Hidden within each version of the Amiga's operating system is a bunch of secret messages left there by the Amiga
development team. Some are simple credits, some are in-jokes, and a few are editorial comments about Commodore's
marketing. Methods of finding and viewing these messages vary with the version of the operating system you're
WORKBENCH 1.2 AND 1.3
The AmigaDOS 1.x secret messages give thanks to the original Amiga development team. It really takes two people
(or a three-handed extra-terrestrial) to see these.
- Reboot your computer and make sure that the Workbench screen is active.
- Have one person hold down both sets of Shift and Alt keys on the keyboard.
- Then press and hold each of the function keys in turn. A different message will appear for each key.
You might also try popping a disk in and out of DF0: while holding down the above key sequence. Early versions of
AmigaDOS 1.2 (the enhancer kit shipped for the A1000) contained a rather vicious dig at Commodore from the original
Amiga programmers that would appear when you ejected the disk. Later 1.2 releases with the A500 and A2000 were toned
down to compliments.
As with the Workbench 1.x secret messages, you'll need three hands to see these.
- First, click on the Workbench window with the left mouse button to activate it.
- Now, press and hold down the Ctrl key, both Alt keys, and both Shift keys.
- Use the mouse to select any of the Workbench menu items.
- Then release the keys and choose Last message from the Workbench menu. You'll see a secret message.
- Repeat this for every Workbench menu item - each has its own message.
Within 15 tries, a different About box should open. If this does not happen, you may have the Workbench.library
open too many times. To make this work, reboot without running the startup sequence, start Workbench (using the
LoadWB command), and try again.
- Boot your Amiga. If you have many Workbench tools (such as AppIcons) running, You may end up being past 16
already, so you may have to shut some of them down.
- Press and hold down the right mouse button.
- Press and hold down the Ctrl, left-Shift, left-Alt, right-Shift, and right-Alt keys.
- Select "About" from the Workbench menu.
- Move the About window aside (don't close it), click on the Workbench window again, and repeat from step 2.