To demonstrate an act of historical resolution and memorialize the departure of the internet explorer, Jung Ki-young, who is a software engineer by profession, spent 430,000 won ($330) to design the gravestone of the Internet Explorer. The logo of internet explorer “e” has been beautifully engraved on the stone with the inscription, “He was a good tool to download other browsers.” It is, no doubt, an unusual thing to mourn the demise of technology in a humanoid manner. Jung stated that the purpose behind doing such an act is to give people a little laugh, but little did he know the picture would go viral.
The memorial went viral after being featured on a show at a café in the southern city of Gyeongju. The café is owned by his brother, and this picture of the tombstone from the show quickly became a hot topic. The decision to take down Internet Explorer was taken by Microsoft after utilizing its services for 27 years, but now the ball is in the court of Microsoft edge.
Although the journey of the internet explorer took 27 years to come to an end after its launch in 1995, soon it was being overpowered by its rivals, and Google Chrome was on top. The competitors started targeting it because of its stagnant services and started making memes about it. But for South Korean people, Internet Explorer has remained their default browser for many years, especially in government offices and banks.
Jung said that there was a time when his customers urged him to make their “websites look good in explorer”. He said, “It was a pain in the ass, but I would call it a love-hate relationship because Explorer itself once dominated an era.” Jung stated that he has mixed feelings about the retirement of Internet Explorer because it played a very important part in his professional life.
That’s another reason for me to thank the Explorer; it has now allowed me to make a world-class joke. I regret that it’s gone, but won’t miss it. So, its retirement, to me, is a good death.” And that’s how this South Korean software engineer bids farewell to Internet Explorer.