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."

#95 Re:IE5 Easter Egg Takes Jab at Mozilla

by Anon Amos

Thursday April 15th, 1999 6:19 AM

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This is a good thing. It means M$ still has some creative programmers (or the M$ equivalent.) Sure, it's a very arrogant thing to do. Belittling poor old Mozilla. BTW: What ever became of Mosaic? Didn't Mozilla (MOsaic-godZILLA) crush them like the proverbial grape? Sure they're still around, but not heard from too often. At one time, not too long ago in fact, Netscape (project name- Mozilla) was the beast. Creating new standards, and forcing them on the public. But when M$ did what they're known for, they were chastised for putting forth the same pride/ arrogance as the competition. M$ didn't create the web-browser, in fact they didn't even create a very usable one until after 4 major releases. But they copied a popular idea, and made it prettier. Just like every other M$ product. Popular_Product + Bells&Whistles = Popular_Product_w/Bells&Whistles. This forces competition, which is good, Netscape needed this boost. Yes, M$ is inherently evil, but even they realize competition is good. It is alright to have a lot of money, just not all of it.