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May 25, 2006

Hi-Q Videos

Welcome to our great high-quality video site. Here you'll find high-quality music videos, trailers and viral videos.

You're currently using Firefox. Our site supports only Internet Explorer 6 on Windows XP SP2.

[Linux, Mac audiences leave. A part of the Windows XP SP2 audience opens Internet Explorer 6...]

Welcome to our great high-quality video site. Here you'll find high-quality music videos, trailers and viral videos.

You can select a video from our huge collection of videos.

[Selecting a Shakira video from their 20 hi-q videos.]

To download this video, you need an ActiveX. Would you like to install it?

[Clicking OK three times on different warnings and strange dialogs. The ActiveX installs, along with a desktop icon, a Start Menu icon, a system tray icon and probably many other shortcuts.]

The video is now downloading. Please wait until our software downloads 100 MB of high-quality video.

[Waiting to download the video. Fortunately, I have a broadband connection, so I have to wait only 7-8 minutes. The player opens.]

Upgrading Windows Media... You need a new component for Windows Media Player. Please upgrade...

[I click on upgrade.]


The component could not be upgraded.

[A brief ad begins.]



Any connection with AOL Hi-Q Video is coincidental.

2 comments:

  1. Thats why video.google.com exists. Screw HD, screw all the dependencies/requirements/compatabilities. When HD vids comes in one accepted format , and Internet is fast enough to stream it (that is something like 24Mbit minimum) and then ill think about it.

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  2. This is exactly the kind of thing that causes domestic violence and collateral mutilations among friends. When my friend B___ invited me over to see a movie yesterday, it turns out he wanted to view the DVD on a projector that didn't have all the parts, using my laptop which didn't yet have a DVD codec, which in turn led to several attempts at installing DirectX 9, which led to a marathon struggle to download and install XP SP2, which led.... scrambling for notes) Let's just say, I fell asleep, this morning rushed in late to work without my laptop, and when I dropped by after work I found it layed out on his kitchen floor in approximately 37 pieces, each marked with a color-coded piece of duct tape and strange heiroglyphics that somehow related to a diagram drawn on the front of his refrigerator using glitter-gloss lip liner. I just stood there for a moment and then left. And this! THIS is what started it!

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