Double Dead? South Korean Engineer Builds Tombstone for Internet Explorer With a ‘Sick Burn’ Inscription


After almost 27 years of pioneering the Internet, Microsoft’s Online Explorer has bid a tearful goodbye to early Internet users who have grown accustomed to the browser.

Microsoft is now recommending that its users utilize Microsoft Edge for a faster and safer online experience even though Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Opera, and other browsers have long been dominating the Internet.

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“Sick Burn”

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

As reported first by Reuters, Jung spent roughly $300 on Explorer’s tombstone, with the inscription on the headstone that reads, “he was a good tool to download other browsers.”

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

The tombstone was exhibited 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 that he built the tombstone to make people laugh about the browser’s unfortunate demise. However, he was taken aback by how fast the photo went viral online. 

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

The tribute, Jung said, reflected his conflicting sentiments about the older software, which had served such a significant role in his professional life.

He claimed that testing his websites and online apps on Explorer took longer than testing them on other browsers. Hence, he won’t be missing the browser’s absence.

His customers, 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 launched back in 1995 and was packaged with Microsoft’s Windows operating system, a built-in app in billions of PCS. Explorer became the world’s most dominant browser for more than ten years.

But unfortunately, Explorer lost steam after Google Chrome‘s inception in the late 2000s. The latter dominated the Internet realm, and as noted by Reuters, it became the target of numerous internet jokes, particularly poking at Explorer’s slow performance in contrast to its competitors.

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