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Incomplete downloads in OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion show a "Date Modified" of Jan. 24, 1984, a reference to the day when Apple's very first Macintosh was unveiled by Steve Jobs.

The "easter egg" found in the latest version of Apple's Mac operating system was highlighted by Gizmodo on Thursday. The "Date Modified" temporarily shows up in Finder for any download in progress, including applications being downloaded from the Mac App Store.

Jan. 24, 1984, was the date Jobs took to the stage to show off the very first Macintosh in a live demonstration. The presentation from Jobs stirred an audience of more than 3,000 people into a frenzy when the computer read aloud, "Hello, I'm Macintosh. It sure is great to get out of that bag."

The 1984 easter egg found in Mountain Lion joins a number of other small references found within the OS X operating system. One of the most well known are the words on the TextEdit application icon, which features the script for Apple's iconic "Here's to the Crazy Ones" advertisement, which kicked off the "Think Different" campaign.

Jan. 24, 1984


OS X also includes a subtle jab at Windows-based machines. Microsoft's infamous "Blue Screen of Death" can be seen on a plain grey monitor when viewing information about a non-Mac networked computer in OS X.

Below, see Jobs' rousing presentation of the very first Macintosh on Jan. 24, 1984:

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Haw, great gag. If Apple would finally send my upgrade code, I could enjoy it first hand.

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Typo:  "Jan. 28, 1984, was the date..."

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I love this little egg but why not get the time right or is 3am adjusted for the timezone?

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OS X has had that subtle jab at Windows shares since SL I believe.  

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Typo:  "Jan. 28, 1984, was the date..."

 

No, it was definitely Jan. 24, 1984. 

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No, it was definitely Jan. 24, 1984. 

His comment was noting that there was a typo in the article showing the 28th instead of the 24th.

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OS X has had that subtle jab at Windows shares since SL I believe.  

 

Leopard, wasn't it?

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This brings back so many memories. I was at the Apple HQ in London with all the other owners of Apple Dealerships in the UK around that time where we watched the videos and were handed our first Mac to take home, err I mean to the office (cough) ... I still have that bag and a Mac in it.
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hell, i'd just be happy if it downloaded quickly. at the rate it's going, it'll be next week by the time it completely downloads.
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To think Steve had already supplied his 'friend' Bill Gates with a Mac when this video was shot and hired his small company, Microsoft to work on an insanely great suite of software for the Mac, Office. I still have all the disks. Little did Steve know the Mac's OS was being reverse engineered and stolen to create Windows for the IBM PC. The might of IBM would later protect Gates from Jobs' wrath. Mind you IBM didn't expect Gates to stab them in the back a few years later ... so it goes ....
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You know, that's pretty awesome.

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hell, i'd just be happy if it downloaded quickly. at the rate it's going, it'll be next week by the time it completely downloads.

This would probably be an issue to take up with your ISP, I promise Apple nor the egg have anything to do with your sad situation. /smile
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If the download dropped the connection before completion and left a temp file there what does the date say?

 

Seems sort of childish to fool around with the date on a computer. You never know how this might screw up some application that depends on proper dates at all times.

 

Absolutely non UNIX compliant. They should lose their UNIX certification over that.

 

It is probably not affecting the real date but still just stupid in my opinion


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If the download dropped the connection before completion and left a temp file there what does the date say?

Seems sort of childish to fool around with the date on a computer. You never know how this might screw up some application that depends on proper dates at all times.

Absolutely non UNIX compliant. They should lose their UNIX certification over that.

Ouch!
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Absolutely non UNIX compliant. They should lose their UNIX certification over that.

 

Ooh, can this become the new thing? 

 

"Apple's USB ports provide more power than a standard USB port. Absolutely non-USB compliant. They should lose their USB certification over that."

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Leopard, wasn't it?

One of the two.  

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It also happens to be both the year and date of my birth. :-)
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His comment was noting that there was a typo in the article showing the 28th instead of the 24th.

Dooby must mea something else to you.  Get your as outa the chair and stop getting high.

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If the download dropped the connection before completion and left a temp file there what does the date say?

Seems sort of childish to fool around with the date on a computer. You never know how this might screw up some application that depends on proper dates at all times.

Absolutely non UNIX compliant. They should lose their UNIX certification over that.

