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The Monty Python Saga

By: David K. Every
& Daniel Fanton
(C) Copyright 1999 DKE - All Rights Reserved.

Apple Developers have had a long-time love for Monty Python (don't we all?) and wanted to somehow pay homage via the System -- and AppleTalk and FileSharing looked like a good victim. So, most things involving AppleTalk took on an aspect of Monty Python in some way or another.

Here are the basics:

  1. The entire System 7 AppleTalk (communications) project was named, Holy Grail -- after the moveie "Monty Python and the Hole Grail".
  2. AppleShare is Apple's server software for file sharing, and was code named Holy Hand Grenade (of Antioch) -- which comes from the movie.
  3. File Sharing PDF files have the icon of the Holy Hand Grenade.
  4. The Holy Hand Grenade was used to "snuff" the Killer Rabbit -- and so personal file sharing was code named "Killer Rabbit", because while good, it could be snuffed by AppleShare server version.
  5. A part of File Sharing called AppleShare PDS (used for personal sharing) shows the Killer Rabbit icon.

AppleShare (3.5)
AppleShare Code Name: Holy Hand Grenade

In the STR# Resource, ID -2003, String 4, of the AppleShare extension it says "Oh, most heinous!" In the 'Strs' resource, IDs -1906 and -1905 it says "(Bogus - call x3683)". "3683" is the phone extension to Arman Maghbouleh, at Apple. "Bogus" and "Oh, most heinous!" are not related to Monty Python but are from the movie "Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure" -- showing that programmers can mix metaphores with the worst of them.

AppleShare PDS

If you have ever used File Sharing on your Mac, there should be an invisible icon on the first level of your hard drive that looks like a rabbit with fangs and shades. That icon is named "Killer Rabbit" after the character from the movie "Monty Python and the Holy Grail", which while looking like an ordinary bunny, would leap up and bite the heads off of aggressors.

To see the icon, simply open your hard drive with ResEdit and, on the base level of your drive, there should be something called Apple Share PDS (Parallel Data Structure). Open that and go to the ICON resource.

Note: If you have System 7, or AppleShare 3.0, the Killer Rabbit icon will be on the PDF files inside the File Sharing folder, in the Preferences folder, in the System folder. Otherwise, they will have a Holy Hand Grenade (explained below).

Incidentally, the Killer Rabbit is stored as ICN# resource 20002 of the File Sharing Extension.

Note: The Rabbit may be replaced with the Holy Hand Grenade in MacOS8.

Also, as another egg, make the AppleShare PDS icon visible (with ResEdit) and Get Info for the file. The document type is known as a "Frankenstein PDF document".

Holy Hand Grenade!!!
ARA Code Name: 976 (the prefix for many phone-sex hotlines)

In the movie "Monty Python and the Holy Grail", the Holy Hand Grenade of Antioch was used to blow-up the "Killer Rabbit". The Holy Hand Grenade icon, seen above, appears on files in the File Sharing folder, in the Preferences folder, on all computers. All of them will end with the letters "PDF". I don't know the exact use of these PDF files, but I do know they will appear for some of the CD-ROM discs you put in your Mac.

In the German File Sharing Extension D1 7.6.1 (called "File Sharing
Erweiterung") the "Holy Hand Grenade" icon is in an ICN# resource with the ID 20002. From: Hans Altmeyer ([email protected])

File Sharing (7.6.2)
File Sharing Code Name: Killer Rabbit

The development name for File Sharing was Killer Rabbit. The File Sharing Extension's creator was 'hhgg', standing for Holy Hand Grenade, which killed the Killer Rabbit.

And there are of course a few other Monty Python gems burried about the Mac. Read Inside Mac for one of them.

Created: 08/26/98
Updated: 11/09/02

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