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February 25, 2006

0118 999 881 999 119 7253

Filed under: humor,video — Tags: , — Alfonso Surroca @ 2:56 am

If you haven’t seen The I.T. Crowd by now, then you’re obviously not living in the U.K., and/or not a geek. I am, of course, of the latter. Courtesy of someone posting at youtube.com and obviously violating some kind of copyright, here is a hillarious clip:

Enjoy! You’ll understand what 0118 999 881 999 119 7253 means in a moment, as soon as you press the play arrow above. Essentially, this show comes in the fine tradition of office comedies, such as Dilbert, Office Space, and The Office (U.K., then U.S. version). And if you’re a geek, you’ll absolutely love it.

February 18, 2006

Digital On-screen Graphics: Pop-ups for Television

Filed under: advertising,rants — Alfonso Surroca @ 12:29 am

Have you noticed your screen real-estate shrinking?

Years ago, networks began placing their network IDs as digital on-screen graphics, nicknamed "bugs", small watermark logos that often appear in the lower right-hand corner of the television broadcast. These began as innocuous, only mildly obtrusive logo watermarks which popped up infrequently during broadcasts to remind viewers which network they were viewing. In an era before time-shifted set-top boxes and on-demand digital cable broadcasts, these little logos did provide some measure of benefit to viewers, allowing channel-surfers to know precisely what network they were watching in an instant. This was how these "bugs" became a Trojan horse for advertising. (more…)

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