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Have fun with the OS X Terminal


The terminal is that tool that goes unnoticed by the vast majority of us, but that some Unix users take advantage of on a daily basis. Not in vain OS X (then Mac OS X) was born with the maxim of having a Unix kernel that would give it more stability and it is largely responsible for what we have now.

Have fun with the OS X Terminal
Have fun with the OS X Terminal

Thanks to this Unix kernel, we have a much more stable system than others and with which we can do more things than in Windows. Thanks to it we have almost no virus, thanks to it we can access the whole system or thanks to it we have a tool as useful as Automator. But now it’s time to have fun, so let’s see three commands that will bring out some smiles.

Do you want to see snow on your terminal? Well, this is possible thanks to a couple of command lines. First of all we should make the terminal as dark as possible. To do this, access your terminal’s preferences from the menu bar and in the settings section choose the “pro” style which is the darkest style it offers. Once this is done, we will type this in our terminal.

Once we press the enter on our keyboard, we will see how snowflakes start to fall inside the terminal. If we set it to full screen, we’ll have a great screensaver on our Mac. And now you want to watch Star Wars episode four? Very easy, by typing this simple line, we’ll have the whole story in ASCII code.

The older folks around here will remember some of these games. And we can access them through the terminal. We will run the Unix application “emacs” , simply by typing this in the terminal and pressing enter. You will then get a list of the available commands. Press “esc+X” so that we can start running the games, we simply have to choose any of this list by typing them as they appear in the following list.

  • 5×5
  • blackbox
  • dunnet
  • gomoku
  • hanoi
  • landmark
  • mpuz
  • pong
  • snake
  • solitaire
  • tetris

If we want to leave the game and return to the terminal command line, we only need to press “Ctrl+X” followed by “Ctrl+C”. And if finally, we want to hear the Unix voice, if we type “say” followed by the phrase that comes to mind, the Unix voice emulator will read it to us.


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