Saturday, April 7, 2012

Be the Easter Egg

Easter eggs are special eggs that are often given to celebrate Easter or springtime.

The oldest tradition is to use dyed or painted chicken eggs, but a modern custom is to substitute chocolate eggs, or plastic eggs filled with confectionery such as jelly beans. These eggs can be hidden for children to find on Easter morning, who may be told they were left by the Easter Bunny. They also may be put in a basket filled with real or artificial straw to resemble a bird's nest.

When most people hear the words Easter egg they think of brightly colored eggs dyed for kids to hide and hunt.

When it comes to software and computers, an Easter egg is the term used to describe a hidden message or type of feature in the software. Anyone who is running the software or working with it will usually not be able to immediately spot the hidden message or feature. 

The term Easter egg was coined because of its similarities with Easter egg hunts, where people search for hidden Easter eggs that are decorated or contain something fun. Easter eggs are developed by the programmers or developers of the program just for fun.

I would like you to consider becoming a living, breathing virtual Easter egg this year.  Think about it: the technology of today allow us all to do some amazing things, that just a few years ago would be absolutely impossible. We can use Google and Bing to learn about just about anything.  We can share family photos and videos via YouTube and other tools.  We can send Tweets, post Facebook pages, and collaborate with friends and co-workers as if they were in the next room.  With today’s technology, we have more power to do good deeds than could ever have been imagined. 

Let’s say a child asked you questions about the origin of Easter eggs. You could do a Bing or Google Search and find links like this:  

Wow, you are an Easter super genius. Such power!

Regardless of your beliefs, all of us have the power in the tips of our fingers to channel the Spirit of Easter. Why not use such amazing technology to become a real-life Virtual Easter Egg? Right this second, you can spread the power of Easter like never before. I will not tell you how to do it – that is half the fun.  If you need a hint, if you want to see how easy it is to become a Virtual Easter Egg, there might be one hidden in today’s blog. 

Happy Hunting!

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