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Tip of the Trade: Linux Easter Egg Fun
Easter Eggs For both the Command Line and GUI
July 23, 2008
Debian users have long had the reliable Super Cow Powers of apt, which you can see by running the apt command with no options. Then, try this option:
$ apt-get moo (__) (oo) /------\/ / | || * /\---/\ ~~ ~~ ...."Have you mooed today?"...
That's probably going to get dull after a few dozen repetitions, so fire up cowsay to express your own creativity:
$ cowsay 'Tip of the Trade rocks!' _________________________ < Tip of the Trade rocks! > ------------------------- \ ^__^ \ (oo)\_______ (__)\ )\/\ ||----w | || ||
Of course, modern system administrators prefer aptitude, which is very serious and leaves no time for frivolity:
$ aptitude moo There are no Easter Eggs in this program. $ aptitude -v moo There really are no Easter Eggs in this program. $ aptitude -vv moo Didn't I already tell you there are no Easter Eggs in this program?
Keep adding v switches to see the rest.
The ddate command gives you the date in the Discordian date format:
$ ddate Today is Boomtime, the 31st day of Confusion in the YOLD 3174
ddate will convert any date for you, in day-month-year order:
$ ddate 8 6 1957 Prickle-Prickle, Confusion 13, 3123 YOLD
man ddate lists a whole raft of additional options.
OpenOffice's spreadsheet, Calc, has a StarWars Galaxy game hidden in it, which looks like Galaga. Enter =Game("StarWars") in any cell. After closing the game, enter =Game("StarWars") again, and you'll get a different response.
The Gnome desktop has a couple of amusements. Hit Alt+F2 to bring up the Run dialog, and enter free the fish. When you get tired of that, enter killall gnome-panel, and then try gegls from outer space.
There, now don't you feel refreshed and more productive?
Article courtesy of Serverwatch, originally published June 30, 2008