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Funeral Being Held Today For IE6

samzenpus posted more than 4 years ago | from the good-riddance dept.

Internet Explorer 194

An anonymous reader writes "More than 100 people, many of them dressed in black, are expected to gather around a coffin Thursday to say goodbye to an old friend. The deceased? Internet Explorer 6. The aging Web browser, survived by its descendants Internet Explorer 7 and Internet Explorer 8, is being eulogized at a tongue-in-cheek 'funeral' hosted by Aten Design Group, a design firm in Denver, Colorado."

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Guess who? (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31359254)

I...am...nigger...bot...watch...me...slouch.

Oh great, now IE6 computers are zombies (5, Funny)

davidwr (791652) | more than 4 years ago | (#31359272)

... and nothing changed ...

Re:Oh great, now IE6 computers are zombies (1)

Alien1024 (1742918) | more than 4 years ago | (#31359346)

Gives a new meaning to the concept of brain-eating zombies... these eat web developer brains.

Re:Oh great, now IE6 computers are zombies (1)

alexborges (313924) | more than 4 years ago | (#31359420)

It doesnt deserve a funeral. Fuck it, all I want is for that piece of SW to be forgotten forever.

Re:Oh great, now IE6 computers are zombies (5, Funny)

delinear (991444) | more than 4 years ago | (#31359632)

I dunno, it'd be kind of nice to go along and pay my respects. Preferably with a full bladder.

I will never upgrade my IE6. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31360646)

Not until I am given the option in IE8 to revert the GUI to match IE6's EXACTLY.

There is NOTHING I hate more than a forced interface change.

If anyone knows how I can do this without installing a 3rd party application let me know.

Otherwise IE6 will remain on my machine forever...

Don't forget Rule #4... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31359484)

...Doubleclick... Ooops, I mean Doubletap.

My company supports zombies! (2, Funny)

SterlingSylver (1122973) | more than 4 years ago | (#31359796)

Posting this from a computer running a browser that now wants my braaaaaaaaaaaaaaains

Re:My company supports zombies! (2, Interesting)

Drethon (1445051) | more than 4 years ago | (#31360020)

Not only do they probably support zombies but they are probably digging up more bodies and making new configurations (like my company). Could we please start developing for something newer than IE6? IE7 at least has tabs...

ALSO: Novell Netware support ends Sunday March 8th (2, Interesting)

mosel-saar-ruwer (732341) | more than 4 years ago | (#31360196)

Note to NetWare users: General Support is Coming to an End
2 March 2010 - 5:11pm
novell.com [novell.com]

This will come as no surprise, since they've been talking about it for awhile. On March 7, 2010, NetWare will end its phase of general support. Extended support will be available between March 8, 2010 and March 7, 2012. For three years after that, until March 7, 2015, customers may utilize Novell's self-support resources...

.

Re:Oh great, now IE6 computers are zombies (1)

Nidi62 (1525137) | more than 4 years ago | (#31360308)

But now we can Office Space them with shotguns instead of just bats!

Re:Oh great, now IE6 computers are zombies (1)

Opportunist (166417) | more than 4 years ago | (#31360422)

What do you mean by "now"? IE6 has enough security holes that there's already a quite sizable chance that a computer using it has been a zombie for a long, long time.

Just remember... (4, Insightful)

Rufty (37223) | more than 4 years ago | (#31359286)

Decapitate, stake through the heart, and bury underneath a crossroads, just to make sure it won't come back.

Re:Just remember... (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31359320)

In every generation there is a chosen one. She alone will stand against the vampires the demons and the forces of darkness. She is the slayer.

Re:Just remember... (0, Troll)

shadowkiller137 (1169097) | more than 4 years ago | (#31359660)

In this case it's more like: In every generation there is a chosen one. She alone will stand against the trolls, the memes and the forces of Microsoft. She is root.

Re:Just remember... (2, Funny)

ae1294 (1547521) | more than 4 years ago | (#31359866)

and she is really a he but she'll never admit to that....

Re:Just remember... (0, Flamebait)

pcolaman (1208838) | more than 4 years ago | (#31360044)

And she is the main character in a shitty show

Re:Just remember... (0)

zonker (1158) | more than 4 years ago | (#31359704)

You forgot to burn the bones.

Re:Just remember... (1)

Tim C (15259) | more than 4 years ago | (#31359792)

That sounds like an awful lot of effort... Kill it with fire!

Re:Just remember... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31359930)

Nuke it from orbit....It's the only way to be sure.

