Easter Eggs

The mention of Siri’s snarky comment about not being able to divide 0 by 0, is an example of an Easter Egg; something that’s hidden in the code. Here are a few more examples:

You: Siri, Repeat After Me.

Siri: If this is some sort of pledge my End User License Agreement forbids it.

You: Siri, Tell me a pick up line.

Siri: Is your name Bluetooth? Because I’m really feeling a connection.

You: Siri, you are boring.

Siri: I’m juggling flaming swords right now. You just can’t see it.

See more here: https://www.thrillist.com/entertainment/nation/19-funny-things-you-can-get-siri-to-say-siri-easter-eggs


Food for Thought

In the beginning, you had to pay for internet use, but the hour. Prices varied by provider:

America Online – Back in 1995 this was probably the most popular online access solution. For the $9.95 base fee, you got 5 hours of online access, after that it was $2.95 an hour.

CompuServe – CompuServe tried a slightly different approach charging $9.95 a month for unlimited access to over 100 basic services. Access to forums and other extended services cost extra, however. To access those forums you would have to pay $4.90 per hour, which was billed in one minute increments.

GEnie – Probably the most expensive online service available back then, GEnie cost $8.95 a month for 4 hours of non-prime time access (that’s before 8:00 am and after 6:00 pm, plus weekends and holidays). It was $3 an hour after that. There was also a surcharge if you wanted to

Prodigy – Prodigy was priced exactly like America Online. $9.95 a month for 5 hours of basic access, then $2.95 an hour after that.

So next time you’re complaining about the $50 a month or so you spend for online access, think about the fact that in 1995 that same constant connection would have cost you around $2100 a month…and it was dial-up!


What did Online Access cost (per hour) in 1995?

4/16 at 1 pm in The Buzzell

  • We’ll start by explaining we’re on the road and try to remember to describe anything being shown.
  • Bernie will gather the answers from the Kids, Hayden from the Seniors and they will also ask for any good stories related to the Qs as well. They will tap a few people to come up to the mics and share their answers/stories.

First we’ll see if Wilmington matches the findings from this Pew Study: http://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2018/05/02/millennials-stand-out-for-their-technology-use-but-older-generations-also-embrace-digital-life/

    1. Do you own a smartphone and or a tablet? Also, do you use Social Media?
    1. Do you see the Internet as a positive thing for society? What about for you personally?


Next we have a couple of question ourselves.

    1. What’s the first device you used?
    2. Who taught you to use it?
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