Apple’s “Word of the Day” Screensaver – keeping us all equally smart
I noticed this yesterday, and thought, this has “slow news day” written all over it.
Above: Odds are your Words of the Day today (Sunday, April 20th, 2008) are glengarry, reflexology, aperient, alopecia, and Houdini.
Like any true Mac geek, I have 3 Macs in my living room. When looking over at an old G4 PowerMac which had been left idle, I noticed that the word on the “Word of the Day” screensaver looked familiar. I moved my cursor down to my “hot corner of screensaver invocation”, and noticed my MacBook was displaying the same 5 words as the PowerMac. A quick test of a nearby Mac mini confirmed that (in my house at least) all my computers were showing me the same 5 words of the day. Now the only question ws, how is the screensaver choosing these words? Is it based off my IP address, Time Zone, date? I set my Mac’s clock ahead to the 22nd, and when I got the word “Kaput”, I got my answer. It’s the date.
Just to be double super secret extra sure, a quick IM to faithful Illinoisian (ie, Central time to my Eastern time) Macenstein reader Jordan, and it was confirmed, Apple wants us all to learn the same 5 words each day, no matter our location.
This is obviously Apple’s attempt to make sure all Mac people begin to talk in the same secret code language to further unify our community. For instance, this morning I was feeling a tad constipated, so I asked my wife for an “aperient” drug. Being a Mac user (and more importantly, a Word of the Day Screensaver user), The Bride of Macenstein was back in a flash with the proper medicine. Odds are Bill Gates’ wife would have just stared at him blankly while he writhed on the floor, wracked with stomach cramps had he tried to use that word.
You can test this yourself, if you are as bored as I am. Today’s words (Sunday, April 20th, 2008) are glengarry, reflexology, aperient, alopecia, and Houdini.
Oddly enough, out of these the only word Firefox’s spell check apparently knows is “Houdini” (see above). Maybe it should pay more attention to the screensaver…