an idea of how important that data is and make you question that fact of how little control you have over it.

    It’s an amazing discussion and the post and resulting comments are worth the read as well, one the best that summaries everything is this one by O’Reilly himself so I’ll end with it:

    “The fact that Eben claims that I’ve been neglecting talking about freedom all these years doesn’t make it true. I’ve been talking about the challenges that web applications will bring to the world of free software for the better part of ten years.

    I’d suggest you read what I’ve actually written, and watch some of the talks I’ve given, before accepting Eben’s characterization of my position.

    I don’t think I misunderstand Eben’s position; I do think he either misunderstands or deliberately mischaracterizes mine.

    The only reason he sees this as a conflict of rights issue is that he’s framing it only as about whether or not it’s OK to for someone to make private changes to free software in a software as a service environment. I’m saying that a software as a service environment provides new challenges to those who care about users’ freedom…”

    “…I do think that the free and open source communities will eventually succeed in a response — but it will be by challenging the centralized architecture of many web 2.0 databases (and by writing new licenses that have more to do with the users’ freedom to own, modify, and share their own data than to modify the software.)

    There’s a lot of thinking to be done to get this right. But we won’t get there if we start by denying that there’s any problem to be solved, and insisting that anyone who says there is has no standing because he’s been talking about open source rather than freedom.”

    The Future of Laptop Computing

    Touch Screen, handwriting recognition, slide-away keyboard, multiple ways to access the Internet and local networks, and a dock to let you use a full sized monitor, keyboard, mouse, and anything you might want to plug in.  All this and the speed and durability of flash memory (no moving parts on your hard drive to crash).  Sony’s Vaio VGN-UX390 is really an amazing machine.  I love my Dell Axim, but this thing blows it out of the water  No need for a watered down version of Windows, you’re running Vista with no compromises.  I’d love to have one of these things.