A requiem for easter eggs…

Tom rebuts Jeremy Mazner’s lament for the disappearance of easter eggs. Ultimately, I think most easter eggs are the equivalent of stories about college exploits: they’re only interesting only to the people who were involved and deathly boring to everyone else. Sure, there is the occasionally clever or humorous easter egg, but most serve no purpose to anybody except as a little ego trip.

I say this knowing full well that I wrote several easter eggs for Access before the prohibition on easter eggs went in. I even wrote one that I thought was somewhat clever: a Magic Eight Ball easter egg. The problem was, I left the team and within several versions the Magic Eight Ball had turned into the Crashing Magic Eight Ball.

I don’t think losing easter eggs is a great loss, personally… (Although those Excel guys were always pretty damn impressive.)

7 thoughts on “A requiem for easter eggs…

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  3. David

    Most people would agree that easter eggs are pointless. But the thing is, easter eggs tend to add a human side of things to a software.

    Over the years, I’ve had plenty of fun trying to discover easter eggs hidden within microsoft products.

    Okay fine, if microsoft wants better reputation with commercial clients, den at least continue the easter eggs tradision with the home user versions. Come on, where’s Microsoft’s sense of humour ? Heck, even Google still has easter eggs !

  4. Egg lover

    I would love additional information about either Magic Eight Ball Easter Egg or Crashing Magic Eight Ball. The links in the article don’t point to information – they take me to "Egg Heaven" which is some sort of marketing site.


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