Question Cyclops on motherboard

OliverB360

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I found my first computer (Compaq Presario 425) in my parent's basement the other day and noticed this cool cyclops guy on the motherboard. Is this some kind of logo or some random circuit board graffiti?

Sorry for the poor image quality, I was in a dark basement and the inside of the computer was disgusting. I guess dust gets a bit grimy in a damp basement after 22 years.

View: https://imgur.com/a/sFPSCo0
 

AllanGH

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People who work in tech (and I mean the really intelligent people), who get stuck doing rote layout work get bored easily. This kind of thing has been pretty common over the years. You can find butt-loads of similar doodles on μP dies, and in many other serendipitous locations.

I'd chalk it up to something like that, and hope that things got better for the MB silkscreen layout guy..
 
I found my first computer (Compaq Presario 425) in my parent's basement the other day and noticed this cool cyclops guy on the motherboard. Is this some kind of logo or some random circuit board graffiti?

Sorry for the poor image quality, I was in a dark basement and the inside of the computer was disgusting. I guess dust gets a bit grimy in a damp basement after 22 years.

View: https://imgur.com/a/sFPSCo0
I think that's called an "easter egg".


Back in the day (and any 486-based computer is definitely from 'back in the day') little gems of humorous creativity were planted in odd places, usually in software. These 'easter eggs' were really popular to go looking for in new releases.

I guess the guy responsible for the silk-screen artwork on that board felt he needed to get in the act!
 

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