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R.I.P.: Open Casket Funeral for Internet Explorer 6

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"I don't want to achieve immortality through my work... I want to achieve it through not dying."

Internet Explorer 6 is old, out of date and tantalizingly close to extinction. One design firm decided to speed things up and has announced the browser's death, along with plans for a funeral set to take place this evening.

With the launch of ie6funeral.com, Aten Design has announced the death of Internet Explorer 6. The group will hold a funeral for the browser this evening in Denver. With hundred of pages of 'Remembrances' for IE6 left on the website, Aten has changed the venue to accommodate the number of RSVPs it has received.

"In the days ahead, we’ll be working to address the overwhelming response to the funeral invitation. What we know so far is there will definitely be a casket, a body, and from all appearances, mourners a-plenty," said Justin from Aten.

If you're interested in attending the funeral, it takes place at Forest Room 5, 2532 15th Street, Denver, CO 80211-3902. Things kick off at 7 p.m. The Aten team urge those who can't make it to send flowers and with prizes for the best dressed (as well the best remembrance), funeral attire is encouraged.

Check out the website and leave your own comment of remembrance.

You'll be hard pressed to come up with one better than this though. Programmer Luke Puplett posted this rendition of W.H. Auden's Funeral Blues:

Stop all the clocks, cut off the broadband,
Prevent messages from passing over the corporate LAN,
Silence the CPU fans and with muffled hum
Bring out the coffin, let the mourners come.

Let Aero screens with memory overhead
Pump a new window message It Is Dead,
Put crepe bows round the white leads of the Apple Macs,
Let the Chinese firewall policemen wear black cotton gloves.

It was my North, my South, my East and West,
My working week and my Sunday rest,
My noon, my midnight, my talk, my song;
I thought those bugs would last for ever: I was wrong.

The links are not wanted now: put out every one;
Backup your favourites and dismantle the fun;
Store away the cookies and prepare for the next.
For designers now can code without getting vexed.

-- W.H. Puplett

(Reprinted with permission)

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    JasonAkkerman , March 4, 2010 5:38 PM
    IdiotHater666Of all the ridiculous ideas that freely float around the Internet, this has to be one of the most egregious and misguided ideas ever. Having recently lost a member of my family, the funeral and viewing traditions are essential to helping grieving people attempt to cope. I'm as sacrilegious as the next guy, but having a funeral for a browser that people can still choose to use (albeit as clearly outdate) isn't even remotely funny or necessary. Further proof of how shallow and idiotic most people are.


    Who peed on your cupcake and called it frosting?
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    redplanet_returns , March 4, 2010 5:18 PM
    should we install a cellphone in its casket too?
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    redplanet_returns , March 4, 2010 5:18 PM
    should we install a cellphone in its casket too?
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    babybeluga , March 4, 2010 5:18 PM
    That browser looks like a pedophile.
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    zoemayne , March 4, 2010 5:21 PM
    RIP homie!
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    mianmian , March 4, 2010 5:27 PM
    They should 6 laptops, with IE6 installed.
    They can get rid of IE6 right at the funeral and say good bye to it.
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    dman3k , March 4, 2010 5:30 PM
    Parting gift for IE6: Flash
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    captaincharisma , March 4, 2010 5:32 PM
    so does this mean Microsoft will finally support later versions of IE on windows 2000? which is still the OS most businesses still use.
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    JasonAkkerman , March 4, 2010 5:38 PM
    IdiotHater666Of all the ridiculous ideas that freely float around the Internet, this has to be one of the most egregious and misguided ideas ever. Having recently lost a member of my family, the funeral and viewing traditions are essential to helping grieving people attempt to cope. I'm as sacrilegious as the next guy, but having a funeral for a browser that people can still choose to use (albeit as clearly outdate) isn't even remotely funny or necessary. Further proof of how shallow and idiotic most people are.


    Who peed on your cupcake and called it frosting?
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    nforce4max , March 4, 2010 5:39 PM
    I'll pay for fresh concrete instead of a reef. :) 

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    Gin Fushicho , March 4, 2010 5:41 PM
    That's just creepy. And overzealous.
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    warmon6 , March 4, 2010 6:01 PM
    redplanet_returnsshould we install a cellphone in its casket too?


    no, no. Not cellphones, but laptops running IE6! :lol: 
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    aneasytarget , March 4, 2010 6:18 PM
    21 laptop salute, all playing the win95 shutdown jingle!!!
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    ravewulf , March 4, 2010 6:37 PM
    captaincharismaso does this mean Microsoft will finally support later versions of IE on windows 2000? which is still the OS most businesses still use.

    Windows 2000 is older than IE6. Extended support ends July 13, 2010. It is next to die. Move on.
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    zoemayne , March 4, 2010 6:47 PM
    If a business is running win 2000 its makes sense to add firefox for free since they wont change OS's for whatever reason.
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    marsax73 , March 4, 2010 6:59 PM
    zoemayneIf a business is running win 2000 its makes sense to add firefox for free since they wont change OS's for whatever reason.


    That is 10 years old! Time to move on. I mean at least move up to XP. I know that's not too much younger but it is way more stable than Win 2K.
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    sliem , March 4, 2010 7:08 PM
    IE6 will spawn zombies from the netherworld if buried. Warning has been given.
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    Anonymous , March 4, 2010 7:09 PM
    I use firefox, I don't care what happens to IE. I'd only attend an IE funeral if it was the end of IE period.
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    captaincharisma , March 4, 2010 7:16 PM
    marsax73That is 10 years old! Time to move on. I mean at least move up to XP. I know that's not too much younger but it is way more stable than Win 2K.


    umm newsflash windows XP is nothing but windows 2000 with a better GUI and it took 2 service packs for XP to get as stable as windows 2000.
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    captaincharisma , March 4, 2010 7:24 PM
    marsax73That is 10 years old! Time to move on. I mean at least move up to XP. I know that's not too much younger but it is way more stable than Win 2K.


    well its a good thing you don't run a business. it would be bankrupt in a week. there's too much involed when you change operating systems for an entire business. true it has to be done but for some businesses it can take years if ever for them to get the money to do a big change like that
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    victomofreality , March 4, 2010 7:31 PM
    Over due...
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