Re:Just remember... (1)

c++0xFF (1758032) | more than 4 years ago | (#31359940)

I thought IE6 was already deprecated?

Oh, right. Decapitated! Sorry about that.

Re:Just remember... (2, Funny)

wizardforce (1005805) | more than 4 years ago | (#31359964)

Nuke it from orbit just to be sure.

Re:Just remember... (1)

jluzwick (1465485) | more than 4 years ago | (#31360036)

Decapitate, stake through the heart, and bury underneath a crossroads, just to make sure it won't come back.

But... If you bury the heart underneath a crossroads, you summon a rogue deamon process that goes around giving processes 1 wish before kill -9 ing them!

Re:Just remember... (1)

Tumbleweed (3706) | more than 4 years ago | (#31360544)

Decapitate, stake through the heart, and bury underneath a crossroads, just to make sure it won't come back.

Rule #1: Cardio

Two things... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31359290)

1) “Old friend”? Hardly.

2) This should be in idle.

Re:Two things... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31359738)

3) "Funeral"? - Should be a "Party to celebrate the death of ie6"

Stay dead! (3, Funny)

dk90406 (797452) | more than 4 years ago | (#31359306)

If I were to attend the funeral it would only be to ensure that it is truly dead! I would carry a stake, an axe and an EMP-gun in case the beast tries to rise again.

Re:Stay dead! (1)

c++0xFF (1758032) | more than 4 years ago | (#31359600)

Uh, oh ... a stake won't work! From the article:

"It's going to be a hard sucker to kill," Siegler wrote in a recent post. "But at least a funeral will provide some closure until we find the body."

Re:Stay dead! (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31360038)

I hear they tried to find the body with getElementsByTagName("body"), but got nothing.

Re:Stay dead! (1)

ircmaxell (1117387) | more than 4 years ago | (#31359636)

Or, in this case, a web page with instructions to press F1...

Re:Stay dead! (1)

Opportunist (166417) | more than 4 years ago | (#31360452)

I wanted to say something similar, that I hope for open coffin so I can check for myself that it is really, really IE6 and that it's really, really dead.

Make a Scene (4, Funny)

pete-classic (75983) | more than 4 years ago | (#31359308)

I'm inclined to show up, very drunk, and make a scene. Certainly calling the deceased "my abuser". Probably inexplicably accusing the mourners of being "hypocrites" and/or "phonies". Possibly culminating in me falling into the grave and freaking out.

-Peter

Re:Make a Scene (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31359748)

Somebody should go there and wave "God hates IE6" signs.

Just wait til an hour after they leave (1)

nadamucho (1063238) | more than 4 years ago | (#31359826)

There'll be another man, dressed in camo, to walk up and piss on the grave. I may or may not take credit.

It's been dead for years.. (1)

MikeFM (12491) | more than 4 years ago | (#31359322)

I'm waiting to dance on it's grave. It's been dead for years but some disgusting people out there just keep hanging on to it's rotting corpse.

It's nice to know in this time of economic turmoil (0, Flamebait)

ClosedSource (238333) | more than 4 years ago | (#31359344)

that some people still have time to waste at work. On the other hand, they got some free publicity out of it.

It's nice to know in this time of devastating... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31359902)

It's nice to know in this time of devastating earthquakes, SOME people can still whine about what others do in their own time.

+3 Insightful... piss off you mods on crack.

Re:It's nice to know in this time of economic turm (1)

ae1294 (1547521) | more than 4 years ago | (#31360006)

that some people still have time to waste at work. On the other hand, they got some free publicity out of it.

and what the hell are you doing right now Mr ClosedSource? Shouldn't you be working on patching that buffer overflow exploit in your recursive malloc function that some nice researcher reported free of charge 8 months ago?

Re:It's nice to know in this time of economic turm (2, Insightful)

iamhassi (659463) | more than 4 years ago | (#31360376)

"that some people still have time to waste at work. On the other hand, they got some free publicity out of it."

That's what I was thinking, and who are they to decide IE6 died today? "Aten Design Group, a design firm in Denver, Colorado." Oh, right, well they're the authority on browsers then, the prestigious design group in Denver, and forget the 20% of internet users still using IE6 [cnn.com] "Despite its age, IE6 still held on to 19.8 percent of the market in February".

