I was browsing through Wikipedia today when I came upon their Blue Screen Of Death article. It was a lot of fun to read but one thing that really struck me as interesting was this about:mozilla “Easter Egg” that they mention. The Book of Mozilla has been something that even the first version of Netscape has had in it. You can pull it up in Firefox/Netscape by typing in about:mozilla into the Address Bar and pressing Enter.
There are currently three different passages from The Book of Mozilla:
–December 10, 1994: Netscape Navigator 1.0 was released–
- This verse announces the birth of the beast (Netscape) and warns bad coders (up to Netscape 3, when you watched the HTML source code with the internal viewer, bad tags blinked).
And the beast shall come forth surrounded by a roiling cloud of vengeance. The house of the unbelievers shall be razed and they shall be scorched to the earth. Their tags shall blink until the end of days.
from The Book of Mozilla, 12:10
–March 31, 1998: the Netscape Navigator source code was released–
- The source code is made available to the legion of thousands of coders of the open source community, that will fight against the followers of Mammon (Microsoft Internet Explorer).
And the beast shall be made legion. Its numbers shall be increased a thousand thousand fold. The din of a million keyboards like unto a great storm shall cover the earth, and the followers of Mammon shall tremble.
from The Book of Mozilla, 3:31
(Red Letter Edition)
–July 15, 2003: AOL closed its Netscape division and the Mozilla foundation was created–
- The beast died (AOL closed its Netscape division) but immediately rose from its ashes (the creation of the Mozilla foundation and the Firebird browser, although the name was later changed to Firefox).
And so at last the beast fell and the unbelievers rejoiced. But all was not lost, for from the ash rose a great bird. The bird gazed down upon the unbelievers and cast fire and thunder upon them. For the beast had been reborn with its strength renewed, and the followers of Mammon cowered in horror.
from The Book of Mozilla, 7:15
Even Internet Explorer has a Blue Screen of Death (BSoD) Easter Egg in version 4 and above that apparently mocks Mozilla. If you have Windows XP SP2 installed you will have to type res://mshtml.dll/about.moz into the address bar otherwise you can just type about:mozilla. After entering that into an address bar you will receive a blank blue screen which is probably meant to relate Firefox to the BSoD. ;)