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."

#18 Re:IE5 Easter Egg Takes Jab at Mozilla

by Kovu <>

Wednesday March 24th, 1999 10:51 PM

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I think it's actually kind of funny that they "stomp" Mozilla when, and I heard this somewhere on this site I think, IE's help page somewhere actually credits Mozilla as their source code for IE. I sent that to DOJ just on the spur of the moment, but you're right it really doesn't prove anything except programmers with attitude :)

I shouldn't say I hate Microsoft. They've been good for Seattle as an industry, and I love Seattle. They have some great programmers. However, I do not like the swine running the show, or the loss of competition (though the ironic thing is with AOL buying NS, competition may well have been given a swift kick in the ass). It was fun to watch them squirm on the stand (or in Gates' case, in his deposition.

As for Easter Eggs being configurable, that would defeat the whole purpose. They are meant to be found accidentally. Were there any in Netscape we are aware of?