I hate IE6 as much as the next guy, but who am I (or Athn Design Group) to declare "it's dead"? Seems a bit presumptuous on their part, to declare themselves worthy of deciding what browsers we should use. What's next? "Up next at 10: Frank's Computers declares Windows XP dead, funeral on Friday, donations accepted"

Re:It's nice to know in this time of economic turm (1)

mini me (132455) | more than 4 years ago | (#31360628)

It may not be dead, but it certainly doesn't matter anymore. Netscape still had around 40% market share when most developers considered it dead. Most people quickly adopted IE after that because they had to. The faster we stop supporting IE, the faster people will upgrade to something more modern.

What about the 30% of people still using it? (2, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31359352)

This ceremony is all well and good, but of course it doesn't change the reality that approximately 30% of all web users still use IE6, either out of ignorance or because the company they work for doesn't allow any other browser...

In some countries, especially Korea and Japan, usage still hovers around 75%. IE6 has better support for the languages used there than its successors, and significantly better support tha even Firefox, Opera, Chrome and Safari offer.

Re:What about the 30% of people still using it? (1)

axl917 (1542205) | more than 4 years ago | (#31359860)

Um, tough?

Re:What about the 30% of people still using it? (2, Insightful)

tixxit (1107127) | more than 4 years ago | (#31360136)

Boss: "Hey, why did we have a 20% drop in revenue this quarter?"
Sales Guy: "Oh, we told everyone visiting with IE to piss off."
Boss: "Right, good job!"

Re:What about the 30% of people still using it? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31360412)

Hahahaha, it's not a problem for the people using IE, you fool.

It's a problem when this design firm's clients' traffic suddenly drops off 30-75% after a site update. As a small business owner, I'd be pretty fucking pissed off if my web designer basically eliminated half of my customers due to what's an ideological decision on their part.

Can you please give me your full name, address, and other relevant information? I want to make sure I never hire you to do any work for me. You are obviously too short-sighted to deal with reality.

Re:What about the 30% of people still using it? (2, Insightful)

Qzukk (229616) | more than 4 years ago | (#31360510)

I want to make sure I never hire you to do any work for me. You are obviously too short-sighted to deal with reality.

After you give us yours so we can make sure we never work for you. You're obviously going to demand that we spend twice the time developing the site on two rapidly diverging technology levels, essentially requiring us to make two copies of the site while only paying for one.

Re:What about the 30% of people still using it? (1)

mikael_j (106439) | more than 4 years ago | (#31360074)

Looking at the usage stats for my employer's two largest websites (which are "general use" websites and not in any way targeted at techies) I see IE6 going down from 5.5 - 6% at the start of the year to just under 5% in the last couple of weeks and from what I've heard from others they have similar numbers, at this point IE6 is completely marginalized on the web, the last places you'll find widespread IE6 usage is on certain corporate networks (and even those are slowly migrating away from it) and with those home users who never upgrade (anyone who's worked tech support has probably encountered this rare breed, the guy who's somehow managed to shoehorn Windows ME onto a 66MHz Pentium with 24 MiB of RAM and who absolutely refuses to admit that both his hardware and software are horribly outdated despite having to reinstall the network stack every other day after winme decides to munch on the files when crashing).

/Mikael

funeral? (2, Funny)

circletimessquare (444983) | more than 4 years ago | (#31359354)

couldn't we instead pillory and behead it, tie it to a stake and alight it on a burning pyre, and then stomp on its corpse?

I wanna be there too... (0, Redundant)

MrCoke (445461) | more than 4 years ago | (#31359356)

Just to make sure it's really dead.

Sorry to Hear (1)

kenp2002 (545495) | more than 4 years ago | (#31359368)

I am so sorry for you loss and offer my deep felt sympathy

While can say I hardly knew the deceased i felt a deep sense of loss upon hearing of their demise

(TRANSMISSION INNTERUPPTED)
(SIGHUP OVERRIDDEN)
(DROPPING SPOOLER)
01000111 01101111
01110010 01100100
01101111 01101110
00100000 01101001
01110011 00100000
01101111 01101110
00100000 01110100
01101000 01100101
00100000 01110111
01100001 01111001
00101110 00100000
01001011 01100101
01100101 01110000
00100000 01101001
01110100 00100000
01110011 01100001
01100110 01100101
00100000 01100110
01110010 01101111
01101101 00100000
01101000 01100101
01110010 00101110
00100000 01001000
01100101 01101100
01110000 00100000
01101001 01110011
00100000 01100011
01101111 01101101
01101001 01101110
01100111 00101110

(CONNECTION ABORTED)

In conclusion, he was a pick really...

