Twenty-five years after the release of Windows 95, a hacker has found a previously undiscovered Easter Egg in the Windows 95 Internet Mail app.
Discovered by Albacore, a Windows hacker and developer, Easter Egg opens a window that plays a list of developers’ names in a floating video. “I noticed something in the internet post of Windows 95/IE4 that looks like an Easter Egg never seen before. To do this, you need to open the about window, select one of the files, and type MORTIMER.”
After the MORTIMER command is typed, a small window appears that begins listing the names of Internet Mail developers. Albacore also underlined that it patched shell32.dll file to make it easier to launch easter egg, so that the folder named Clouds can be opened and started, as shown in the video. The MIDI music playing in the video will bring a sense of nostalgia, especially to those who play video games in times of Windows 95. Albacore also shared videos of the Windows NT 4.0 team’s Easter Eggs in beta versions of NT 4.
The concept of Easter Egg, which is used for various features hidden in computer programs or games, usually consists of entertaining content that programmers make to introduce themselves. Sometimes it’s considered the programmer’s signature. While this is not unusual, it is always fun as it provides a glimpse into the development process.
We’ve seen Easter Eggs stored on Windows 95 before. Hover, for example! the video game was released with Windows 95 and was available as executable on all subsequently released operating systems.