After 37 years, the easter egg of the first Windows was found

After 37 years, the easter egg of the first Windows was found

After 37 years

There were strong hopes that even in the very first Windows 1.0, or in the oldest version of the Microsoft operating system, there was an ad hoc hidden easter egg from the developers, but so far no one had been able to identify the gem, hidden in some crevice. well protected. At least until a few days ago when, 37 years after the debut of the os, Twitter user Lucas Brooks managed to solve the mystery, which was far from easy to unravel.

The only The previously known easter egg in Windows 1.0 was inside a bitmap file that depicted a smiley face. It was not enough to open the image, but it was necessary to extract it from an executable file with a procedure that in 1985 was certainly not open to all users. In short, it was not enough to follow a certain path or to reproduce a precise sequence of keys to immediately obtain the easter egg. The easter egg was, as was the practice in the early days of computer science, the list of developers who had collaborated in the creation, the so-called credits.

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So even the first graphic version of Microsoft's operating system followed the fashion of the first easter eggs that appeared with the cases of some games for the Fairchild Channel F console from the late 70s, the iconic one of Warren Robinett's initials hidden in Adventure in 1979 and the various eggs of the Atari games of the 80s placed also due to the absence of real credits. Returning to the Windows 1.0 easter egg, you could also notice an interesting curiosity given that in the list of developers' names there was also that of Gabe Newell, who in 1983 abandoned his Harvard studies to work on the first Windows but then left Microsoft in 1996 with Mike Harrington to found the Valve company. Here is a collection of the most important easter eggs in the history of video games (and not only), some eggs are so difficult to find that they can only be revealed by the authors themselves, as in the case of the first Xbox.

Kylie Minogue pays emotional tribute to Neighbours as soap axed after 37 years

Kylie Minogue has said she will be 'forever grateful' for her time on Neighbours, after it was confirmed that the long-running Australian soap would stop production in June.

It was announced that the daytime drama will end after it lost its key UK broadcaster partner and failed to find alternative funding.

The popular show helped launch the careers of many stars, including Minogue's when she joined in 1986 to play the role of Charlene Robinson.

She paid tribute to the soap on Twitter, writing: 'I’ll be forever grateful for the experience & the friends I made on @neighbours.

'We had no idea how big the show would become and how passionately viewers would take it to heart.

Margot Robbie

'Pure love! I can still hear Madge calling … CHARLENE!!!!'

The drama about the residents of Ramsay Street also helped actors such as Jason Donovan and Margot Robbie find fame.

The future of the show had been in doubt after the UK’s Channel 5 last month confirmed it would stop airing the show.

On Thursday the show's Twitter account said: 'We are so sorry to say that after nearly 37 years and almost 9,000 episodes broadcast we have to confirm that Neighbours will cease production in June.

'Following the loss of our key broadcast partner in the UK and despite an extensive search for alternative funding, we simply have no option but to rest the show.

'To our amazing, loyal fans, we know this is a huge disappointment, as it is to all of us on the team. We thank you for all your messages and support and promise to end the show on an incredible high. From here on, we are celebrating Neighbours.'

Channel 5 said dropping the soap will allow funding to be diverted to original UK dramas.

The longest-running drama series on Australian television, Neighbours initially launched on the country’s Seven network in 1985, but the channel axed it before Ten picked it up the following year and it became an international hit.

In Australia, it has been shown on digital channel 10 Peach since 2011 and has been reliant on the UK broadcaster for funding.

Source: Press Association