Gort! Klaatu barada nikto!

The Day the Earth Stood Still premiered last week, so it seems like a good time to give a look to the robotic aspect of Firefox.

For starters, in Firefox 3, enter about:robots in the location bar and press Enter. Here’s what you’ll see:


The page contents are some other famous robot related quotes:

  • The page title, “Gort! Glaatu barada nikto!”, is a  quote from The day the earth stood still.
  • “Robots may not injure a human being or, through inaction, allow a human being to come to harm.”, is the first law of robotics, according to Isaac Asimov, the late science fiction author.
  • “Robots have seen things you people wouldn’t believe”, is an adapted quote of Roy Batty, in Blade Runner.
  • “Robots are your plastic pals it’s fun to be with”, from  Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy.
  • “Robots have shiny metal posteriors that shouldn’t be bitten.”, a quote from Bender (Futurama)

There’s also a button and a warning which is left to you to find out about.

Firefox 3 development presented a brief epic story involving the robot and Gran Paradiso, an imaginary city named after Firefox 3 code name. The story unfolded in Beta 2, 3, 4 and 5s first run pages.

Finally, Mozilla has released several posters featuring the robot: The original robot poster for Firefox 3.0 release, available at the Mozilla Store. Then came the Mozilla Summit poster, and the I Survived the Summit sticker followup. More recently, the robot went to Barcelona for MozCamp 2008 and another poster.

postert summitt survivet mozcampt

Firefox 3.1 development also features a giant robot so it seems we’ll have plenty of robots for the foreseeing future.

2 thoughts on “Gort! Klaatu barada nikto!”

    1. If you click on the link, right click on the page and press “view background image”, then you’ll get just the robot pic, right click then save as.

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