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(Gizmodo)   Easter egg hidden on B side of a 1983 vinyl record. If you owned a ZX81 computer   (gizmodo.com) divider line 43
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2014-06-22 05:09:24 PM
Loved my little Sinclair zx81. I taught myself basic on it, along with the fundamentals of programming. I still have it; it's in my office. I manage the software organizations at two sites of a rocket company, so that little gift from my dad turned out to be important.

But strange that anyone would do something specifically for that computer.
 
2014-06-22 06:57:33 PM
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2014-06-22 07:11:00 PM
neato. my dad had one of those when I was in grade school, and I fiddled with it once or twice. I just thought it was cool because it was so small.

good find subby!
 
2014-06-22 07:15:23 PM
What happened ? Did they "drop the bass" ?

/DRTFA
 
2014-06-22 07:21:17 PM
If it did not tell me to worship Satan, (or is it the fabric "Sateen"?) then I am not interested.

Sunscreen maybe. . .
 
2014-06-22 07:27:41 PM
FTA:

It's a graphic style that artists and musicians find fascinating today, and Sievey's experiment foreshadowed the Enhanced CDs that offered up all kinds of easter eggs when you'd pop them in your computer's CD-ROM drive.

Easter eggs like root kits!
 
2014-06-22 07:34:52 PM
We had one back in the day with the 16k expansion. It would fall off and crash the computer, so my dad strapped the computer and module to a board.
 
2014-06-22 07:48:59 PM
Information Society had a 300 baud ascii transmission as the last track on their 1992 album, interesting to learn they weren't the first..

/ZX81?
//y'all is oooold-school
 
2014-06-22 08:07:00 PM
Pretty sure it's not an "easter egg" if the entire back of the album cover is dedicated to telling you that it's there.
 
2014-06-22 08:19:54 PM
ZX81? (looks in attic) CHECK!
Tape recorder? (looks in basement) CHECK!
Something to play vinyl record on? (looks everywhere) shiat!

NOOOOOOOOO
 
2014-06-22 08:26:08 PM
That is awesome. The ZX-81 was my first computer. I maxed it out with the 16k ram pack, a mechanical key overlay for the membrane keyboard, and a thermal printer. There was a magazine for it called "Sync", with lots of cool programs you had to key into the computer, then save on tape. The Holy Grail for the computer was for someone to program a useable 80 column Word processing program for it. I wrote some math and engineering programs for it, and had a lot of fun with it.
 
2014-06-22 08:27:58 PM
As cool as it is having a program for a music video encoded in the B side of a single, that song sucks.
 
2014-06-22 08:33:02 PM

Podmore: But strange that anyone would do something specifically for that computer.


Not really if you look at the computer market in Britain at the time.  It was probably the most affordable computer for sale at the time.  And everyone knows musicians are perpetually broke.
 
2014-06-22 08:56:07 PM
I was also a ZX81 fanatic at the time. I actually de-soldered the connector off my 16k memory expansion pack and used ribbon cable to hard-wire it to the expansion port. Stability!

I also removed the membrane keyboard, studied how it was connected up, and replaced it with a hard-wired full-sized keyboard, wired the same way. Worked great.

I never did anything as creative as this with mine, just wrote simple utilities and games.
 
2014-06-22 09:05:02 PM

Hiro-ACiD: Information Society had a 300 baud ascii transmission as the last track on their 1992 album, interesting to learn they weren't the first..

/ZX81?
//y'all is oooold-school


Commodore 64 magazines routinely came with LPs with programs on them.

Those flimsy kind, like a floppy diskette.

Of course the Commodore 64 had some kinda of weird parity system for tapes, so it didn't care if it was partly messed up.
 
2014-06-22 09:16:40 PM

Glitchwerks: FTA:

It's a graphic style that artists and musicians find fascinating today, and Sievey's experiment foreshadowed the Enhanced CDs that offered up all kinds of easter eggs when you'd pop them in your computer's CD-ROM drive.

Easter eggs like root kits!


The only CD easter egg I remember liking was the CD-Rom for the PS1 version of Masters of Teras Kasi could be put in a CD player and you could listen to the whole soundtrack.

Unfortunately in this case, the easter egg as better than the game on the rest of the disc.
 
2014-06-22 09:31:51 PM

NeoCortex42: Glitchwerks: FTA:

It's a graphic style that artists and musicians find fascinating today, and Sievey's experiment foreshadowed the Enhanced CDs that offered up all kinds of easter eggs when you'd pop them in your computer's CD-ROM drive.

Easter eggs like root kits!

The only CD easter egg I remember liking was the CD-Rom for the PS1 version of Masters of Teras Kasi could be put in a CD player and you could listen to the whole soundtrack.

Unfortunately in this case, the easter egg as better than the game on the rest of the disc.


The first tiger woods game had the first episode of south park on its disc.
 
2014-06-22 09:37:31 PM

NeoCortex42: Glitchwerks: FTA:

It's a graphic style that artists and musicians find fascinating today, and Sievey's experiment foreshadowed the Enhanced CDs that offered up all kinds of easter eggs when you'd pop them in your computer's CD-ROM drive.

