What is EarthquakeX?
EarthquakeX is a port of an old prank/joke control panel for System 7
called Earthquake. When installed, your Macintosh will experience random
earthquakes. This version is a bit different from the old one, but the
principal is still the same. The old version, being a control panel,
allowed you to set the quake frequency, duration and richter level. This
version acts more like an extension; user control over the quaking is
not allowed (read tip below, however).
How do I use EarthquakeX?
Ideally, you should install this on the computer of someone who is
smaller and weaker than you. Then simply double click the EarthquakeX
icon. It's a faceless background app, so it will look as if nothing has
happened. After a few seconds, your Mac should experience a tremor. If
you wish to quit EarthquakeX, simply open up a Terminal window and type:
killall QUIT "Earthquake"
If that doesn't work, simply choose "Log Out" from the Apple menu, then log back in.
Version 1.1: Works with OS X 10.4 (Tiger), universal binary.
You can change the frequency of the tremors, if you know how to use the
Terminal. On the Mac where EarthquakeX is installed (make sure it isn't
running!), open a terminal and type in:
defaults write com.stimpsoft.earthquakex quakechance -integer [%percent];
Where it says [%percent],
put the percent with which a quake can happen. There is a chance for a
quake every ten seconds. So for example, if you typed in "defaults write
com.stimpsoft.earthquakex quakechance -integer 50;", there will be a
50% chance of a quake every 10 seconds. The default chance for a quake
Earthquake was originally created by Marco Carra of SlimyFrog Software in 1994.
I make no guarantees about this app. It may destroy you, your computer,
your friends computer, your cat, your credit rating, etc. I am in no way
responsible for ANYTHING tragic happening to you or anyone you choose
to torture with this app. Use at your own risk.
EarthquakeX is 159% freeware. You may redistribute the
application as you see fit, without notification to myself, as long as
no fee is collected.