It is probably not affecting the real date but still just stupid in my opinion

Finder notes it as being January 24, 1984 but Terminal lists it as being the date it was created or modified (forget which one the ls -l command shows). In any case, I don't think this is something to get upset about. Remember this is for temporary .download file. If you have those sitting around on your system then you have bigger issues to worry about.

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Dooby must mea something else to you.  Get your as outa the chair and stop getting high.

What a perfectly reasonable and sane comment. /s

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The "easter egg" found in the latest version of Apple's Mac operating system...

Easter is always capitalized.  It's the most important Christian holiday, the day that God the Son was resurrected, after having been crucified and buried.

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If the download dropped the connection before completion and left a temp file there what does the date say?

Seems sort of childish to fool around with the date on a computer. You never know how this might screw up some application that depends on proper dates at all times.

Absolutely non UNIX compliant. They should lose their UNIX certification over that.

It is probably not affecting the real date but still just stupid in my opinion

If the connection is dropped in the middle of a download, who cares what date is on the temporary file?

After the download resumes and the file is completed, it will get the right date.
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Finder notes it as being January 24, 1984 but Terminal lists it as being the date it was created or modified (forget which one the ls -l command shows). In any case, I don't think this is something to get upset about. Remember this is for temporary .download file. If you have those sitting around on your system then you have bigger issues to worry about.

 

Hence I expect mstone to retract his tantrum.

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It also happens to be both the year and date of my birth. :-)
Really? Double cool if your name Is Mac(kenzie)
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Finder notes it as being January 24, 1984 but Terminal lists it as being the date it was created or modified (forget which one the ls -l command shows). In any case, I don't think this is something to get upset about. Remember this is for temporary .download file. If you have those sitting around on your system then you have bigger issues to worry about.

.download filenames are fake too. Take a look in your /tmp or your /private/var/tmp folder. I guarantee it won't be empty. That is where things actually go while you are downloading something. I don't really care it just seems like a really bad idea to play around with the date, fake or otherwise. If the file says one thing in the finder and another in the terminal then that can be a source of confusion right there.

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What a perfectly reasonable and sane comment. /s
:-) Tyler's been getting stoned since 77 is my guess.
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If the connection is dropped in the middle of a download, who cares what date is on the temporary file?
After the download resumes and the file is completed, it will get the right date.

I'm sure I am the only one who cares if my files have the correct date. If you look in your download folder while something is downloading I would assume that if I sorted by date the newest file would be on the top of the list and all the dates would be in order. That way I can see the current status of the download. I don't like it one bit that they are screwing with the the date. It is bad enough that by default when you list files by last modified that it show files that were recently opened at the top even if they were not modified. I'm happy for the programmers that they are having so much fun, but if they want OS X to be a computer operating system and not a game then they should use industry best practices. I'm fine with Easter eggs but don't screw with every date or file. Go put something cute where it doesn't affect the entire OS.

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.download filenames are fake too. Take a look in your /tmp or your /private/var/tmp folder. I guarantee it won't be empty. That is where things actually go while you are downloading something. I don't really care it just seems like a really bad idea to play around with the date, fake or otherwise. If the file says one thing in the finder and another in the terminal then that can be a source of confusion right there.

1) I still don't see how the temp file getting that easter egg is a big deal as presented in the Finder. it's not violating SUSEv3.

2) I don't think it's storing the files in /tmp. I think it's storing the file inside the .download package. I seem to recall you can Option+click the item Show All Contents.

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1) I still don't see how the temp file getting that easter egg is a big deal as presented in the Finder. it's not violating SUSEv3.
2) I don't think it's storing the files in /tmp. I think it's storing the file inside the .download package. I seem to recall you can Option+click the item Show All Contents.

I have no idea what the .download file actually is. I am only suggesting that /tmp is being used because that is the way all other UNIX like OSs do it.

 

I just think it is a really bad idea because it makes OS X like a toy. Ok I'll say it - Steve would never have let this happen.

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I have no idea what the .download file actually is. I am only suggesting that /tmp is being used because that is the way all other UNIX like OSs do it.

I just think it is a really bad idea because it makes OS X like a toy.

A toy? Don't you think that's a bit over the top considering how it doesn't affect the date of the file. On top of that we still have faux leather, ineffective skeumorphism and plenty of cutsey (yet informative) icons and effects. If there is something to dig in your feet over this is not it.
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Ok I'll say it - Steve would never have let this happen.