Easter eggs like root kits!

The only CD easter egg I remember liking was the CD-Rom for the PS1 version of Masters of Teras Kasi could be put in a CD player and you could listen to the whole soundtrack.

Unfortunately in this case, the easter egg as better than the game on the rest of the disc.


Huh, didn't know you could do that, even though I had that game as well (and I hated fighting games). For me the coolest easter egg of the game was when you unlocked Vader and you get to his stage (because I'm thinking, Vader vs. Vader AWESOME) and it turned out to be Mara Jade in what I believe was her first appearance outside of books and comics. Needless to say, I geeked out... and lost.

That game really sucked though...
 
2014-06-22 09:39:07 PM
This would have run on the old Timex 1000 I had as my first computer.

I don't even know what to think about the fact that this exists. I'm sure if I were aware of this guy's music when I was twelve I would have recognized the B side as Timex software and tried to load it on my computer.

Loading software into a Timex 1000 from a clean new professionally manufactured 300bps cassette suuuuuuucked......I can't imagine what it would have been like to try to copy from vinyl to cassette at home and then load that.......
 
2014-06-22 09:58:03 PM
Reminded me of Sega CD+G Rock Paintings.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-HDurbJ5bYw
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8_HBEnowcyo

now I feel like playing some toe jam and earl.

/not really
 
2014-06-22 10:44:58 PM

Hiro-ACiD: Information Society had a 300 baud ascii transmission as the last track on their 1992 album, interesting to learn they weren't the first..

/ZX81?
//y'all is oooold-school


I always wondered what it said. Too lazy to google.

However, they have embedded CD+G graphics on their 1988 album. Gives production notes on the songs, etc. There's a recipe in there too! Play it with a Sega CD or anything that supports CD+G
 
2014-06-22 11:14:03 PM

NeoCortex42: Glitchwerks: FTA:

It's a graphic style that artists and musicians find fascinating today, and Sievey's experiment foreshadowed the Enhanced CDs that offered up all kinds of easter eggs when you'd pop them in your computer's CD-ROM drive.

Easter eggs like root kits!

The only CD easter egg I remember liking was the CD-Rom for the PS1 version of Masters of Teras Kasi could be put in a CD player and you could listen to the whole soundtrack.

Unfortunately in this case, the easter egg as better than the game on the rest of the disc.


A lot of the computer and console games from the 90's that came on CD-ROM had their soundtrack on the disc as redbook audio. Worms, Warcraft I, Warcraft II, etc. you could throw into your regular CD player and listen to music.
 
2014-06-22 11:37:01 PM
Does anyone remember redbook audio? Basically a game disc could be put into a CD player and you could listen to the soundtrack. However track 1 was of the game data, so it came out as just noise.

/remember Descent II had this
 
2014-06-23 12:27:43 AM
Weezer's "Buddy Holly" on the Windows 95 install disc, anyone?
 
2014-06-23 12:50:12 AM

Electrify: Does anyone remember redbook audio? Basically a game disc could be put into a CD player and you could listen to the soundtrack. However track 1 was of the game data, so it came out as just noise.

/remember Descent II had this


Ringworld or Return to Ringworld had this, too. I forget which.
 
2014-06-23 01:08:55 AM

Electrify: Does anyone remember redbook audio? Basically a game disc could be put into a CD player and you could listen to the soundtrack. However track 1 was of the game data, so it came out as just noise.

/remember Descent II had this


Echo the Dolphin for the Sega CD was like that as well. A performance group I was with back in the mid-90s used one of the tracks from Echo for my segment of our blacklight show.
 
2014-06-23 01:45:55 AM
Pete Shelley (Buzzcocks / Magazine / etc) released a solo album with a ZX Spectrum multimedia program  which contained the lyrics and flashing colours to accompany the music.
 
2014-06-23 02:43:11 AM
The same idea was revived last year using a ZX Spectrum streaming data off an SD card to provide the visuals. It's quite impressive.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r0bKIDzGyyA
 
2014-06-23 03:12:55 AM
Information Society did this, too. The track got you to their (primitive) BBS if you had one of those MODEMs with a phone cradle.

They were also one of the earliest bands to experiment with CD+G videos, along with Fleetwood Mac and Alphaville. The CD-G video for Alphaville's The Breathtaking Blue  album is pretty cool.
 
2014-06-23 03:41:38 AM
Not an easter egg.

I bought this single specifically because it had the programs on the B-side and I was curious, the music wasn't great but it was good fun.

I still have it, and my ZX81, although I doubt it still works.
 
2014-06-23 05:24:14 AM

mark12A: That is awesome. The ZX-81 was my first computer. I maxed it out with the 16k ram pack, a mechanical key overlay for the membrane keyboard, and a thermal printer. There was a magazine for it called "Sync", with lots of cool programs you had to key into the computer, then save on tape. The Holy Grail for the computer was for someone to program a useable 80 column Word processing program for it. I wrote some math and engineering programs for it, and had a lot of fun with it.


