ROM Dumping Leads to Discovery of 25 Year Old Easter Egg

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ROM Dumping Leads to Discovery of 25 Year Old Easter Egg

Adam Mayer and Trammell Hudson from NYC Resistor uncovered a series of photos stored in the ROM of an old Macintosh SE. We’ve previously covered the ROM dumping that’s been going on the Brooklyn-based hackerspace and it looks like they’ve uncovered quite an easter egg. While the existence of one of the images was already known, they used their own homebrew python tools to uncover the rest. Presumably, the people in the photos are the team members behind the creation of the Macintosh SE. Check out their full write up for how they uncovered this incredible digital time capsule.

UPDATE: Since publishing, I was able to find a few other references to these images online, but none that discuss how to get the data itself off the ROM, only how to display the image on the Mac’s screen.

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Matt Richardson is a San Francisco-based creative technologist and Contributing Editor at MAKE. He’s the co-author of Getting Started with Raspberry Pi and the author of Getting Started with BeagleBone.

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