AFP, published on Friday, June 17, 2022 at 10:36 am
Internet Explorer may have hurt his daily life, but a South Korean computer engineer nonetheless decided to build a tombstone, whose photos have gone viral, in memory of the giant’s emblematic web browser American Microsoft.
Unlike many other countries, South Korea, which has one of the world’s fastest Internet networks in general, remains strangely tied to Internet Explorer, which officially said goodbye to Microsoft on Wednesday after 27 years of service.
In honor of the navigator’s “death,” engineer Kiyoung Jung, 38, placed a tombstone on the roof of a cafe in the southern city of Gyeongju, South Korea.
In the dark-colored style can be seen the famous letter “e”, which has long been enthroned on the screens of hundreds of millions of computers, accompanied by an epitaph: “This is a great tool for downloading other browsers “.
On the internet, images of this monument quickly spread, where users of the social media site Reddit have, for example, approved it thousands of times.
– Conformity issues –
After its launch in August 1995, Explorer quickly replaced the first major browser in Internet history, Netscape, to the point that it weighed in more than 90% of the sector in the early 2000s. Users, blaming it on its slow and recurring problems.
Except that in South Korea, it was made mandatory for the use of banking services and online purchases until 2014, because all of these online activities require sites to use ActiveX – an extension made by Microsoft.
And to date, it remains the default browser for many Korean government sites, according to the local press.
As a software engineer and web developer, Kiyoung Jung “suffers” constantly at work due to Internet Explorer compatibility issues, he told AFP.
“In South Korea, he explains, if you’re working on web development, you always expect it to work better in Internet Explorer, than Chrome”, the American browser giant Google now monopolizes three quarter of the world’s browser market, according to special site Kinsta.
However, sites that work properly in other browsers, such as Safari or Chrome, can show a lot of Explorer problems, Mr. continued. Jung, who was forced into many hours of extra work to ensure fit.
– Nostalgia and emotions –
Microsoft announced in 2021 the end of Explorer, which knows eleven consecutive versions, then gave in the middle of last year the date of June 15, 2022.
In practice, it is still possible to use Explorer, but Microsoft will no longer make any updates or changes to the browser, which was launched in August 1995.
On the one hand, Mr. Jung says he’s “delighted” with Microsoft’s announced browser shutdown. But on the other hand, he also admits to feeling nostalgia and emotion at the idea of losing the Explorer, where he experienced its apogee.
Hence his idea to build a tombstone for the deceased navigator.
“People are always relieved that machines don’t have souls, but we as humans actually give them our hearts,” the engineer told AFP, quoting Japanese animator Hayao Miyazaki.
Mr. said. Jung said he was now happy with the enthusiasm aroused by his fake tombstone and confirmed that he and his brother – the cafe’s owner – plan to leave it on the roof of the building forever.
“It’s so much fun to make other people laugh,” he explains.