IE5 Easter Egg Takes Jab at Mozilla

Wednesday March 24th, 1999

MacGyver sent us in this interesting news.

He writes, "Here's something I thought fellow Mozillers would find interesting...Apparently, there are several easter eggs in IE5. One of them pulls up an 'About' box with the title 'Internet Explorer 5.0 rocks'. What's more interesting is the animation in the box. It shows a gozilla-like dinasour coming out of an easter egg only to be crushed by a giant Microsoft IE5 logo. Nice commentary from the good folk in Redmond, I should say. Despite the rivalry between the two major browsers, I can't ever recall a Netscape easter egg with such a blatant attack against Microsoft. To view the easter egg yourself, follow these instructions:

1. Open up IE5

2. From the menu, select Tools > Internet Options > General (tab) > Languages (button)

3. Press 'Add'

4. Type: "ie-ee" (without the quotes) and click 'OK'

5. Move "User Defined [ie-ee]" to the TOP of the list

6. Exit back to where you can browse in IE5 again

7. Click on the Search icon (to pull up the side search menu)

8. Click the 'Customize' button in the side search menu.

9. Watch the anti-Mozilla animation being distributed to millions of desktops."

#115 Re:IE5 Easter Egg Takes Jab at Mozilla

by Tim Hammerquist <>

Saturday April 24th, 1999 6:21 AM

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I'm a die-hard Mozilla fan, and I have the utmost respect for Netscape. However, in my line of business, it helps when the browser actually renders a page correctly, which Netscape has failed to do recently. Netscape 4.5 (AND 4.51) have crashed repeatedly and had to be reinstalled. On the other hand, MSIE5 is here, with functioning Java VM, ECMAScript DOM compliance, reliable CSS interpretation, AND faster page-rendering. I don't approve of Microsoft's business tactics, but meanwhile Netscape and Mozilla are slacking. As a result, MSIE5 is the best browser currently on the market. I'm really looking forward to NS5 and Gecko; I would really like for Netscape to make a comeback. If it means anything, NS Messenger is (still) the best mail client I've ever seen. Anyway, good luck, guys. I mean it. (Oh, and sorry about the AOL takeover.)