YouTube Geek Week Easter Egg gives the site a UNIX overhaul

Google is known for putting in Easter Eggs in its various websites, such as the recent discovery of a Breakout game when searching for image results. This week, yet another odd Easter Egg was outed by Google itself as part of its planned to launch a Geek Week event on YouTube.

In a post on the YouTube twitter feed, Google asks folks to figure out what the following code unlocks:

We won't spoil just how the code is unlocked but once you figure it out (or searched online to find the answer) you type in a certain search string on the YouTube.com website to come up with the following change to the site itself

The UNIX look certainly will take a lot of long time Internet and PC users back to the 1980s and 1990s, where text displays were the norm and a 56K modem was considered to be a speed demon. The whole thing is a way to put some attention to Geek Week, which runs on YouTube from August 4-10th. The site will host a number of special videos with a geek or tech theme from a variety of popular YouTube channels.

Source: YouTube on Twitter | Image via Google

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It was easy to figure out but it's a good try. I guess some might not be able to figure it out. I used to work with that stuff so I picked it up after I looked at it for a second.

I rather prefer trustworthy computing to "Easter eggs".

No way someone would take code that has no business being there in the first place and try to exploit it.

Yes I often find hackers going on youtube exploiting the poor users because if you search for a specific term it loads a different page, completely....

It looks like what I do all day at work, heh. Is there a word for 50% amused, 50% horrified? "I'm at home! No more SSH sessions! This is a safe zone!"

That was EXACTLY my thought when I clicked through. Is it wrong I like the green CRT better than the site as it is now?

figgy said,
I like puzzles. But, this one was way too easy though.

Totally agreed. Took me a second to notice the base, before that I was in the wrong case and it didn't make much sense. Read all first, it is easy. They could have added some extra steps for fun.