Total geek rant ahead. Fair warning.
I don’t remember why, but today I figured while I was doing a quick Google search I would amuse myself by conjuring up one my favorite Google Easter egg. You try it: go to Google and type in the word “askew”. See what happens. I’ll wait.
See what I mean? Pretty neat, huh? Except when I tried it today, it didn’t work. Confused, I typed in “recursion”. That one still works… “The loneliest number”? Google’s calculator still says it’s 1. Then I opened Firefox and Googled “askew”. The Easter egg worked just fine.
THIS MEANS WAR. 😡
I realize you probably have no idea what I’m talking about, so allow me to explain. I am one of the 1.6% of people browsing the interwebs that uses Opera as my primary internet browser. And I’m proud to say it, not because I’m some ivory tower hipster geek, but because I find its features to be the most useful if I just want to browse the web and have my browser help me do that. I don’t have a problem with people using Chrome or Firefox or whatever. What I have a problem with is when websites like Google don’t feel like ensuring that ALL of their users are able to use their sites’ full functionalities. (This is just the latest in a series of issues that did not exist with Google a few months ago.) And now when I search for “askew”, the results come up like any other random word in the English language. I don’t care that the other 98.4% of internet users can enjoy askew and YouTube comments rendering correctly; as a minority, I feel rather unrepresented, and maybe I ought to remind Google that I’m one of their users too.
Anyway, hey, just a little Saturday morning rant. You probably never even knew such a thing as Opera existed… Nobody uses it though. Google has the advantage of being a humongous company and Firefox has the support of the open source community. IE and Safari are, well, there on your computer whether you like it or not. Still, things ought to work; Google should know better. I may have to send them a letter.
The point is, internet Easter eggs are cool (like the Gravatar Easter egg I’ve mentioned before, and “askew”, and if you hit the down arrow while a YouTube video is buffering, the spinning circle of dots turns into a game of snake). And everybody ought to be able to enjoy them, not just “most everybody”. Is it really that hard to just test your website on all of the Big 5?
If you know of any other cool Easter eggs, let me know in the comments. 🙂
P.S. We’re talking Opera 12 here, not this Opera 15 and onwards stuff that’s just another useless clone of Chromium.
P.P.S. Oh yeah, if you use Firefox, open a new tab and type “about:robots” into the address bar. That may be my favorite internet Easter egg of all. 🙂