South Korean man pays $330 for headstone marking the death of Internet Explorer

midian182

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WTF?! Microsoft ended support for Internet Explorer last week, calling time on the browser after an amazing 27 years. It's led to many memes populating the internet, and one person was so sad/relieved by the death of IE that they paid over $300 for a headstone marking its demise.

To commemorate the end of Internet Explorer on June 15, South Korean software engineer Jung Ki-young paid 430,000 won ($330) designing and ordering a headstone bearing the famous 'e' logo, the dates it existed, and the fitting epitaph "He was a good tool to download other browsers." The phrase will likely be familiar to fans of Rick and Morty memes.

Jung told Reuters that he had mixed feelings toward the browser that played such a big part in his working life. "It was a pain in the ass, but I would call it a love-hate relationship because Explorer itself once dominated an era," he said.

Jung explained that it took him longer to ensure his websites and apps were compatible with Explorer than with other browsers. But customers kept asking him if their sites looked good on Microsoft's software, which was used extensively among South Korean businesses for years.

The headstone went on display on the rooftop of a café run by Jung's brother in the southern city of Gyeongju.

Not only is Internet Explorer no longer supported on certain versions of Windows 10, but Microsoft will also push out an update that removes it from Win 10 devices altogether, redirecting users to Edge if they try to access the app. That's bad news for the near 50% of businesses that still use the browser.

IE will live on through Internet Explorer mode in Microsoft Edge until 2029, or January 2023 if you're still on Windows 8.1 or Windows 7's Extended Security Updates.

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Carlos GarPov

Posts: 128   +85
I would had still been using IE if it did not crash so often.

In a 6-month period of tracking Safari, IE and Chrome. Safari crashed 15 times, IE crashed 51 times and Chrome 2.

Still using chrome, but I do not like its massive hunger for ram, unnecessarily!
 

p51d007

Posts: 3,306   +2,905
As hilarious as this is (and it IS absolutely hilarious!), I want to know where he managed to get a headstone like that for only $330! Those things usually cost thousands!

Yeah, in the USA...that or they screwed up and put the Korean price as U.S. dollars
 

defaultluser

Posts: 477   +366
Its been dead so me since I installed Firebird back in 2003.

What is this Safari you speak of? It was the world's least-used browser until a lock-in on the iOS system suddenly gave it relevance. Its still pretty terrible compared to chrome
 

terzaerian

Posts: 1,488   +2,199
As hilarious as this is (and it IS absolutely hilarious!), I want to know where he managed to get a headstone like that for only $330! Those things usually cost thousands!
Judging from the packing peanuts in the photo, it looks like a fairly small headstone. Still seems like a good deal tho
 

BigRedPDX

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I've moved the office to another browser. We occasionally run into websites that require IE, but Edge has a compatibility mode that works fairly well. There's a switch to turn IE on or off and I've disabled it across the board.