The buzz has been around for quite some time now. Google announced that they were no longer going to support IE 6 and the clever folks at Aten Design Group snapped up ie6funeral.com to announce the next Aten Office party. They asked folks to RSVP and leave thoughts on the site. Little did they know that it would suddenly be a top trender on Twitter, that the BBC would pick up on the scheme, that they would get Techcrunched, featured on the front page of Slashdot and get on the front page of CNN.
I arrived with friends, suitably attired in my black suit and slowly made my way over to the casket where the corpse was lying in repose. I had to meander past folks with protest plackards and through a group of mourners surrounding the pine box. Ben gave his last respects and ended his personal moment with a crossing of his chest.
But IE6's time had come. It's 30% theming surcharge needed to come to an end. In many ways this funeral was more like a wake, with people sharing the good, the bad and the ugly about this creature had gone distinctly "off".
"Pastor" Brad gave his opening remarks and handed the mike off to Justin, who gave a little history into how this "tragedy" had come into being.
After Justin's opening had come to an end, the microphone was handed to the first of the eulogisers, Scott - describing himself as a "frenemy".
John Fiala went next, remembering the best of this old "friend".
Carl took the stage next, with a slighly tear dampened scrap of paper - his thoughts scribed carefully.
A dear unidentified mourner shared her pain.
We were reminded that IE6 really helped pay the bills and for that we should be grateful.
Remarks of those who couldn't make it to the funeral were shared.
Thanks Aten, it was fun mingling with like minded people and having a little fun at a really old browser's expense.