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."

#62 Re:IE5 Easter Egg Takes Jab at Mozilla

by Ankur Kohli

Friday April 9th, 1999 5:02 PM

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What's the big deal? Does anyone remember when some Microsoft employees put the Explorer logo on Netscape property as a prank? Now, that was a 'jab.'

As for the IE vs Netscape battle, it's OVER. Jamie Zawinski, one of the original hackers at Netscape quit in disgust recently, stating also that Netscape 5.0 was way, way behind schedule.

I've used Explorer 5.0. It loads pages a lot faster than Netscape, and ultimately (with my puny connection speeds), that's what matters to me.

p.s. Microsoft haters have apparently never bought Microsoft stock. Too bad...