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South Korean Developer Crafts Gravestone for Internet Explorer

Recently, technology behemoth Microsoft declared the official retirement of the Internet Explorer browser, shifting its focus entirely to the Edge browser. Internet Explorer stood out as one of the most significant and extensively used browsers in the entire history of the internet. Despite losing its dominance to browsers like Firefox and Chrome, it still maintained substantial usage, particularly outside of the United States. This prompted a South Korean engineer to commemorate this browser, albeit in a somewhat unconventional manner.

Jung Ki-young, a software engineer from South Korea, invested 430,000 won (around $330 USD) to create a ceremonial tombstone honoring Internet Explorer, which was placed on the rooftop of his brother’s cafe in Gyeongju. The tombstone bears the browser’s iconic logo, its active years, and an English epitaph that reads: “He served as a useful tool for downloading other browsers.”

For Jung, Internet Explorer was a familiar presence in his professional life, yet also a continual source of frustration, hence the dual nature of the commemoration with a sly dig at the browser. As Internet Explorer remained the default browser in South Korea for an extended period compared to the West, Jung frequently encountered clients requesting him to develop pages and applications compatible with it, a meticulous process due to the browser’s lack of optimization.

“It was a major headache, but one could say it was a love-hate affair because Internet Explorer once reigned supreme,” Jung shared with Reuters.

When Jung shared an image of the tombstone online, it quickly went viral, resonating with many who shared similar sentiments of nostalgic memories entwined with enduring exasperation.

“This gives me another reason to appreciate Explorer; now, it has led me to craft a top-notch jest,” Jung remarked. “I’m saddened by its departure, but I won’t pine for it. Hence, its retirement, in my opinion, marks a dignified end.”

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