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."

#67 Re:IE5 Easter Egg Takes Jab at Mozilla

by Matt Wolf

Friday April 9th, 1999 9:32 PM

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IE5 violates a long standing rule that a new version should at least be back compatible.

What once worked in IE4 - Java applets, for example - will not work the same, or at all in IE5.

Which makes IE5 worthless as far as I'm concerned. I'm tired of Microsoft pulling this kind of crap, and making designers rewrite their code, or discard special effects.

I'm not going to bend to MicroSoft's arrogance. I'm trashing IE5 and will get rid of everything Microsoft this year.

Welcome Linux.

And with Netscape and AOL and others working together, Explorer's days are numbered.

Good Riddance.