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May 07

Finalé, it has happened to me :-(

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I got stung! Only the other week I was recalling the era of decoy mp3s. Now listen carefully children – occasionally, back at the turn of the century, the odd illegal download of a new mp3 would be a decoy, or a loop of the intro. Imagine! You wasted those four hours it took to download that 5MB of mp3. “Oo, that hasn’t happened to me in ages” thought not-at-all-superstitious me.

(Of course I don’t download illegal mp3s, never have, but that explanation hadn’t occurred to me before I sat down to write this on a public website.)

ANYWAY. Telly. An episode of current top dramas – a 24, a Lost – weighs in at 350MB these days. And although you can get a lucky torrent that finishes in 30 mins, it’s usually a few hours even now with the internet running on mega-tubes, or whatever it is.

Now 24 has just had its finale and I JUST FELL FOR A DECOY of sorts. (Not that I actually download illegal telly. I’m just writing an entertaining story for you here.) The file, although the right size, just played a still caption telling me I needed a special player and I should download it now. Obv the player will be full of hideous trojan malware that infects your browser and turns your PC into another zombie in the legion spambot army. They haven’t bothered writing one for the Mac. Obv. So saved.

Anyway, Lost finale tonight…

Comments

  1. 1

    TS: “hideous trojan malware that infects your browser and turns your PC into another zombie in the legion spambot army” vs “watching any ep of 24”

    —:D

  2. 2
    Andrew Farrell on 23 May 2007 #

    (applause for the title)

  3. 3
    Graeme Burk on 23 Jul 2007 #

    If I were to tell a funny story (that of course didn’t happen to me I’m just telling it purely for entertainment value) I would tell of the time I actually fell for a decoy with the season opener of the last season of The Sopranos. Which I discovered was not the season opener of the last season of The Sopranos but rather was a gay porn film called “Gay Black N—ers from Outer Space” Suffice it to say, I now check the comments section. Or I would if this wasn’t anything but a story.

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