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."

#58 Re:IE5 Easter Egg Takes Jab at Mozilla

by BrowserAgnostic

Friday April 9th, 1999 3:32 AM

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To those who are having stability problems with IE5: I wonder how many of you ran the beta first. I would not be too surprised if a lot of your problems were caused by traces of the beta install left lurking around... I've been running IE5 since the day it came out, on a generic Celeron-400 machine running Win98 installed clean, with all of MS's patches as of IE5 installed before installing IE5. Have had perhaps two IE5 related crashes in the weeks since its release. It's definitely faster than IE4, and it launches faster than NS 5 (though it must be granted that this is probably due to the inclusion of most of its code in the desktop code-- less to launch).

If you ran the beta, try wiping all traces of it from your system before you install the real product. (I'm no expert on doing that; you may have to wipe your hard drive first...)