Aemulor's brief Windows affair discoveredBy Chris Williams. Published: 19th Dec 2003, 23:32:33 | Permalink | Printable
One lucky user stumbles on hidden relationshipYou may recall from earlier in the year, the Aemulor team launched an easter egg competition, with a copy of Aemulor Pro as the top and only prize promised to the first person to find the hidden gag.
On Thursday this week, Mark Rowan was confirmed as the winner of the competition, having found the secret easter egg in the Aemulor software. Developer Adrian Lees remained cryptic about the nature of the easter egg, adding only that, "I've always reckoned that an Iyonix can run Windows just as well as a real PC can".
Easter eggs are usually funny or quirky jokes or surprises hidden in software by programmers, generally sneaked in during an idle lunchtime or as a 3am caffeine fueled joke. RISC OS 4 has a game of space invaders hidden inside the IRQUtils module, for example, and earlier versions had comedy messages tucked away in the OS resources files.
So what is the Aemulor easter egg and what has it got to do with Windows? Is it a hidden implementation of the Wine library? Is it a stolen version of an XScale compatible WinCE kernel? The Aemulor team are playing their cards close to their chest, but if you want to cut the crap, here's a screenshot of the easter egg in action.
Subtle, real subtle.
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