Why’s there a little person in my button?

I was walking around the new VMware Promontory campus today and found this button.

Little Person in a Button

I’m tempted to press it, but I’m not sure what it will do. Send little stick figures to attack me? Stick me in a little house?

Any ideas?

Update: My apologies to anyone who couldn’t comment. My cache plugin cached the captcha. Oops. That’s been disabled now, so try again.

18 thoughts on “Why’s there a little person in my button?

  1. Jay

    Perhaps it’s to tell the system that there are people inside and so it should run the AC/heat during off-hours? Is this one in your office or somewhere else? (mine is just blank in my office)

  2. Sandy

    Looks like VMWare has taken LeafTag to a whole new level… Awesome or frightening: you decide!

    Incidentally, how is “banana” any more “food” than “human”? In fact, “newspaper” and “lamp” are eaten by *something* eventually. Still, I’m going with “banana”.

    And now I’m wondering if anyone else got the same captcha question as I did…

  3. ChipX86

    Jay: This is right outside the kitchen rooms.

    Sandy: You bring up an excellent point. I guess I should say “food in the traditional sense meant for human consumption.” Or is that still too vague?

  4. ChipX86

    I pressed the button.

    An LED below it glowed menacingly for what felt like an eternity, but was really about 2 seconds.

    It was as if it said, “Do not disturb my slumber. Go away.”

    I figure it was a warning.

  5. Vlad

    perhaps it shows a little video of whoever is outside the door? The little guy is the person you see through the key hole?

    very strange. lets call in the usability experts on this one. Oh wait.. this isn’t a Free Software project..

    …too bad

  6. fabrix

    This button is there to be pressed by curious people. Every time you press, the led blink to say “here another one”. And update a “curious” counter.
    There’s a “curious” log somewere in a big-and-secret server, in the hands of some evil big company ready to rule over the world… really!

  7. max

    “the xkcd button”
    I like this one: it turns you, your family and your dog into sarcastic geeky stick peoples. your cat becomes a lolcat.

  8. Scott Perry

    I agree with the humans not food comment.

    And the xkcd command.

    And carmen!

    Lets make some little piece of hardware to push the button every rand() % 3600 seconds.

  9. Michael C.

    It’s a stick figure in a little tiny space capsule. What that obviously means is that pressing the button shoots someone into space. The light you saw was the launch notification. I wonder who you shot into space. Maybe it was someone you know? A complete stranger? Maybe the next time, IT WILL BE YOU!


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