Korean programmer took Internet Explorer with him on his latest
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Korean programmer took Internet Explorer with him on his latest trip

Microsoft’s decision to end support for Internet Explorer marked the end of a love-hate relationship between South Korean software engineer Jung Ki-young. To commemorate this event, he spent a month of his life and 430,000 won (US$330) sketching and crafting a tombstone for the browser: the classic “e” logo and the English-language inscription “It was a good tool for downloading other browsers” were set in stone.

    Image source: reuters.com

Image source: reuters.com

Last Wednesday, Microsoft finally ended support for the once almost undisputed browser Internet Explorer – it worked for 27 years and gave way to its Chromium-based successor Microsoft Edge.

In honor of the cult program, the programmer installed a tombstone in his brother’s cafe in the southern city of Gyeongju, and the photo of the object quickly went viral. Mr. Jung said the art reflects his mixed feelings about the browser, which has played a significant role in his working life. “It was a headache, although I would call it a love-hate relationship, because the Explorer once dominated the era,” he told Reuters reporters about his initiative.

The programmer found that checking the compatibility of websites and web applications with Internet Explorer always took more time than with other browsers. However, customers insisted as it remained the default browser in government offices and banks in South Korea.

Internet Explorer, released in 1995, was the world’s leading browser for more than a decade – it came bundled with the Windows operating system. But in the late 2000s, he slowly lost Google Chrome and eventually became the hero of memes mocking the old browser’s sluggishness. Jung said he just wanted to make people laugh with this comic tombstone and didn’t expect the joke to spread so widely across the internet.

“That’s one more reason I have to thank Explorer for allowing me to banter on a world level. I regret that he is no more, but I will not miss him, ”concluded the programmer.

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