My favourite game for the ZX81 was "Mazogs," a simple dungeon-crawler complete with swords, treasure, prisoners trapped in walls, and monsters... Not bad for 1K (don't recall if it was a memory hog that ate up the whole 16K on the expander pack).
I also like the one-touch keys for programming, where touching a letter would instantly give you a commonly-used BASIC command. I wrote a few games, as well as a whole program designed to showcase its abilities for a science fair... of course it lost to the kid who had a VIC 20 loaded with a commercial astronomy program :-(.

/get off my techno-lawn
 
2014-06-23 06:41:56 AM
Age of empires had the Redbook audio as well.
 
2014-06-23 07:23:37 AM
 
2014-06-23 08:12:16 AM

mark12A: That is awesome. The ZX-81 was my first computer. I maxed it out with the 16k ram pack, a mechanical key overlay for the membrane keyboard, and a thermal printer. There was a magazine for it called "Sync", with lots of cool programs you had to key into the computer, then save on tape. The Holy Grail for the computer was for someone to program a useable 80 column Word processing program for it. I wrote some math and engineering programs for it, and had a lot of fun with it.


actually, 64k was the maximum...
www.old-computers.com

the only way you could have a high enough resolution for an 80 column word processor (would have to be written for graphics mode not text mode) would be to have this interface as well:
www.zx81stuff.org.uk
(Memopack HRG interface) - as the zx81 only had an addressable resolution of 256x192 for hires, and coding (even in ML) a simple screen scroll would have been painfully slow... but at 256 pixels across, that would mean you would have to make each character 3.2 pixels wide (so you would have to use kearning, and they would be illegible... just too small... now if you used 5 pixels wide, you might manage it, but it would still be unreadable on a TV... you would have to use a monitor, and modify the zx81 to output svideo or something similar as the composite signal coming out would cause it to be fuzzy... strictly speaking you don't really need the HRG, but it would make life easier if you were trying to write an 80 column word processor.
 
2014-06-23 08:23:49 AM
Back in the day I toyed with the idea of recording a fax transmission and using it as an easter egg for the
radio sketch comedy group I was in during college.  Never got around to it, though.
 
2014-06-23 09:31:17 AM

Shadyman: Electrify: Does anyone remember redbook audio? Basically a game disc could be put into a CD player and you could listen to the soundtrack. However track 1 was of the game data, so it came out as just noise.

/remember Descent II had this

Ringworld or Return to Ringworld had this, too. I forget which.


Add Total Annihilation to the list
 
2014-06-23 11:04:01 AM

NeoCortex42: Glitchwerks: FTA:

It's a graphic style that artists and musicians find fascinating today, and Sievey's experiment foreshadowed the Enhanced CDs that offered up all kinds of easter eggs when you'd pop them in your computer's CD-ROM drive.

Easter eggs like root kits!

The only CD easter egg I remember liking was the CD-Rom for the PS1 version of Masters of Teras Kasi could be put in a CD player and you could listen to the whole soundtrack.

Unfortunately in this case, the easter egg as better than the game on the rest of the disc.


Several PS1 games did this, I believe. I remember being able to listen to the Twisted Metal 2 soundtrack this way. Also, not an Easter Egg, but it was always funny to load up a Final fantasy 7/8/9 save file and then swap in the wrong disc. As the only difference between the discs was the FMVs, it would play normally and then play the completely wrong video when it got to one of those parts. It was amusing for 10 year old me.
 
2014-06-23 11:06:26 AM
ugh "vinyl record"

/I am going to play my vinyls on my vinyl player
 
2014-06-23 11:42:25 AM
That also meant you could hypothetically send data the other way

What a stupid thing to say. *Obviously* you could send data the other way. What the fark would be the point of only being able to write data out? Christ what a stupid thing to say.

I've still got my grandfather's TRS-80s, and the cassette player they used for storage. And a bunch of tapes, and even one of those cool old modems that you hooked up to a landline phone. Like this. It all predates me, but it's cool to have around to play with.
 
2014-06-23 11:59:53 AM
My first computer was a zx81 that I built with my dad. And like 1/3rd of them they failed, sent it back and they sent us a premade one. I credit my lifelong interest in computers with that.
I can't say that I remember doing much intersting work on it. My dad programmed a simple word processor, I think upper or lower cases letters were inverse text. I typed in programs from beagle bros ads and 101 basic computer games.
The addition of a real keyboard greatly helped out as the connections were super flaky with the huge 64k expansion pack. I think it lost the ability to save to tape and so I typed in the program for code of hamurbi a billion times.
Anyway graduated to an apple //e and was amazed by the colors and graphics. Oh and a modem.
 
2014-06-23 06:12:07 PM

Theory Of Null: Reminded me of Sega CD+G Rock Paintings.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-HDurbJ5bYw
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8_HBEnowcyo

now I feel like playing some toe jam and earl.

/not really


I have never not wanted to play Toe Jam and Earl.

Also, Subby either doesn't know what "hidden Easter Egg" is or didn't RTFA.
 
2014-06-23 08:14:17 PM
That was punk rock?
 
2014-06-23 09:29:10 PM
An Easter egg on a vinyl record?  Sounds like something Ren would choke Stimpy for doing.
("MY OPERA RECORDS.....CUVERED IN BUBBLEGUM!!!")
 
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