In the run-up to Easter 2022, an Easter egg hidden for nearly 35 years was discovered in Windows 1.0. The discovery in the first version of Microsoft’s operating system also brought to light video game developer Gabe Newell, who today leads Valve Corporation.
The revelation was the work of Lucas Brooks, who defines himself on his social networks as “a novice fan of Windows” who occasionally shares “interesting findings”. That was exactly what did on twitteraccording to his own account.
“Spent all day reverse engineering early Windows binaries to look for Easter eggs,” he wrote. In addition, he published on the Pastebin portal the key combinations for versions 1.0, 2.0 and 3.0 of the software, the newest of which appeared in 1990.
Brooks assured that the programmers “did a very good job of hiding it”, so he had to apply patches so that names like John Pollock, Rao Remala, Lin Shaw, Karl Stock, Ben Ting, Tandy Trower and John Waskon jumped into the fray. view.
According to their explanations, “they put the encrypted data at the end of a bitmap file (the smiley face bitmap) and there were no tools to extract NE bitmaps at the time. Even if someone managed to extract the bitmap, they wouldn’t have noticed the extra data at the end.”
“In my opinion, the credits screen should not have been an Easter egg, it should have been shown to us the first time we used Windows so that we could appreciate its work. If you know any of them, please thank them for making the best operating system,” she celebrated.
Without a doubt, one of the most famous was Gabe Newell, who is also a co-founder of Valve, but since the mid-80s and for 13 years he collaborated for the nascent company of Bill Gates. Among others of his contributions to humanity, are Doom and Half-Life.