With Easter Sunday just around the corner here in the USA, the Commodore Computer Club thought it would be cool to showcase an “Easter Egg” put into 8-Bit BASIC by Bill Gates back in the early days of Microsoft.
If you type “WAIT6502,1” into a Commodore PET with BASIC V2 (1979), it will show the string “MICROSOFT!” at the top left corner of the screen. Below are some screen shots*:
Here is the Commodore READY prompt with “Commodore BASIC” showing at the top:
Now you type in “WAIT6502,1” and press RETURN:
As Sheldon Cooper from the Big Bang Theory would say “Bazinga!”:
Legend has it Bill Gates himself inserted this easter egg “after he had had an argument with Commodore founder Jack Tramiel”, “just in case Commodore ever tried to claim that the code wasn’t from Microsoft”.
No matter where you are, who you are, where you live, or what you’ll be doing this weekend… on behalf of all of us in the Commodore Computer Club, we’re wishing everyone a Happy Easter!
* Screen shots provided by PageTable.com