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18 December 2011

Let it snow

Here's a chance for you to make the inside of your computer look just like it does outside your window, if you live in a place where it's been snowing.

A few weeks ago I wrote about a Google "Easter egg"* - Gravity - for you to play with.  Today, you can make it snow on your computer screen.   Open Google.com, type "let it snow" into the search bar, click the search button, and watch it start to snow on your screen.  And steam over....soon you can't see the search results...but, hmmm, just like on a real steamy window, you can use your mouse to rub away the steam and see the search results.  Or you can press the "Defrost" button.  Fortunately, the effect ends when you close the window, or type in a new search request.

This Easter egg also works on my iPad - it was more fun using my finger to wipe away the frost - just like a real window.
Screen shot

Thanks to Mashable for the heads up.

*"A virtual Easter egg is an intentional hidden message or an in-joke in a work such as a computer programweb pagevideo gamemovie,book or crossword... It draws a parallel with the custom of the Easter egg hunt observed in many Western nations as well as the last Russian imperial family's tradition of giving elaborately jeweled egg-shaped creations by Carl Fabergé which contained hidden surprises.[2]"(link)