Everybody loves playing April Fool’s jokes, and not surprisingly, this pastime has extended to the cloud. Here, in no particular order, are five of the most hilarious capers perpetrated on unsuspecting internet users by technology and entertainment companies.
Perhaps the most memorable prank in 2012 was perpetrated by Google, who styled their maps in an eight-bit format reminiscent of the graphics of the classic Nintendo Entertainment System.
Adblock, a company specializing in software that, naturally, removes irksome advertisements that inhibit web browsing, set up a new feature that replaces the ads with funny cat pictures.
Criterion, an entertainment company specializing in deluxe remastered DVD editions of memorable films like Le Mepris, The Long Good Friday, and The Last Temptation of Christ, announced that they would give the same treatment to Kindergarten Cop, a comedy thriller starring Arnold Schwarzenegger. The special release was set to feature audio commentary by none other than Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton. Naturally, many cinema snobs balked at such a notion, but naturally, the whole thing turned out to be a giant hoax.
Amazon even joined in the fun, announcing that it will personally deliver its Elastic Cloud Compute (EC2) units to internet users who live within 45° North or South of the Equator within fifteen minutes of an order being placed by dropping them from a satellite. The punchline? Even Amazon knows that internet signal has become so pervasive that nobody has any use for physical hosts anymore.
On April 1, Sony announced the debut of the Vaio Q, a portable computer that boasts eight gigabytes of RAM, full 1080p high definition display, a long-lasting lithium battery… that’s about the size of a quarter. Not a quarterhorse, not a quarter ounce of weed, not a quarter pounder from McDonald’s; a quarter. A twenty-five cent piece.