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Playing Tetris on an Oscilloscope

Tetris on an oscilloscope

Have engineers stopped putting Easter eggs into technology lately? It’s always been a fun way to connect with your more advanced customer base (i.e. hackers) — anyway, here’s a great Easter egg you can find on the Hewlett Packard 54600B Oscilloscop — Tetris!

[RaffttaM] discovered this trick when a coworker let him know that one of the oscilloscopes in the lab had the hidden feature. A little fiddling later and a game of Tetris was revealed. If you press the Print/Utility button on the 54600B oscilloscope, followed by pressing the second and third button below the screen at the same time, you can launch the game!

Another cool embedded Easter egg is in the Game Boy Printer — If you hold the feed button during power up it spits out a Mario themed image! One of our readers even managed to hack the printer to show the Hack a Day Logo instead!

Do you know of any more modern tech with cool (and sneaky!) Easter eggs? Let us know by sending in a tip!

[Thanks Gregory!]

Comments

  1. kittan says:

    Just checked on my old 54600A, works on that model as well.

  2. Pierce Jensen says:

    Just checked on the 54645D. Instead of Tetris, it plays Centipede. If you press the third and fourth buttons, it displays dot art of what appears to be a badger and lists out what appear to be the devs.

  3. codeman says:

    My HP Agilent 54622D does asteroids ..
    Like this https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hvfiwaboLK0

  4. This is way too cool. I wonder if guys at LeCroy, Fluke, and Rhode & Schwartz have ever hidden any games?

  5. ragooman says:

    it also works on the 54602B (150mhz) 4chan scope too, just tried it on mine

  6. chango says:

    The on-chip boot rom in an SoC from a former employer of mine would spit out the names of the design and validation team if you sent the right string down the serial port in bootloader mode. Even among design guys there aren’t a lot of people that can say they have their names permanently etched in commercially sold silicon.

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