ddate: Converts Gregorian dates to Discordian dates

Posted on in Categories Humor, Linux, Shell scripting, UNIX last updated October 16, 2007

Most of you may be aware of date command. There is also a ddate command. It converts Gregorian dates to Discordian dates or Erisian calendar, which is an alternative calendar used by some adherents of Discordianism. It is specified on page 00034 of the Principia Discordia:

The Discordian calendar has five 73-day seasons: Chaos, Discord, Confusion, Bureaucracy, and The Aftermath. The Discordian year is aligned with the Gregorian calendar and begins on January 1, thus Chaos 1, 3173 YOLD is January 1, 2007 Gregorian.

Just type ddate:
$ ddate
Output:

Today is Setting Orange, the 71st day of Bureaucracy in the YOLD 3173

For fun put following alias in /etc/profile (try out on 1st April 😉 ):
alias date=ddate

If called with no arguments, ddate will get the current system date, convert this to the Discordian date format and print this on the standard output.. Alternatively, a Gregorian date may be specified on the command line, in the form of a numerical day, month and year.

Humor: Ten Funny Quotes By Linus Torvalds

Posted on in Categories Humor, Linux last updated October 13, 2007

“Dijkstra probably hates me” ~ (in kernel/sched.c)

“How should I know if it works? That’s what beta testers are for. I only coded it” ~ (somewhere in a posting)

“I’m an idiot.. At least this one [bug] took about 5 minutes to find..” ~ (in response to a bug report)

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Humor: Ubuntu Linux Easter Eggs using apt-get and aptitude commands

Posted on in Categories Debian Linux, Humor, Linux, Linux desktop last updated August 30, 2007

Earlier today someone in IRC chat room pointed out me an easter egg (hidden feature or message in a game or software or sound track) for Ubuntu Linux.

apt-get command easter egg

Open your terminal and type the command:

apt-get moo

         (__)
         (oo)
   /------\/
  / |    ||
 *  /\---/\
    ~~   ~~
...."Have you mooed today?"...

aptitude command easter egg

Also try out following at a shell prompt:
aptitude -v moo
Output:

There really are no Easter Eggs in this program.

Now try one more time:
aptitude -vv moo
Output:

Didn't I already tell you that there are no Easter Eggs in this program?

Heh, keep adding more v options to a command:
aptitude -vvv moo
aptitude -vvvvv moo

I’m sure there are more easter eggs. I’d love to read about more hidden features in the comments section below.

Linux Validates as Genuine Windows Advantage (GWA)

Posted on in Categories Humor, Linux, Windows last updated June 18, 2007

No need to apply any crack or hack it is plain simple good old Wine software. It allows to validate an Ubuntu installation as a genuine copy of Microsoft Windows and get to the download page of Windows Defender, using IE4Linux and Wine.

From the Ubuntu forums thread:

I just did this for a laugh and didn’t expect it to work. I went to microsoft.com using IE4Linux ( http://www.tatanka.com.br/ies4linux/page/Main_Page ) and tried to download Windows Defender, on Xubuntu. Of course, I was asked to do the Genuine Advantage test. I used the alternate authentication method (IE4Linux doesn’t support Active X), downloaded and then ran the genuine advantage application (which took quite a while to start). It gave me a code that I pasted into the authentication box, and to my surprise it verified me and forwarded me to the download page. This just goes to show how rubbish they’re validation software is

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