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A toy? Don't you think that's a bit over the top considering how it doesn't affect the date of the file. On top of that we still have faux leather, ineffective skeumorphism and plenty of cutsey (yet informative) icons and effects. If there is something to dig in your feet over this is not it.
Don't make me turn this internet around!

Sorry, dates are sacred in UNIX. Starting around January 1, 1970 at 00:00:00:00 we decided that there would be a mktime function and hands off to anyone messing around with it.

 

I have over 15 years of files on my main work computer. I have developed extensive file naming and categorization protocols with job folders and files all with dates in the file name. I have a multi tiered back up system based on dates. Screwing with dates is a cardinal sin in my book.

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Sorry, dates are sacred in UNIX. Starting around January 1, 1970 at 00:00:00:00 we decided that there would be a mktime function and hands off to anyone messing around with it.
And as previously noted the date and time is not changed in the system.
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I have over 15 years of files on my main work computer. I have developed extensive file naming and categorization protocols with job folders and files all with dates in the file name. I have a multi tiered back up system based on dates. Screwing with dates is a cardinal sin in my book.
Again, the date is not changed in the system. Also again, we're talking about a ;download which means if you backing these up then you have bigger problems.

On top of that, the .download is just a folder just like .app extension. You see the contents of these folders in Terminal but in Finder they show up as an application. .download works the exact same way in that you can, as previously noted, Option-click and Show All Contents. If you don't have a problem with a special folder in Finder being an executable program because it has the .app suffix then you shouldn't have a problem with how the .download folder works in user space.

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And as previously noted the date and time is not changed in the system.

Whatever. You are not convincing enough to change my mind about fooling around with file dates. That is like saying it is ok to lie as long as it is just a joke. Possibly no harm done in the long run but it is a bad idea and it make OS X look amateurish or worse micky mouse-ish. 

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Whatever. You are not convincing enough to change my mind about fooling around with file dates. That is like saying it is ok to lie as long as it is just a joke. Possibly no harm done in the long run but it is a bad idea and it make OS X look amateurish or worse micky mouse-ish. 

Now you're changing your stance. Your initial comment was that you can't change UNIX files that way. So are you saying it is changing Unix files because you see a screenshot of Finder? If so, then you might it had to believe you understand how any OS works. If not, then why are fine with a folder acting like a file and still being SUSE. No matter how you answer your comment is nullified because UNIX is not affected. Whether you like it or not has no barring on the facts, that's just your opinion.

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Now you're changing your stance. Your initial comment was that you can't change UNIX files that way. So are you saying it is changing Unix files because you see a screenshot of Finder? If so, then you might it had to believe you understand how any OS works. If not, then why are fine with a folder acting like a file and still being SUSE. No matter how you answer your comment is nullified because UNIX is not affected. Whether you like it or not has no barring on the facts, that's just your opinion.

Classic Solip. Introduce whatever convoluted logic you wish, I stand by my original argument. Playing around with dates in the file system whether real or fake is a very bad example of OS programming. OS X has lost all my respect in this sophomoric prank and I will delay any upgrade within my sphere of influence until I investigate the implications further. No point in you offering any other argument as I am out of the discussion as of now.

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Classic Solip. Introduce whatever convoluted logic you wish, I stand by my original argument. Playing around with dates in the file system whether real or fake is a very bad example of OS programming. OS X has lost all my respect in this sophomoric prank and I will delay any upgrade within my sphere of influence until I investigate the implications further. No point in you offering any other argument as I am out of the discussion as of now.

if you really feel that way about the user space file system you should have stopped using Macs when 10.0 arrived.
Edited by SolipsismX - 7/26/12 at 7:51pm

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Sorry, dates are sacred in UNIX. Starting around January 1, 1970 at 00:00:00:00 we decided that there would be a mktime function and hands off to anyone messing around with it.

If you're on a 32bit system, something terrible is going to happen to you in 2038
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I have (...) files all with dates in the file name.

Excellent! That way you don't need the OS stating the date.

Go read something, like:
/usr/share/emacs/22.1/etc/JOKES
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Ha - a very subtle egg.

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To mstone...

As I understand, Macs are not confused, You are the only one confused here around.. So I wonder, HAL, is it You??? Should we be worried about it? :-)
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