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  • [Mac Tips] Show the Nyan Cat in Terminal

    Small things amuse small minds.

    Terminal is a powerful tool. But it can be used for fun things too! You can watch Star Wars in Terminal, and now you can open the Nyan Cat on Terminal. The possibilities are endless! To show the Nyan Cat in your Terminal window, you will need to enter a command. There are two different commands for two separate systems:

    BSD
    PHP Code:
    nc -v miku.acm.uiuc.edu 23 
    GNU
    PHP Code:
    nc -T miku.acm.uiuc.edu 23 
    So launch a Terminal window (open up Spotlight, type Terminal, then hit Return) and copy and paste one of the above commands into Terminal and hit Return. You may get a popup saying that something wants to connect to your computer, just click allow. The popup should only come up if you have the LittleSnitch outgoing firewall for Mac installed because it appears to be an outgoing firewall connection warning.

    Nyan Cat works for all of the following Terminals:
    • xterm
    • Gnome Terminal
    • Konsole
    • PuTTY
    • Linux framebuffers (software, run as is; hardware terminals use TERM=fallback telnet miku.acm.uiuc.edu)
    • iSSH
    • ConnectBot
    • urxvt
    • rxvt
    • Terminal.app on 10.7 (10.6 and before, run TERM=ansi telnet miku.acm.uiuc.edu)
    • cygwin
    • Windows Terminal: (Command Prompt) Run as telnet -t vtnt miku.acm.uiuc.edu
    • VT220 with TERM=vt220 telnet miku.acm.uiuc.edu
    • Shell in a Box (web terminal) with TERM=linux telnet miku.acm.uiuc.edu


    When the mail server is down, you can check out the mirrors which are basically backup servers:
    • telnet thefinn93.com
    • telnet nyan.howes.net.nz
    • telnet baud.org.uk
    • telnet ebal.ee 666


    This kind of stuff is basically great for pranks and making people laugh. You will definitely get some weird looks if you start doing this on computers in a public area. How funny would it be if you set all of your school's computers to show the Nyan Cat? Unfortunately, there is no sound. Only animations. But nonetheless, it's funny.

    Will you be trying this out on your computer or iDevice? Share in the comments below!

    Sources: Nyancat Telnet Server
    This article was originally published in forum thread: [Mac Tips] Show the Nyan Cat in Terminal started by Anthony Bouchard View original post
    Comments 11 Comments
    1. klange's Avatar
      klange -
      Hi there! Thanks for the post, I'm the author of the software behind this. The idea came about while some colleagues and I were messing with caca. It started as a simple ANSI Nyancat tool that I wrote for my toy operating system, and a friend said "you should make a telnet server for that". It took about a day to get everything up and running, and here we are.
    1. blondelefty's Avatar
      blondelefty -
      Quote Originally Posted by Anthony Bouchard View Post
      Small things amuse small minds.
      Guess this represents you otherwise you wouldn't have made a post about it.
    1. iPod's Avatar
      iPod -
      How do you enable telnet on windows?
    1. Anthony Bouchard's Avatar
      Anthony Bouchard -
      Quote Originally Posted by blondelefty View Post
      Guess this represents you otherwise you wouldn't have made a post about it.
      Nah. I posted this because I knew you'd read about it
    1. BenderRodriguez's Avatar
      BenderRodriguez -
      Quote Originally Posted by blondelefty View Post
      Guess this represents you otherwise you wouldn't have made a post about it.
      OUCH
      Its interesting I like the starwars one myself
    1. iPod's Avatar
      iPod -
      Whenever I try this on windows 7, I get unknown command. Any ideas?
    1. iBadger's Avatar
      iBadger -
      To enable Telnet in Windows 7: Open up "My Computer"Click on "Uninstall or change a program"Click on "Turn Windows Features on or off"Click the checkbox next to Telnet Client Boom Done


      I wanted to see the starwars one. I found a link on another site.

      Type this!

      telnet towel.blinkenlights.nl
    1. iPod's Avatar
      iPod -
      Quote Originally Posted by iBadger View Post
      To enable Telnet in Windows 7: Open up "My Computer"Click on "Uninstall or change a program"Click on "Turn Windows Features on or off"Click the checkbox next to Telnet Client Boom Done
      Yeah i've done that, but when i run the commands, it says it is an invalid command
    1. BenderRodriguez's Avatar
      BenderRodriguez -
      Quote Originally Posted by ipodtouchman77 View Post
      Whenever I try this on windows 7, I get unknown command. Any ideas?
      The -T needs to be a -t
      Not capitalized
    1. blondelefty's Avatar
      blondelefty -
      Quote Originally Posted by Anthony Bouchard View Post
      Nah. I posted this because I knew you'd read about it
      You're funny I only had to read the first sentence and look at the picture before realizing how sad some of your posts have been reduced to. And don't be silly! I would never read something so childish! But that's just me… if you like watching cartoon cats with square bodies in front of a terminal window, hey, that's your thing.
    1. BenderRodriguez's Avatar
      BenderRodriguez -
      Quote Originally Posted by blondelefty View Post
      You're funny I only had to read the first sentence and look at the picture before realizing how sad some of your posts have been reduced to. And don't be silly! I would never read something so childish! But that's just me… if you like watching cartoon cats with square bodies in front of a terminal window, hey, that's your thing.
      So first u say it's childish but then u describe it like u tried it lol