June 2011, Easter egg hidden inside commercial software. 6656 byte bootable disk image, stored in the floppy disk emulation used by VMware Fusion and VMware Workstation.
In creating commercial software, hundreds or thousands of engineers and designers pour their creativity into something that's expected to be utilitarian and anonymous. Easter eggs are hidden messages embedded into otherwise faceless objects, glimpses of the creativity and individuality that otherwise remain trapped.
This piece amounts to smuggling art out of this commercial software environment by hiding it inside the product. Users who find the egg unexpectedly see a personal message: a single brief connection with one of the many developers who create the tools we use.