Wishful thinking (4, Insightful)

mackil (668039) | more than 4 years ago | (#31359376)

This is all wishful thinking. Google ending support will not be the "final nail" in the proverbial coffin. IE 6 will continue to live in the corporate world (my own included unfortunately) for many years to come. This may be the first step, but its dancing before the music has started in my opinion.

Re:Wishful thinking (1)

alexborges (313924) | more than 4 years ago | (#31359444)

Got bitten by that very smart IT manager that "beleived" in ActiveX, did you?

Killem too.

Re:Wishful thinking (1, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31359472)

What belief is involved? It works just fine for our in house software. Hundreds use it everyday.

Re:Wishful thinking (1)

ColdWetDog (752185) | more than 4 years ago | (#31359874)

Hundreds use it everyday.

Including many fine, upstanding citizens from China, Russia and other wellsprings of volunteer programming talent.

Re:Wishful thinking (2, Insightful)

Promethus (564938) | more than 4 years ago | (#31359560)

Sadly true; most very large corporations I've worked for are still standardised on IE6 as are most government entities in the UK due to buying some awful piece of software that's tied to it. I think the real death of IE6 will come when governments start to drop support for it on their portals, but I'm not holding my breath for my (UK) government to lead the charge on that one.

Re:Wishful thinking (1)

c++0xFF (1758032) | more than 4 years ago | (#31359620)

I think IE6's ghost will be haunting us for quite a while.

Anybody got a proton pack handy?

Unlikely (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31360250)

Companies never use products that don't have commercial support. Nobody will support a broken browser that doesn't receive updates and the company will be left to their own devices, for which they will have nobody left to blame after they fire the entire IT dept.

MISSION ACCOMPLISHED (1)

Fastball (91927) | more than 4 years ago | (#31360266)

Major web development projects with IE6 have ended. In the Battle of the Internet, Mozilla Firefox and our Webkit competitors have prevailed. And now our team is engaged in programming and redesigning that site.

Structurally there's no difference. (3, Funny)

llvllatrix (839969) | more than 4 years ago | (#31359396)

A live code base and a retired code base have the same number of lines.

It's far from dead in the corporate world (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31359412)

where I work (BigMegaCorpCo) IE6 is still standard, and will be for the forseeable future. We're forbidden to upgrade to 7 or 8.

Re:It's far from dead in the corporate world (5, Funny)

natehoy (1608657) | more than 4 years ago | (#31359542)

Google: Bring out yer dead.
[IE8 puts IE6 on the cart]
IE8: Here's one.
Google: That'll be ninepence.
IE6: I'm not dead.
Google: What?
IE8: Nothing. There's your ninepence.
IE6: I'm not dead.
Google: 'Ere, he says he's not dead.
IE8: Yes he is.
IE6: I'm not.
Google: He isn't.
IE8: Well, he will be soon, he's very ill.
IE6: I'm getting better.
IE8: No you're not, you'll be stone dead in a moment.
Google: Well, I can't take him like that. It's against regulations.
IE6: I don't want to go on the cart.
IE8: Oh, don't be such a baby.
Google: I can't take him.
IE6: I feel fine.
IE8: Oh, do me a favor.
Google: I can't.
IE8: Well, can you hang around for a couple of minutes? He won't be long.
Google: I promised I'd be at the Torvalds'. They've lost nine today.
IE8: Well, when's your next round?
Google: Thursday.
IE6: I think I'll go watching some YouTube videos.
IE8: You're not fooling anyone, you know. [turns to Google]Isn't there anything you could do?
IE6: I feel happy. I feel happy.
[Google glances up and down the street furtively, then silences IE6 with his a whack of his club]
IE8: Ah, thank you very much.
Google: Not at all. See you on Thursday.
IE8: Right.

Re:It's far from dead in the corporate world (2, Funny)

llvllatrix (839969) | more than 4 years ago | (#31359654)

Actually, the impression I get from web developers is that IE6 is a witch. Maybe we should build a bridge out of it?

Re:It's far from dead in the corporate world (1)

iamhassi (659463) | more than 4 years ago | (#31360528)

or see if it weighs the same as a duck

Re:It's far from dead in the corporate world (1)

llvllatrix (839969) | more than 4 years ago | (#31360656)

Who are you, who are so wise in the ways of science?

Re:It's far from dead in the corporate world (5, Funny)

kungfugleek (1314949) | more than 4 years ago | (#31359890)

[Firefox goes by]
IE8: Who's that?
Google: Must be a king.
IE8: Why's that?
Google: Cuz he hasn't got ads all over him.

