Internet Call Manager (ICM) Easter Egg - Smoke Me a Kipper, I'm Trying to Answer the Phone
ICM is a program that combines infointeractive.com's (the publisher's) program with an ICM service from your phone company.
ICM service is a version of Call Waiting / Caller ID. When you have your phone line tied up (usually because you are dialed up to your ISP), the call is forwarded to an ICM server. The ICM server checks to see if you have logged on via the ICM program, and if so, displays a window on your computer screen showing the caller ID information.
Normally, the ICM program sits in your windows system tray (lower right corner of start menu bar), whowing green light for logged in to ICM server, red for not logged in.
--- How to see the easter egg ---
Leave the ICM window closed, with the ICM icon remaining in the system tray. Right click the icon to bring up a menu (Open caller log, Clear caller log, About ICM, Close). Without clicking any menu item, hit Alt-Spacebar. This will bring up the standard "windows system menu." Click on MAXIMIZE. An empty white window will appear, with a single menu item (Help), and a title of "Smoke me a kipper; I'll be back for breakfast. 10"
I have no idea what the personal signifigance of this was to the programmer, maybe he was just looking for a title, and this struck him as funny (funny what too much caffeine does?).
There is no way to close the "kipper" window without closing ICM. So, just close it, answer yes when prompted for comfirmation, then restart ICM. (You will probably find it under Start->Programs->Startup->Internet call manager).
I discovered this quite by accident. I'm a keyboard kind of guy (avoid the mouse when I can), and was just looking to close the ICM window that popped up over something important. Most programs respond to Alt-Spacebar by opening the system menu, which also appears in you click on the icon in the upper-left corner of most program windows.
The ICM window is not "standard," it has no title bar or system menu icon. But I figured, I could try Alt-Spacebar to get at a system menu if one was hidden.
Apparently, the architecture of the program is to have a real, normal window (if smoked kipper windows can be considered normal), but to hide that window, and have the hidden window pop up the separate caller ID display. But, the programmer either did not bother to cover up the hidden window completely, or wanted some way of popping it up on purpose, so this lies somewhere between Easter Egg and slipup.
When I tried to re-create the window, the above instructions are what I came up with. I think I did something slightly different, but this definitely works.
7.5/10 with 10 votes
||Dovid Gross on 10-19-2002
ICM v220.127.116.11, might be others
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