By: David K. Every
MPW - Mac Programming Workshop
An MPW Shell (for a past released Golden Master) has a couple of easter eggs.
The color-coding (MPW Technicolor) is referred to in two resources; 'Odds' and 'Sods'.
For the record, 'Odds and Sods' is an album by "The Who".
Mr. Rosenstein and Bill Colsher add that these strings show up as part of the Projector source code control system. If a projector database is locked (in use on a shared computer for example) and someone else tries to check code out of it, the shell (after a while) will put up a dialog asking if you'd like to cancel. (The %s in the above is replaced with your user name.) As you wait longer, it cycles through successive messages. Colsher claims that the mouse must be over the "Give Up" button to see the messages.
These error messages may not be "technically" easter eggs -- but they are typical programmer humor, and pretty funny. So in the spirit of worshiping geeks, they've been add to the collection.
MPW means Macintosh Programmers Workshop and it is a development system created by Apple. It is a collection of C and C++ development tools, and is a very Unix-like development environment (it has a command-line, can run scripts, and so on).
The below messages are from an old 68k compiler. The newest compiler does not have them. The messages can be found in the STR resource, or you may wander across them while working.
Thanks to Bruce Hoult. Posted by Robert Lentz ([email protected]) on his web page.