Re:It's far from dead in the corporate world (1)

Graham J - XVI (1076671) | more than 4 years ago | (#31359966)

Best post ever, well done!

3 Monty Python

Re:It's far from dead in the corporate world (1)

llvllatrix (839969) | more than 4 years ago | (#31360112)

Yes, 5 Monty Python.

Re:It's far from dead in the corporate world (1)

Graham J - XVI (1076671) | more than 4 years ago | (#31360292)

Thanks to /. for removing the leading less-than symbol ;)

Re:It's far from dead in the corporate world (1)

NeoSkandranon (515696) | more than 4 years ago | (#31360180)

+6 giggling at my desk

Re:It's far from dead in the corporate world (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31360704)

There is no better way to honor a comedy troupe, famous for their innovative, fresh, imaginative skteches that to endlessly repeat them.

Re:It's far from dead in the corporate world (1)

isama (1537121) | more than 4 years ago | (#31359722)

i'd consider it necrophillia..

Just a publicity stunt (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31359514)

IE6 is still very much alive and will still be for the next 2 years. In the meanwhile I'll be more than happy to provide support for it, after learning it's quirks all these years.

Official Site (5, Informative)

Spansh (219937) | more than 4 years ago | (#31359580)

The official site is here http://ie6funeral.com/ [ie6funeral.com]

Don't know why it wasn't included in the summary.

What a waste of time (5, Insightful)

strangemachinex (1659711) | more than 4 years ago | (#31359584)

What's wrong with these people?

It was... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31359608)

A nice guy actually...

Funny... (0, Redundant)

SwashbucklingCowboy (727629) | more than 4 years ago | (#31359624)

But my company is still using IE6 as its standard browser. IE6 ain't dead yet...

As someone who never uses any IE.. (1)

foodnugget (663749) | more than 4 years ago | (#31359674)

I see that I'm actually "running" IE 6.0.whatever.

I never actually "use" it (use in quotes because who knows? the system is probably utilizing components of it for something stupid, like image display or file searching or playing the shutdown wav file), and I keep everything patched, but I suppose I'm possibly part of the problem... I am wary of what updating to 7 or 8 would do as far as installing more stuff on my otherwise working systems..

Is there any consensus as far as whether to upgrade or patch when the user will --never-- use IE6,7 or 8?

Read this on CNN (4, Interesting)

mattwrock (1630159) | more than 4 years ago | (#31359676)

Ordinarily, I wouldn't post this http://www.cnn.com/2010/TECH/03/04/ie6.funeral/index.html?hpt=T2 [cnn.com] , but the comments from non-techies are eye opening. They believe it's a "ploy" from Microsoft to get you to upgrade to Windows 7. You can pry IE 6 from their cold dead hands. IE 6 unfortunately, isn't dying anytime soon.

Shameless Plug (1)

WebmasterNeal (1163683) | more than 4 years ago | (#31359702)

I like the idea but it all seems like a shameless covert plug for "Aten Design Group, a design firm in Denver, Colorado"

Re:Shameless Plug (1)

Binestar (28861) | more than 4 years ago | (#31360526)

If you like the idea, what is so bad about being told who came up with it? Yes, it is a plug for them. My sig is a plug for Gentoo. This sentence is a plug for Bachelor chow. When google comes out with a new product and it gets mentioned along with their name or when there is a blood drive and it says red cross on the sign are you against those plugs as well?

Where is it buried? (2, Funny)

Locke2005 (849178) | more than 4 years ago | (#31359774)

Tell me where the grave site is, and I'll go put my dancing shoes on!

Re:Where is it buried? (1)

Crudely_Indecent (739699) | more than 4 years ago | (#31360344)

Hope you get there before I do.

I'm taking in a lot of liquids.

Friendsters, Microsofties, Redditors, lend me .... (3, Interesting)

Snowhare (263311) | more than 4 years ago | (#31359800)

your ears;

I come to bury IE6, not to praise it.
The evil that Microsoft does lives after it;
The good is oft interred with their code;
So let it be with IE6, The noble Stallman
Hath told you IE6 was ambitious:
If it were so, it was a grievous fault;
And grievously hath IE6 answer'd it.
Here, under leave of Ballmer and the rest, -
For IE6 is an honorable browser;
So are they all, all honorable browsers, -
Come I to speak in IE6's funeral.
It was my friend, faithful and just to me:
But Stallman says he was ambitious;
And Stallman is an honorable man.

