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1998\12\08@100621 by Engineering Department

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>> One handy hint that has swung one legal case I know of.... Build in
>> some hidden functionality to the product - some bizarre combination of
>> buttons or whatever that performs no useful function and will not be
>> found by accident.
>> This provides a very easy way to prove that a rival product uses
>> ripped-off code.


<Tjaart van der Walt replied in part>
>Very good idea. Something like the 'easter eggs' in Windows, or
>some cell phones (like the Siemens).

"Easter eggs" in Windoze?  Can you tell me more?  I'm just curious, it's the
sort of trivia that facinates me.


Cheers,

Win Wiencke
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1998\12\08@102658 by MattA

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Hello to the PIC list.

Try doing a search of the web using Yahoo using the phrase "easter eggs".
The result should point you to several sites where lists of these things are
maintained.  I can recommend trying the one hidden in Excel 97 SR-1.

Enjoy.

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1998\12\08@105459 by Nigel Orr

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At 10:06 08/12/98 -0500, you wrote:
>"Easter eggs" in Windoze?  Can you tell me more?  I'm just curious, it's the
>sort of trivia that facinates me.

These might have more info:

http://www.eeggs.com/
http://www.cnet.com/Content/Features/Howto/Eggs/

Nigel
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1998\12\08@132716 by wwl

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On Tue, 8 Dec 1998 10:06:04 -0500, you wrote:

><A PIC list member observed>
>
>>> One handy hint that has swung one legal case I know of.... Build in
>>> some hidden functionality to the product - some bizarre combination of
>>> buttons or whatever that performs no useful function and will not be
>>> found by accident.
>>> This provides a very easy way to prove that a rival product uses
>>> ripped-off code.
>
>
><Tjaart van der Walt replied in part>
>>Very good idea. Something like the 'easter eggs' in Windows, or
>>some cell phones (like the Siemens).
>
>"Easter eggs" in Windoze?  Can you tell me more?  I'm just curious, it's the
>sort of trivia that facinates me.
>
While we're on this subject... if you've got a HP 54645D - go into the
print/util menu, press the 3rd and 4th softkeys together.
When you get bored with this, press the 2nd and 3rd keys together.

1998\12\08@194301 by Harold Hallikainen

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On Tue, 8 Dec 1998 10:06:04 -0500 Engineering Department
<.....imagelogicKILLspamspam@spam@IBM.NET> writes:
><A PIC list member observed>
>
>>> One handy hint that has swung one legal case I know of.... Build in
>>> some hidden functionality to the product - some bizarre combination
>of
>>> buttons or whatever that performs no useful function and will not
>be
>>> found by accident.
>>> This provides a very easy way to prove that a rival product uses
>>> ripped-off code.
>


       Another clever method I've seen for tracing the origin of source
code is to look at how the white space is generated.  It is typically a
combination of tabs and spaces, but it is unlikely that someone writing
the code from scratch would end up with the same white space, even if the
resulting code is "the only" or "the most efficient" way of performing
some task.

Harold



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