Rest In Peace Internet Explorer: South Korean Engineer Builds Explorer’s Tombstone With ‘Sick Burn’ Inscription


After almost 27 years of pioneering the Internet, Microsoft Online Explorer has bid a tearful farewell to the early Internet users who got used to the browser.

Microsoft now recommends its users to use Microsoft Edge for a faster and safer online experience, even though Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Opera and other browsers have long dominated the Internet.

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“Sick burn”

However, all that is lost will not be forgotten. For South Korean engineer Jung Ki-young, Internet Explorer will forever be commemorated in a tombstone, but with a witty and “burning” epitaph.

As first reported by ReutersJung spent about $300 on Explorer’s tombstone, with the inscription on the tombstone that says, “it was a good tool for downloading other browsers.”

Over the years, people have mostly used Explorer to download newer and faster browsers such as Chrome or Firefox. People thought that Explorer was the only way to install other browsers on their computers because it was a built-in application on every Windows device.

The tombstone was displayed at a cafe run by Jung’s brother located in the southern city of Gyeongju, South Korea. The tombstone instantly went viral on the internet after it was built.

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“Gone, But I Won’t Miss It”

Jung told Reuters he built the tombstone to make people laugh at the navigator’s unfortunate demise. However, he was surprised by how quickly the photo went viral online.

He even said, “I’m sorry it’s gone, but I won’t miss it,” adding that retirement was a “wonderful death” for him.

The tribute, Jung said, reflected his conflicting feelings about the old software, which had played such a big part in his professional life.

He claimed that testing his websites and online apps on Explorer takes longer than testing them on other browsers. Therefore, it will not miss the absence of the browser.

His clients, on the other hand, kept asking him to test their websites in Explorer, which happens to be the South Korean government’s default browser for their departments, banks and other offices for many years.

The iconic internet browser was first released in 1995 and came bundled with Microsoft’s Windows operating system, an application built into billions of PCs. Explorer has become the most dominant browser in the world for more than ten years.

But unfortunately, Explorer faltered after the creation of Google Chrome in the late 2000s. The latter dominated the Internet domain and, as noted by Reuters, became the butt of many jokes on the Internet, especially on Explorer’s slow performance compared to its competitors.

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