... have an Easter egg on it? That's an oscilloscope, those blippy things that measure your pulse -- and, when no one is looking, help you pass the time until your surgery. The HP 54622D oscilloscope has an Asteroids clone hidden on it, the 54645D HP reportedly has Centipede, and the HP 54600B you see above comes with a pre-programmed a Tetris clone, complete with save features for high scores. You know, because EMS workers apparently have that much time to kill during an ambulance ride.
It's only a matter of time before these things have Angry Birds.
The Surprisingly Badass Videos Games In Microsoft Excel
Microsoft Excel is the furthest thing from fun ever created. At least PowerPoint can be used to create porn, and Outlook to send it. There's simply no entertainment to be had with Excel spreadsheets, unless you're way, way into math and/or ruining your entire business with one misplaced comma.
All of which, of course, made Excel the perfect place to hide some of the most creative Easter eggs ever invented. We've already told you about the fucked up Doom-esque video game in Excel 95, but it turns out the Excel 2000 sequel has a game in it too. And this one has a plot.
This is already more sophisticated than the first Halo.
This is not an easy Easter egg to unlock. You have to save a blank file as a web page, choose "publish" and "add interactivity," open the page with Internet Explorer (which requires waiting ten minutes for Internet Explorer to load up), scroll all the way down to row 2000, highlight the row, press tab to make column WC active, and click on the Office icon while holding Control, Alt, and Shift. Once you follow all of these steps, or somehow accidentally do all of them while doing your normal work, you'll be treated to a Spy Hunter-esque racing action game with surprisingly decent graphics for the time.
And, you know, for coming in a spreadsheet program.
Want more? Excel 97 had a freaking 3D flight simulator hidden in it. And it's a surprisingly good one, considering that it came out during the last few months of Bill Clinton's first term of office. Computers were basically running on coal back then. All you have to do this time is enter a code and click a few things, and the dreaded Clippy will be replaced by an alien-looking landscape you can fly around in and explore.
And then you'll be fired for gaming on the job. Totally worth it, though.
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