Everybody loves a good secret. Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) probably has more secrets than any other technology company out there, from its classified product development to its opaque supply chain. Unfortunately, this author does not have insider information on either of those topics. However, here are ten secret features found in Apple’s Mac software, courtesy of Dylan Love at Business Insider.
Apple users with keen eyesight may be able to pick out the words from an iconic Apple advertisement that are hidden on the TextEdit icon. Similarly, the deceptively titled Keynote icon features the lyrics to “The Bitch of Living” from the rock musical Spring Awakening.
Bored at work? Mac software has several video games hidden in its code. According to Love, “To play Tetris, start up Terminal. Type ‘emacs’ then press esc + x. Then type ‘tetris’ and it opens up a Tetris game!” Replace “tetris” with “snake” and you can get access to another classic computer game. For more cerebral fun, you can also observe your Mac in Freudian mode. Via Love at Business Insider, “Start up Terminal on your Mac. Type ‘emacs’ and hit enter. Quickly press esc + x. Then type ‘psychoanalyze-pinhead’.” To stop the madness, simply press “ctl + g.”
If you need some cheering up, you can prompt your Mac to tell a joke. Per Love’s instructions, “Open the System Preferences. Go to the Speech pane. Turn on Speakable Items as well as Speak Back Text. Say out loud to your computer, ‘Tell me a joke,’ and it will indulge you.” However, just like a boss, eventually your Mac will tell you to get back to work…
If all this goofing off has made you hungry, Apple has a secret recipe for you. “Fire up Terminal and type ‘open /usr/share/emacs/22.1/etc/COOKIES’” to access a delicious Mrs. Field’s cookies recipe, reports Love. While you’re waiting for your cookies to bake, you can browse a list of significant events throughout the year. Simply type “‘cat /usr/share/calendar/calendar.history’” instructs Love.
Finally, in a humorous putdown of one of Apple’s biggest rivals, your Mac will display any Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) Windows server on your network as “the Blue Screen of Death” reports Business Insider.
Apple shares fell $4.53, or 1.04 percent, to close at $429.80 on Friday.
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