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."

#117 Re:IE5 Easter Egg Takes Jab at Mozilla

by Tim Hammerquist <>

Monday April 26th, 1999 2:01 AM

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Tell a moziller to type "about:mozilla" in the location bar, and it's the coolest thing since sliced cheese. Show IE5 crushing Mozilla and it's a big conspiracy. C'mon! It's their browser; whichever's the best will rise to the top, regardless of any animation. As far as what works, I suggest Dan Ellis's submission above; Netscape's compatibility problems and recent tendency to crash makes it that much LESS attractive to developers like myself. Once again, it's not a conspiracy, it's business. If you wanna stand on your dead dinosaur and scream "Microsoft killed us!", go ahead. But the truth is, Netscape and Mozilla can't sit on the collective butts and wait for the industry to shun Microsoft. It won't work. Stop whining and build a better browser. I'm still waiting...