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  • too bad tierra already closed the lid on DCMC filler (hillarious IBM commerical)

    so, while relaxing earlier this evening in a state of significant mental elevation (as evidenced by a long, rambling, and semi-coherent post to a recent thread in which i called for mass, non-violent revolution against a hotel or something) i decided that tv was sucking hardcore and that i would rummage through a drawer of VHS tapes to find some quality comedy programming.

    i came across a tape marked "Drew Carey Comedy Central Special" which seemed promising enough. i have to tell you, future generations who grow up with Tivo and PVR technologies may never know the supreme enjoyment had from the viewing of old commericals. they're like a whole VH1 program of nostalgic clips and references to the past packed into 2 minutes.

    anyway, this recording of a comedy central broadcast must date from around 1998 or 1999 (commercials for the second season of south park, viva variety, and the daily show with craig kilborn were seen) right around the time when the internet was a corporate buzzword and the whole idea of computer security was a mysterious and hard-to-grasp concept by many.

    back when hackers were a non-descript boogeyman and data compromise was pictured by many as something akin to an attack by a platoon of magical bears, IBM put out this commercial [4 MB, XviD codec], served with a heaping side of FUD, to let corporate clients know that there was someone to turn to with concerns about "those evil computer criminal who must be kept at bay."

    some may disagree, but i found it a pretty funny glimpse at the past. much has changed, but much has stayed the same.

    p.s. - if anyone wants to mirror that file, feel free. my cable modem will thank you
    Deviant Ollam
    Semi-Professional Swearer
    Last edited by Deviant Ollam; July 16, 2005, 00:02.
    "I'll admit I had an OiNK account and frequented it quite often… What made OiNK a great place was that it was like the world's greatest record store… iTunes kind of feels like Sam Goody to me. I don't feel cool when I go there. I'm tired of seeing John Mayer's face pop up. I feel like I'm being hustled when I visit there, and I don't think their product is that great. DRM, low bit rate, etc... OiNK it existed because it filled a void of what people want."
    - Trent Reznor

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    Originally posted by Deviant Ollam
    back when hackers were a non-descript boogeyman and data compromise was pictured by many as something akin to an attack by a platoon of magical bears, IBM put out this commercial, served with a heaping side of FUD, to let corporate clients know that there was someone to turn to with concerns about "those evil computer criminal who must be kept at bay."
    I remember there was a whole series of those commercials, too lazy to google. Added to filler and mirrored here. It'll be in the torrent release coming soon as well since I haven't made the torrent just yet.

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      Originally posted by Tierra
      Added to filler and mirrored here. It'll be in the torrent release coming soon as well since I haven't made the torrent just yet.
      if i can raise enough money i am going to commission a three part double-blind scientific study in the hopes of answering the question "just how is it possible for people in this community to kick so much ass?"

      tierra, you definitely are in the ranks of those who make our community something of which i'm proud to be a part. adding a clip after the filler was already locked in, mirroring it to help my bandwidth, and just generally being a really together cat... thanks, man. we're very fortunate to have someone like you among us.

      heh... you'll all have to forgive me. someone gave me some really terrific pot a couple days ago and i've been riding some sort of life-elevating wave of good vibes and karmic appreciation. siviak and now tierra are on the receiving end of outpourings of praise from my simultaneously clouded and unclouded soul. i'm certain that if this wave of positivity keeps up i'll be hugging everyone at the AP and by the end of the con i'll be randomly handing out puppies.
      "I'll admit I had an OiNK account and frequented it quite often… What made OiNK a great place was that it was like the world's greatest record store… iTunes kind of feels like Sam Goody to me. I don't feel cool when I go there. I'm tired of seeing John Mayer's face pop up. I feel like I'm being hustled when I visit there, and I don't think their product is that great. DRM, low bit rate, etc... OiNK it existed because it filled a void of what people want."
      - Trent Reznor

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