To commemorate his passing, he spent a month and 430,000 won ($330) designing and commissioning a tombstone with Explorer’s “e” logo and the English epitaph: “He was a good tool for downloading d ‘other browsers’.
After the memorial was displayed at a cafe run by his brother in the southern city of Gyeongju, a photo of the headstone went viral.
Jung said the memorial showed his mixed feelings for the old software, which had played such a big role in his professional life.
“It was a pain in the ass, but I would call it a love-hate relationship because Explorer itself once ruled an era,” he said.
He said it took him longer to make sure his websites and online apps worked with Explorer than with other browsers.
But his clients kept asking him to make sure their websites displayed well in Explorer, which remained the default browser in South Korean government offices and many banks for years.
But it started losing out to Google’s Chrome in the late 2000s and became the subject of countless internet memes, with some developers suggesting it was slow compared to its rivals.
Jung said he wanted to make people laugh with the tombstone, but was still surprised how far the joke went online.
“That’s another reason for me to thank the Explorer, it’s now allowed me to pull off a world-class joke,” he said.
“I’m sorry he’s gone, but I won’t miss him. So his retirement, for me, is a good death.”