April 5, 2023, by Helen Whitehead

Easter eggs!

Digital Easter egg with blue designTraditionally, Easter eggs in the digital sense used to be hidden in the software that we used every day. From video games to operating systems, software developers have been known to add secret features, messages, and hidden references for users to discover. For example at one point there was a Flight Simulator game hidden in Excel.  There are fewer Easter eggs now. Due to modern code standards, browsers often don’t see the code, so many of the older Easter eggs on websites no longer work.  Microsoft formally stopped including Easter eggs in its programs as part of its Trustworthy Computing Initiative in 2002. Undocumented or hidden code could be malware, so it’s no longer sensible to create the original kinds of Easter eggs.  Google still has a few, and occasionally introduces some for special occasions – although they’re really just gimmick games or animations rather than anything really hidden. But they’re fun to find.  Try the following:

  • Search for Askew.
  • Search for The answer to life the universe and everything.
  • Search for Do a barrel roll.
  • Search for Conway’s game of life
  • Search for Anagram

For a bit of fun, we’ve hidden two eggs in each of the following modules that are open to staff and students (just self-enrol). Can you find them? Sorry, it’s just for fun, no prizes on this occasion!

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