RIP Internet Explorer: South Korean engineer’s browser ‘grave’ goes viral


A South Korean engineer who constructed a grave for Internet Explorer — images of which shortly went viral — instructed AFP Friday that the now-defunct net browser had made his life a distress.

South Korea, which has a number of the world’s quickest common web speeds, remained bizarrely wedded to Microsoft’s Internet Explorer, which was retired by the company earlier this week after 27 years.

In honour of the browser’s “loss of life”, a headstone marked with its signature “e” brand was arrange on the rooftop of a restaurant in South Korea’s southern metropolis of Gyeongju by engineer Kiyoung Jung, 38.

“He was a great device to make use of to obtain different browsers,” the headstone’s inscription reads.

Images of Jung’s joke tombstone shortly unfold on-line, with customers of social media website Reddit upvoting it tens of 1000’s of instances.

Once dominant globally, Internet Explorer was broadly reviled lately as a result of its slowness and glitches.

But in South Korea, it was necessary for on-line banking and buying till about 2014, as all such on-line actions required websites to make use of ActiveX — a plugin created by Microsoft.

It remained the default browser for a lot of Seoul government websites till very just lately, native experiences mentioned.

The web sites of the Korea Water Resources Corporation and the Korea Expressway Corporation solely functioned correctly in IE till no less than June 10, in accordance with a report by the Maeil Economic Daily.

‘Suffering’ for IE

As a software program engineer and net developer, Jung instructed AFP he always “suffered” at work due to compatibility points involving the now-defunct browser.

“In South Korea, when you’re doing net improvement work, the expectation was all the time that it ought to look good in Internet Explorer, reasonably than Chrome,” he mentioned.

Websites that look good in different browsers, corresponding to Safari or Chrome, can look very unsuitable in IE, which regularly compelled him to spend many further hours working to make sure compatibility.

Jung mentioned that he was “overjoyed” by IE’s retirement.

But he additionally mentioned he felt genuinely nostalgic and emotional concerning the browser’s demise, as he remembers its heyday — one of many causes he was impressed to erect the grave stone.

He quoted Japanese animator Hayao Miyazaki: “People are sometimes relieved that machines don’t have souls, however we as human beings truly give our hearts to them,” Jung instructed AFP, explaining his emotions for IE.

He mentioned he was happy by the response to his joke grave and that he and his brother — who owns the cafe — plan to depart the monument on the rooftop in Gyeongju indefinitely.

“It’s been very thrilling to make others giggle,” he mentioned.



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