Irony (1)

Tempest_2084 (605915) | more than 4 years ago | (#31359838)

I find it ironic that I'm reading this article using IE 6 (my company refuses to get rid of it!). Would this be called Necro-Browsing?

Correction: "Hail, Hail! The Witch is Dead" (1)

Fujisawa Sensei (207127) | more than 4 years ago | (#31359844)

"More than 100 people, many of them dressed in black, are expected to gather around a coffin Thursday to say goodbye to an old fiend....

There, I corrected you.

"Hail, Hail! The Witch is Dead"

"And there was great rejoicing."

Forgot to Mention (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31359910)

The obituary forgot to mention that IE6 is also survived by his wife Windows XP, probably because she was having an affair with Firefox....Hussy.

premature ejaculation (1)

elloGov (1217998) | more than 4 years ago | (#31359994)

Most corporations will phase out IE6 support much later.

As Bender would say (1)

Crudely_Indecent (739699) | more than 4 years ago | (#31360160)

REST IN HELL CRAPVILLE!

So long (1)

VincenzoRomano (881055) | more than 4 years ago | (#31360172)

and thanks for all the bugs and backdoors!

I'd attend... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31360176)

But there might be people who consider it bad taste if I were to dance on the coffin.

Just tell us where it's buried (1)

Anonymous Struct (660658) | more than 4 years ago | (#31360178)

So we all know where to pee.

A funeral? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31360258)

I Still Use IE6. (0, Troll)

dcollins (135727) | more than 4 years ago | (#31360318)

Mod me down! (Flamebait/Troll, just like last time.)

So it goes. (1)

bregmata (1749266) | more than 4 years ago | (#31360350)

So it goes.

My IE6 Memories (1)

BigBlueOx (1201587) | more than 4 years ago | (#31360372)

There seemed to lurk in IE6's bearing some cryptic, sardonic arrogance, as if he had come to find all human beings dull though having moved among stranger and more potent entities. He was, of course, virtually an outcast, suspected of vague horrors and daemoniac alliances which seemed all the more menacing because they could not be named, understood, or even proved to exist.

I met him once when I was younger and he shewed me a mangled frame containing the incomprehensible word "YOGSOTHOTHE" and promised me that we would meet again one day. So it is with mixed feelings that I hear of the death of IE6, for I well remember that strange couplet from the blasphemous book by The Mad Arab Abdul Alhazred that he spake to me as a goodbye: "That is not dead which can eternal lie"

Just as with Gravenreuth's funeral (1)

Opportunist (166417) | more than 4 years ago | (#31360480)

I am tempted to go just to see how many would come, and how many are just there, like me, to see how many came.

I will never upgrade my IE6. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31360530)

Not until I am given the option in IE8 to revert the GUI to match IE6's EXACTLY.

There is NOTHING I hate more than a forced interface change.

If anyone knows how I can do this without installing a 3rd party application let me know.

Otherwise IE6 will remain on my machine forever.

A modest proposal (1)

Angst Badger (8636) | more than 4 years ago | (#31360666)

Not that I would advocate any such thing, but it should would be nice if someone would use one of the many security holes in IE6 to quietly and automatically upgrade all IE6 installations to IE8.

Not dead for some... (1)

ErichTheRed (39327) | more than 4 years ago | (#31360676)

For some companies, people are stuck on IE 6 for a variety of reasons:

  • ActiveX - I can't tell you how many poorly-designed browser-interface applications (made by large vendors in fact) rely on IE 6's specific way of downloading, handling and instantiating ActiveX controls. This is especially true for the crazy ones like a VPN app that downloads and installs an entire network driver and stack.
  • Apps - see above, these are often vertical market apps with very few customers. There's little incentive to upgrade them. Plus when the vendors offer new versions, companies don't take them because it costs huge bucks to upgrade.
  • Inertia
  • Rendering problems. This is going on at a company I used to work for. They bought into a hugely-expensive content management system for their intranet, and the page templates it creates don't render in IE 7 or 8. Same problem as above...huge money for an upgrade, no reason to do so as far as the people in charge of the intranet are concerned. So the choice is - do we make the site look like crap by upgrading the browser, or do we stick with what we have and deal with the security mess?

I know web designers can't stand developing for IE 6, Firefox, Opera, Safari, etc. etc., but I'll bet you there are way more corporate IE 6 users than you think!

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