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Tuesday, January 1, 2008

Google New Year’s Logo With Easter Egg

Today’s Google logo reads “2008” to celebrate new year’s, but also honors 25 years of TCP/IP. Clicking on it leads to a search result for the query January 1 tcp/ip. This protocol underlying the internet was fully switched to on January 1st, 1983, as Wikipedia’s entry on the subject knows.

Furthermore, there’s a sort of easter egg hidden in the Google-colored confetti at the bottom of the logo. If you look closely, you will notice it reads SYN SYN/ ACK ACK – a command line part of TCP known as the “three way handshake” to establish a connection. The SYN (synchronize) is send from the client, the server replies with SYN and ACK (acknowledgement), and the client sends back an ACK.

[Thanks Ionut and Haochi!]


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