RE: Easter eggs

Subject: RE: Easter eggs
From: William Swallow <WSWALLOW -at- commsoft -dot- net>
To: "'TECHWR-L'" <TECHWR-L -at- LISTS -dot- RAYCOMM -dot- COM>
Date: Fri, 1 Oct 1999 09:03:45 -0400

Most Easter eggs start as side projects the programmer(s) work on after
hours. Some of the more basic ones (scrolling credits) actually take minutes
to create and implement.

I think that overall you don't see the creation of Easter eggs as
unproductive time... at least no more unproductive than the social coffee
drinker or smoker...

Bill Swallow
Technical Writer
Aptis Software Corporation
a subsidiary of Billing Concepts
phone: 518.433.7698
fax: 518.433.7680
<mailto:william -dot- swallow -at- aptissoftware -dot- com>

> -----Original Message-----
> So does the time spent creating easter eggs explain why (for example) a
> number of chronic shortcomings in various Microsoft Office products never
> seem to be fixed? if the guys are making easter eggs (beyond the obvious
> of
> being debugging tools and copyright traps, there may be other reasons)
> instead of actually working on the product the customer expects to see, is
> that a fair and professional way to behave?

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